2. Protecting Our Living Relatives: Environmental Reproductive Justice and Seed Rematriation
Elizabeth Hoover [+]
University of California, Berkeley
For many Native American communities, understandings of family, fertility, and “collective continuance” are closely rooted to the protection, preservation, and revitalization of native seeds.1 Following on generations of eradication and assimilation, during which the fertility of both Native peoples and gardens have come under threat, Native people have utilized or developed a series of movements, including the reproductive justice movement, the environmental justice movement, and the seed rematriation movement, in an effort to protect and reunite Native families, including their seed relatives.