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The Cafe Ohlone Transition, in its Founders’ Words

This is an excerpt from an email message sent on July 6 to supporters of mak-‘amham, the Cafe Ohlone. We are reposting it here with permission from the writers. Learn more and support mak-‘amham online at makamham.com

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Food Sovereignty

8/13/2020

article Why global food systems should resemble those of the Indigenous Peoples
(Worldwide) -- When the Government of India implemented a lockdown to protect citizens from the transmission of COVID-19, the regular supply of food to rural communities...

8/11/2020

article Food insecurity amid COVID-19 prompts Native Americans to return to their roots
(Utah) -- From a traditional hogan in a remote area on the Utah-Arizona line, Cynthia Wilson spent much of her spring sourcing drought-resistant seeds, packing them in...

8/7/2020

article 28 Organizations Promoting Indigenous Food Sovereignty
(Worldwide) -- These 28 organizations are preserving Indigenous food systems and promoting Indigenous food sovereignty through the rematriation of Indigenous land, seeds...

8/6/2020

article 28 Organizations Promoting Indigenous Food Sovereignty
(Indian Country) -- The world’s Indigenous Peoples face severe and disproportionate rates of food insecurity. While Indigenous Peoples comprise 5 percent of the world’s...

8/5/2020

article For the Navajo Nation, a fight for better food gains new urgency
(Navajo Nation) -- When Summer Brown lived in Phoenix, she had no problem finding fresh produce. If the Sprouts supermarket near her home didn’t have what she was...
article FOOD BY THE BOOK: Washington interacted with many tribes
(Indian Country) -- With the recent ruling about Indian lands in eastern Oklahoma and the current questioning of many of the country’s founders as slaveholders, a...
article Protecting Indigenous bush foods and medicines against biopiracy
(Australia) -- The use of Indigenous knowledge and resources—including bush foods and bush medicines—is increasingly on-trend. Cosmetics, pharmaceutical...

8/3/2020

article Food insecurity amid COVID-19 prompts Native Americans to return to their roots
(Arizona) -- From a traditional hogan in a remote area on the Utah-Arizona line, Cynthia Wilson spent much of her spring sourcing drought-resistant seeds, packing them...

7/29/2020

article The Cafe Ohlone Transition, in its Founders’ Words
(California) -- This is an excerpt from an email message sent on July 6 to supporters of mak-‘amham, the Cafe Ohlone. We are reposting it here with permission from...

7/28/2020

article Green Party leadership candidates debate food security and the North's economy
(North Canada) -- The nine candidates vying to replace Elizabeth May as the leader of the Green Party held their fourth leadership debate on Monday with a focus on the...
article Navajo Nation Sees Farming Renaissance During Coronavirus Pandemic
(Navajo Nation) -- Historically Navajos have lived off the land. But decades of assimilation, forced relocation and dependence on federal food distribution programs...

7/27/2020

article LISTEN: COVID-19 is Leading to Food Scarcity in Indigenous Communities
(New Mexico) -- As a result of the global pandemic, and the closures of restaurants and stores, we’ve seen a shortage in some food supplies. And while shortages...

7/25/2020

article Ben Jacobs, co-owner of fast-casual Native American restaurant Tocabe, reworks his business model
(Colorado) -- Ben Jacobs and Matt Chandra had to rethink their entire business model when stay-at-home orders were issued in Colorado as the novel coronavirus pandemic...

7/24/2020

article Canada slots nearly $15M for Nunavut harvesters to improve food security
(Canada) -- The federal government is giving Inuit in Canada over half of a $40-million grant for harvesters, and Nunavut Inuit will see the bulk of those funds.
article NAC: Salt for flavor and tradition
(Indian Country) -- Tribes from several regions have salt harvesting traditions. They include processing natural salt from sea water, saline ponds and lakes, and...

7/22/2020

article Future of food is fresh and green for Manitoulin First Nation
(Ontario) -- Last February, April Folz was attending a conference in Québec with a team from Sheshegwaning First Nation when a tradeshow display caught her eye. It was...

7/20/2020

article Climate Change Has Forced Indigenous Peoples in This Alaskan City to Pay $99 for a Turkey
(Alaska) -- In the Alaskan city of Kotzebue, the lack of sea ice stands to threaten the Iñupiat people’s ability to attain food sovereignty and adhere to their...

