The native peoples of this continent have experienced a devastating and centuries long history of genocide and stigmatization, with upwards of 90% of their populations killed off following the arrival of European settlers. Despite extraordinary resiliency and managing to preserve threads of culture, the historical trauma and current lack of resources continues to devastate indigenous communities today, many with lowest rates of life-expectancy and highest rates of suicide and incarceration in the US. Despite the unspeakable historic debt we owe the native peoples of this country, as well as dire levels of public health and wellbeing, less than .05% of all philanthropic dollars go to support Native American communities. The stigma continues.
The Riverstyx Foundation works to support indigenous peoples through the preservation of sacred plant medicines, which have been used for thousands of years in healing ceremonies, and have the potential to address trauma, addiction, and the reconnection to native spirituality and culture. We aim to support sustainable access to these medicines, as well as empowering native communities, and the traditions which surround them, to ensure that these sacred plants and ceremonies can bring healing for generations to come.