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Katsi Cook

Katsi Cook

Katsi Cook is a traditional midwife, activist on women’s issues, and founding director of the First Environment Project, a social-justice program with field operations in New York State and Washington, D.C.  A member of the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Nation at the Akwesasne reservation in upstate New York, Ms. Cook is widely recognized for her pioneer study of the impact of PCBs and heavy-metal pollutants on the breast milk of Native women in Great Lakes Indian communities. That study led her to the realization that informs all her work: “Women are the first environment.” Among Ms. Cook’s numerous educational and professional achievements is her participation in the Plenty International Midwives Training Program in Tennessee from 1977 through 1983. She is a respected writer and lecturer, and a devoted midwife and grandmother who has lovingly brought many children into the world.