Since 2007, Red Star has operated as a Native-owned small business and social enterprise providing public health services with Tribal Nations and Organizations in the United States (U.S.). In 2011, our work extended beyond the U.S. mainland to include partnerships in the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. Given our geographic expansion, we reevaluated our current structure and made the decision to become a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving indigenous communities internationally.
Self-determination and the promotion of healthy and vibrant Indigenous communities are at the very heart of everything we do. Over the last seven years, profits have been reinvested back into communities through resources and services. This type of reinvestment is what a non-profit is all about and reflects how Red Star operates. It also aligns with our social objectives of strengthening the role of sovereignty to improve community health. The communities we serve will benefit in the following ways:
- Reduce the financial burden of contract services by grant seeking.
- Foster international indigenous exchange to promote traditional practices, wellness models, and approaches to improving health.
- Increase the availability and accessibility to training, educational materials, resource guides, and other technical assistance.
- Develop innovative partnerships to achieve shared goals.
We are excited about the new year and our new direction! We are grateful to the many organizations, communities, and individuals we have worked with since we started. Our hope is to continue working together in new and innovative ways!