IndigenousWell™

Food, Fitness, Wellness + Indigenous Voices

The Concept

Throughout Cherokee Nation, well sites and spring houses once served as community gathering places. These sites provided a water source, but were also cool places to store foods. This is a modest attempt to recreate such a space. A gathering place to experiment and share thoughts on life in Indian country, particularly health, wellness and sometimes politics. Listen to stories, tell stories, build each other up, laugh, love and lead. Built with other Indigenous women in mind, this is a place to share ideas and life hacks to help each other be stronger, healthier, more active, and reclaim/evolve Indigenous wellness in a realistic way. Many things about Indian country make it hard to sustain a healthy lifestyle and we won’t shy away from talking about that, and every thing else.

Recent Posts

Famous Last Words, Dean 2.0

Famous Last Words, Dean 2.0

Last week, most of you heard that I’ll be starting a new gig soon. In the latest episode of “the 20 year old Stacy never saw this coming,” I’ll pick up as dean of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University effective February 1, 2023. This…

Auntie Ballers and How Natives “Discovered” Basketball

Auntie Ballers and How Natives “Discovered” Basketball

Basketball holds a special place in Indian country. In fact, Natives “discovered” basketball and now claim it as their own. True. It’s ours. If you are skeptical of this “discovery” assertion, you should have been in Norman, Oklahoma this weekend for the Annual “Oklahoma’s Best” All Indian State Tournament. Or…

Lori Enlow: The Gift of Life

Lori Enlow: The Gift of Life

L Despite my best efforts and self-awareness, my mind will still sometimes take a word and then pop-up a stereotype. A quick image in my mind of what X should look like. When you hear the words “ultra-marathoner” and “endurance athlete,” what do YOU think of? My friend Lori Enlow…

Picking Up Broken Glass + Broken Hearts

Picking Up Broken Glass + Broken Hearts

This week, I audibly sighed. At so many things. Near the top of that list? A few of the questions posed to the Hon. Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo woman nominated to serve as the next Secretary of Interior. Not just the Indian Affairs part of Interior, the whole Department…

Stacy Leeds: Being (un) Healthy

Stacy Leeds: Being (un) Healthy

I’m a professor, former law dean, judge, mom. The last 25 years, I’ve been going hard and fast. Most of the time, my energy is spent on the good stuff I wouldn’t take back, but I have a tendency to revert back to a lifestyle that could kill me if…

Here We Go Again . . .

Here We Go Again . . .

Stacy Leeds (Cherokee Nation) | Age 52 | Downtown Phoenix + Tahlequah | Part Three ᏦᎢ Last month marked the third anniversary of this blog AND the one year anniversary of my re-entry into the law dean world. Last year,  I chronicled my health hesitancy with the post: Dean 2.0. Spoiler alert.…

Pete Coser, Jr: Apeyvkes! (Let’s Go!)

Pete Coser, Jr: Apeyvkes! (Let’s Go!)

Pete Coser, Jr. | Age: 42 | Jenks, OK (Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation)Muscogee, Choctaw, and Chickasaw Marathon Runner Pete’s dad is an educator and that was my tie to the Coser family. Over the last few years, I’ve been watching Pete Coser, Jr. as he had made remarkable strides in…

High on the Hill

High on the Hill

Earlier this month, Judge Sara Hill started her new job. She is a new federal district court judge. United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.  I’m on the way to the American Bar Association’s Midyear meeting where, amoung other events, I’ll attend the ABA’s Spirit of Excellence…

Stacy Leeds: Being (un) Healthy

Stacy Leeds

I’m a professor, former law dean, judge, mom. The last 25 years, I’ve been going hard and fast. Most of the time, my energy is spent on the good stuff I wouldn’t take back, but I have a tendency to revert back to a lifestyle that could kill me if I didn’t get it together.

Meet Up @IndigenousWell and Do Indigenous,Well

Built with other Indigenous women in mind, this is a place to share ideas and life hacks to help each other be stronger, healthier, more active, and reclaim/evolve Indigenous wellness in a realistic way. For me, that means eating more whole foods, more plant-based foods but still have an occassional big marbley ribeye. It also means saying yes to familiar/yummy things at community events, ceremony or family dinners, but knowing it just can’t be an everyday thing if I’m gonna be at the top of my game for the long haul. Many things about Indian country make it hard to sustain a healthy lifestyle and we won’t shy away from talking about that, and every thing else.