Reclaiming lost foodways: An overview of the growing Native American food movement (MFFN Briefing)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 8:30am - 11:30am CDT
Northwest Area Foundation, 60 Plato Blvd E # 400, St Paul, MN 55107

Description: The indigenous peoples of this continent once enjoyed protein-rich, healthy diets. But dispossession of ancestral lands, colonization, and cultural deprivation changed that.  Today their descendants suffer from the worst overall health disparities of any ethnic or racial group in America, a state of affairs in which bad nutrition is a major factor.  As a whole, Native Americans are the poorest of the poor, and deal with acute food access problems.  But in recent years – here in Minnesota and nationally, on reservations and in urban centers – Native American leaders and activists have been creating a movement to restore dietary health through reclaiming their ancestral foodways and asserting their food sovereignty.

Join the Minnesota Food Funders Network for a fascinating introduction to the efforts of Minnesota-based efforts to address the food and nutrition crisis in Indian Country, and learn how Native-led work can point the way for broader solutions useful to the general population.

Registration and breakfast from The Sioux Chef will be available at 8:30am; the program will start at 9:00am.


  • Chris Georgacas, Shakopee Mdewakaton Sioux Community
  • David Manuel, Red Lake Nation
  • Diane Wilson, Dream of Wild Health
  • Amber Cardinal, American Indian Cancer Foundations

Register by: May 3, 2017

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