Research and Learning Tools

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances. 

Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT)

The only comprehensive data base of contaminated sites in Alaska with the mapping of 2,000 military, oil and gas, mining and other industrial sites.

Alaska Native Science Commission

The mission of the ANSC is to endorse and support scientific research that enhances and perpetuates Alaska Native cultures, and ensures the protection of indigenous cultures and intellectual property.

Alaska Traditional Knowledge and Native Foods Database

The goal of the project is to build capacity among Alaska tribes to take effective action to clearly identify and address their concerns about radionuclides, other types of contamination, and adverse changes in the environment. Sponsored by the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Alaska Native Science Commission. 

Annotated Bibliography - Traditional Healing

Primarily unpublished literature on "Alaska Native Traditional Healing" which is defined as Alaska Native beliefs and practices on illness, disease prevention, and health promotion. (PDF, 111.6 KB)

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP)

AMAP's objectives are to measure the levels and assess the effects of pollution (contaminants) from human sources in the Arctic environment.

Circle of Healing

A traditional healing model developed by Robert Morgan, PhD. (PDF, 1.19 MB)

Climate Change Adaptation: Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples Inhabiting the Arctic and Far North

This website was developed by the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education. It contains multimedia modules with interdisciplinary complex of indigenous knowledge related to mitigation and adaptation to environmental changes in the regions that have similar climate and face similar environmental problems in the Far North of Russia. 

Enviro-Health Links - Pesticide Exposure

This National Library of Medicine (NLM) Enviro-Health Links site addresses the relationship between pesticides and human health. The page provides links to selected web sites on pesticide exposure, as well as on the treatment and prevention of pesticide poisoning.

Environmental Health Perspectives

Monthly journal of peer-reviewed research and news published by the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. 

First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Study (FNFNES)

Using an ecozone sampling framework, the FNFNES aims to gather information with 100 randomly selected First Nations communities across Canada about: current traditional and store-bought food use; food security; testing traditional foods for nutrient values and environmental chemical hazards; and testing drinking water for heavy metals and surface water for pharmaceutical metabolites. 

Gwich'in: Social and Cultural Institute - Research into Traditional Uses of Plants

The results of this research are now available in a joint publication called Gwich'in Ethnobotany: Plants Used by the Gwich'in for Food, Medicine, Shelter and Tools. The site also includes the Gwich'in Ethnobotany Database.

Haz-Map: Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents

This is an occupational health database developed by the National Library of Medicine for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biological agents at work. 


This is an interactive, electronic herbal database that provides access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and the general public. A project of the Alternative Medicine Foundation. 

Household Products Database

A consumer guide that provides information on the potential health effects of chemicals contained in more than 6,000 common household products used inside and around the home. This resource helps scientists and consumers learn about ingredients in brand-name products. 

Marine Toxins - CDC Web site

Marine toxins are naturally occurring chemicals that can contaminate certain seafood. The seafood contaminated with these chemicals frequently looks, smells, and tastes normal. When humans eat such seafood, disease can result.   (Archived version of webpage)

Medicinal Herb Garden

Located on the campus of University of Washington in Seattle, the Medicinal Herb Garden is a resource for herbalists, medics, and botanists of all levels. Access the information you need by using either the botanical or common name of the herb you are researching. 

Native American Ethnobotany Database

A database of almost 45,000 items concerning foods, drugs, dyes and fibers of Native American peoples, derived from plants. Maintained by the University of Michigan - Dearborn. 

Native American Herbal Remedies

Developed by the Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston, this is a list of Native American herbal remedies for various ailments. 

Native American/Alaska Native Traditional Healing - Focus on AIDS

A fact sheet produced by the New Mexico AIDS Education and Training Center with partial funding by the National Library of Medicine.


A Geographic Information System (GIS) from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that uses maps of the United States to help users visually explore data from the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). 


An interactive guide to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places. Tox Town is a project of the Specialized Information Services Division of the National Library of Medicine and was launched in October, 2002. 

Traditional Ecological Knowledge Prior Art Database (T.E.K.*P.A.D.)

Public domain documentation concerning indigenous knowledge and plant species uses. This is an American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) project. 

Traditional Use of Medicinal Plants

Ann Garibaldi 's book is a compilation of traditional medicinal plant use by Alaska Natives from across the state. This website gives goals and objectives of the book, resource links, and ordering information for the book.  (Archived version of webpage)

Where You Live

Enter your zip code and choose from four databases to find environmental information about your community. 

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