7/19/2020

article Ancient hoes point to Indigenous gardeners
(Manitoba) -- A rare find in southwestern Manitoba – modified bison shoulder blades – may lead to knowledge about a pre-contact agrarian Indigenous society...
article This Indigenous gardener is sharing his techniques to grow the next generation of green thumbs
(Canada) -- Isaac Crosby got his start at his family farm several decades ago and often credits his Indigenous and Black background as inspiration for the way he works....

7/17/2020

article Yukon charts course to increase local food production
(North Canada) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is cause for Yukon to increase its local food supply, says the minister responsible overseeing agriculture policy in the...

7/13/2020

article COVID-19 is exposing the food deserts around Native American reservations
(Indian Country) -- The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in Native communities around the United States is the result of historical and current systemic racism that...

7/9/2020

article NAC: Cultivating and preserving fish populations
(Indian Country) -- Native fisheries help stock waterways with species of fish that might not be able to sustain their populations without help. From salmon to trout to...

7/8/2020

article Southern Colorado mom and daughter keep Native American traditions rolling with their frybread food truck
(Colorado) -- There were lots of other things for a kid to do on the huge cattle ranch near Trinidad. But during her summer-long visits to the 2,500-acre ranch run by...

7/7/2020

article BLOG: Keeping seed sovereignty local
(New Mexico) -- On a chilly February morning in 2018, the New Mexico State Capitol in Albuquerque bustled with activity as constituents from across the state gathered to...

7/6/2020

article Tribes Poke At 'Illogical' Lummi Nation Bid To Fish For Crab
(Washington) -- Three Pacific Northwest tribes on Friday continued their effort to keep the Lummi Nation of Washington out of their fishing waters, with the Tulalip...

7/1/2020

article Cafe Ohlone to give meal kits a try while its founders envision ambitious next restaurant
(California) -- Two weeks ago, the world’s only Ohlone restaurant lost its home when Berkeley’s 46-year-old University Press Books closed its doors, a...

6/30/2020

article Red Cliff tribal member inks seasonal foods book
(Minnesota) -- A passion for food and reconnecting to his Ojibwe heritage has spurred a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians to take pen to...
press release Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi Reclaims the American Dream
(USA) -- Food has a magical ability to transport us to specific moments in our lives. One spoonful of a warm soup immediately reminds you of your grandmother’s...

6/29/2020

article "Resilience Recipes: Native Food-preneurs" Series Concludes June 29th with Chef Sean Sherman
(USA) -- The “Resilience Recipes: Native Food-preneur” series began a month and a half ago with a livestream cooking demonstration featuring Brian Yazzie (...

6/26/2020

article Tocabe Preparing To Launch A Prepared Meal, Pantry Box Delivery Program
(Denver) -- On March 15, Tocabe, An American Indian Eatery laid off its entire staff of 40 when both its Berkeley and Greenwood Village locations temporarily closed. But...

6/24/2020

article The Food World Needs to Listen to the Real Cultural Experts, Not Just Use Their Ingredients
(USA) -- Over 20 years in the food world, I have watched talented chefs and leading restaurants across the country help build a New American cuisine—which often came to...

6/22/2020

article With food supplies threatened by pandemic, tribes say they’re still waiting for permission for special hunts
(Alaska) -- Tribal governments and other communities in Alaska have been waiting for nearly two months for an answer to emergency hunting requests. The pandemic has...

6/19/2020

article Food is medicine: Six Nations chef fights colonization with cooking
(Ontario) -- Chef Aicha Smith-Belghaba's open concept kitchen allows her the space she needs to create. Surrounded by pottery and artwork from Six Nations and...

6/18/2020

article Rediscovering Detroit’s Roots Through Indigenous Food
(Detroit) -- On a frigid mid-February Saturday, a small crowd gathers in a silent, snow-covered clearing in the woods. The atmosphere was more reminiscent of a far-off...
article Beef Supply Chain Breaking? Not Even Close At The Quapaw Nation's Beef Processing Plant.
(Arkansas) -- When I visited Quapaw Nation's beef processing plant in 2018, it was less than a year old. The building was still pretty shiny and cattle and bison...

6/17/2020

article These Arizona Native food experts appear in Hulu's new series starring chef Padma Lakshmi
(Arizona) -- All across the United States, what is known as American food culture is inexorably tied with the influence of immigrant groups — but this culture lies...
article Navajo ranchers are raising premium beef.
(Arizona) -- The land on the Padres Mesa Demonstration Ranch, in northeastern Arizona, stretches so vast and wild that it can be perspective-skewing, easy to get lost in...

