Katsi Cook is an elder Mohawk midwife who works to promote processes of care, both clinical and socio-cultural, that support Native American women and girls in developing control of their reproductive power and voices.
Katsi is a nationally and internationally recognized community leader working at the intersections of environmental justice and reproductive justice. She currently serves as program director for First Environment Collaborative at Running Strong for American Indian Youth. Weaving Mohawk visionary epistemes with her work in environmental reproductive health, Katsi observes that:
“Women are the first environment. We are an embodiment of our Mother Earth. From the bodies of women flows the relationship of the generations both to society and the natural world. With our bodies we nourish, sustain and create connected relationships and interdependence. In this way the Earth is our mother, our ancestors said. In this way, we as women are earth.”