Turtle Island United
Turtle Island United Initiative was the combined efforts of PAZA, Antinanco and Partners for Native Nations that continued to support indigenous communties as they transitioned out of Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns, and sought to recover, organize and rebuild their communities, early in 2021. Turtle Island United Initiative was born from our "Native Covid-19 Campaign Project" which was our orgiginal project that assisted Native Communities with COVID-19 humanitarian relief aid and contribute to long-term economic, wellness and food security solutions. A big part of Turtle Island United was focused on helping these indigenous communities to create clean water solutions, food growing initiatives, and integrate preventative measures, nutritious foods and traditional plant medicines into everyday lifestyle. We believe that it is a critical component in improving the people’s health and well-being during the pandemic and beyond, taking into the account, specifically the needs of elders and children. This initiative included Health & Wellness kits, educational webseries, Water is Life campaign, supporting Lakota Horse Camp for Youth, Crocheting for a Cause, Sacred Sheep Skins, and supporting Native American artisans develop and market their products.
In the Fall of 2021 as more madates were lifted, Anitnanco and the Partners for Native Nations slowly began to return to the original missions prior the Turtle Island United Initiative, but not without being forever impacted by the time shared and the missions accomplished by coming together during the season of the Covid-19 pandemic.