6/15/2020

article Indigenous seed banks rise to the challenge
(Guatemala) -- In the central highlands of Guatemala, Rosalia Asig Cho ushers a small group of visitors into a one-room building, filled floor to ceiling with shelves of...
article Youth Are Flipping an Abandoned North Carolina Prison into a Sustainable Farm
(North Carolina) -- On a crisp, windy day in March, 17-year-old Norman Garcia-Lopez tries to coax a donkey and a herd of 14 sheep from a fenced yard out to open pasture...

6/12/2020

article Chef calls Indigenous Food Lab 'a necessity for our future'
(Minnesota) -- Indigenous foods matter, and maybe now more than ever, said award-winning chef Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota founder of The Sioux Chef. "It's a...

6/11/2020

article Many Faces of Sovereignty: One Tribe’s Story of Reclaiming its Food System
(Indian Country) -- Before European settlers came to what we now call the Ohio River Valley, the Dehiga Sioux were on the move. Migrating west out of the Ohio River...
article Farmer Storytelling: Using a Relationship with the Land to Bring Back the Narragansett Community
(Rhode Island) -- This article is part of a five-part series on local farmers, in which we tell their startup stories and check in on how they’re dealing with...

6/9/2020

article Feeding an Indigenous Community and Rematriating Seeds in Minneapolis
(Minnesota) -- Well before COVID-19 disrupted the food supply and the civil unrest over George Floyd’s killing heightened food insecurity in Twin Cities...

6/8/2020

article NAC: Coronavirus concerns disrupt Native meat suppliers
(Indian Country) -- Meat processors are having a hard time getting back to pre-coronavirus production levels because of the potential for large infection outbreaks among...
article Man charged with poaching trophy whitetail
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota man has been charged with poaching a trophy whitetail deer last fall. Dugan Traversie shot the buck at the Timber Lake Elk Ranch. The...

6/5/2020

article NAC: Coronavirus concerns disrupt Native meat suppliers
(Indian Country) -- Meat processors are having a hard time getting back to pre-coronavirus production levels because of the potential for large infection outbreaks among...

6/4/2020

article Food as Medicine on the Navajo Nation
(Navajo Nation) -- In March, when COVID-19 closed down the schools in Kayenta, Arizona—just 25 miles from Chilchinbito, home to the first known case on the Navajo...
press release Food as Medicine on the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- In March, when COVID-19 closed down the schools in Kayenta, Arizona—just 25 miles from Chilchinbito, home to the first known case on the Navajo Nation—the...
article The Cherokee Chefs Bringing Back North America’s Lost Cuisine
(Oklahoma) -- In March, a few weeks before COVID-19 shut down the country, chef Nico Albert and her longtime mentee, chef Taelor Barton, met at Duet Restaurant + Jazz to...
article Q&A: Native Chef Camren Stott serves up culture, feeds elders
(Michigan) -- At just 24-years old, Anishinaabe personal chef Camren Stott has already made a name for himself in Michigan for his indigenous-inspired food, which is...

6/3/2020

article Tocabe Supports Native American Food Producers as It Reopens
(Colorado) -- Creating Native American cuisine goes beyond recipes; the ingredients and where they come from are just as important. So when Ben Jacobs and Matt Chandra,...
article Earth Notes: Dine' Native Plants Program
(Arizona) -- Mining, grazing, and drought have all taken a toll on land in the Southwest, including the Navajo Nation. Replanting the damaged landscape isn’t easy...
article Gardening Advice from Indigenous Food Growers
(Indian Country) -- Many Americans are now experiencing an erratic food supply for the first time. Among COVID-19’s disruptions are bare supermarket shelves and...

6/2/2020

article Tocabe, An American Indian Eatery Announces Grand Reopening of Both Locations
(Colorado) -- Tocabe announces the grand reopening of both its Colorado locations.
article Food sovereignty initiatives receive boost
(Quebec) -- This week, the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) announced it had approved funding for two new gardening initiatives that were deemed essential by the...

