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Body and Soul Sovereignty, United

Cause Area

  • Education & Literacy
  • Health & Medicine
  • LGBTQ+
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Women


20655 West Legend TrailBUCKEYE, AZ 85396 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To provide Native women with access to all-inclusive, evidence-based maternal and women’s health knowledge while promoting improved client - provider relationships. Knowledge is power, the power for Native women to have personal sovereignty in the right to learn, make informed health decisions, and change the course of their healthcare to end healthcare disparities.


Our mission was developed in response to the sudden loss of a significant healthcare system serving American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) women in urban Arizona affecting local and regional Tribal communities. They were not given choices nor guidance on how to proceed in seeking equitable care. The experience deprived them of their right to be part of the equation and to act as advocates in the decisions needed for their own healthcare.

In the aftermath, the members of Body and Soul Sovereignty, United (Aka BASS U) now strive to provide an alternative forum of knowledge, resources and advocacy by firstly, enlightening AIAN women on the body during the childbearing years, to support contraceptive choice, to provide direction regarding women’s health issues, to offer comfort and well-being during the menopausal years and to serve the health needs of Elder women. Secondly, BASS U aims to nurture the healing of the soul which embodies both a woman’s psyche and heart through education, community resources and culturally-sensitive mental health services focusing on mood and anxiety disorders. The evidence has confirmed the negative effects of untreated or inadequately managed mental health issues on the impact of one’s physical health, on one’s life course and on the course of future generations.


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