6/1/2020

article Climate Change Threatens the Ancient Wild Rice Traditions of the Ojibwe
(Indian Country) -- The Ojibwe people of modern-day Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have for 1,000 years adhered to a spiritual prophecy to live “where food...
article Climate Change Threatens the Ancient Wild Rice Traditions of the Ojibwe
(Minnesota) -- The Ojibwe people of modern-day Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have for 1,000 years adhered to a spiritual prophecy to live “where food grows on...
article Dehcho leaders say pandemic intensifies food insecurity, but inspires solutions
(North Canada) -- As countries across the globe grapple with stressed food supply chains due to COVID-19-related shut-downs, some communities in the Northwest...

5/30/2020

article Minneapolis nonprofit grows culturally specific food for American Indian communities
(Minnesota) -- On a barren cornfield in Hugo, crews are transforming the land with ambitious plans. After clearing invasive buckthorn trees, they will restore the sandy...

5/29/2020

article Gardens Have Pulled America Out of Some of Its Darkest Times. We Need Another Revival.
(USA) -- As the pandemic smolders and the economy plunges into an abyss, Americans have reverted to the venerable World War II–era tradition of organized disaster...

5/26/2020

article Indigenous chef ISO kitchen: Camren Stott wants to share healthy meals with those in need
(Michigan) -- Born and raised on Anishinaabewaki (Grand Rapids), Anishinaabe personal chef, Camren Stott, is a tribal member of The Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa...

5/24/2020

article As the coronavirus pandemic strains supplies, Native Americans fight food insecurity
(Utah) -- Long before a global pandemic swept across her cloistered corner of the Navajo Nation, Cynthia Wilson knew the pains many families took to secure and store...

5/22/2020

article Brian Yazzie Stands Up for Native American Recipes
(Minnesota) -- Chef Brian Yazzie is only 33, but he has already tangled with several titans of the culinary world. If getting blocked on Twitter counts, that is: Martha...

5/20/2020

article Gardening Advice from Indigenous Food Growers
(South Dakota) -- Many Americans are now experiencing an erratic food supply for the first time. Among COVID-19’s disruptions are bare supermarket shelves and...

5/18/2020

article Coronavirus Signals Return Of Indigenous Agriculture In Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- The coronavirus pandemic has a lot of us rethinking the ways we put food on the table. For the Oneida Indian Nation, that has meant a return to...
article ‘Food is medicine’: Native chefs making healthy meals for Twin Cities elders
(Minnesota) -- When Gatherings Cafe in Minneapolis closed to the public in March, its kitchen got busy. A team of chefs works there from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekday,...
article The perfect pandemic garden
(Indian Country) -- Home gardening is enjoying renewed growth. It may have started with fears of food shortages and limited access to grocery stores. But it’s also...

5/15/2020

article Minneapolis nonprofit triples farmland to meet growing need for healthy food in Native American community
(Minnesota) -- On a barren cornfield in Hugo, crews are transforming the land with ambitious plans. After clearing invasive buckthorn trees, they will restore the sandy...

5/10/2020

article Nonprofit Hugo farm run by American Indians triples in size
(Minnesota) -- Dream of Wild Health is dreaming bigger this year — tripling the size of its American Indian-run farm in Hugo. The coronavirus has devastated the...
article Indigenous communities return to land to ensure adequate food supply during COVID-19 pandemic
(Manitoba) -- First Nations leaders who have called on their communities to return to the land to find food during the COVID-19 pandemic are also seeing people reconnect...

5/9/2020

article Growing community: ?Esdilagh First Nation plants potatoes for members
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations community between Williams Lake and Quesnel has planted potatoes which will nourish on-reserve and off-reserve members. Members of...

5/4/2020

article How to Turn a Walk in the Woods Into an Ancient Indigenous Kitchen Staple
(North America) -- No trees feature more prominently in Native American folklore than evergreens. Pines are a symbol of reconciliation to the Oneida of New York state;...

5/3/2020

article Native nonprofit expands Minnesota farm, aims to scale up crop production amid pandemic
(Minnesota) -- With food insecurity drawing renewed attention amid the coronavirus pandemic, a Twin Cities-based Native American nonprofit is ramping up food production...

4/27/2020

article COVID-19 and food security at the heart of disagreement on Gull Bay First Nation
(Ontario) -- A short hold-up involving a shipment of food at a road block near Gull Bay First Nation this past weekend has revealed a disagreement between some band...
article BLOG: 'The Indians Were Doing it First'
(Indian Country) -- The last big fling before the general corona lockdown was the 2020 Maple Taste and Tour. It was well attended and the producers were very...

4/23/2020

article Yukon chefs helping hungry locals with meal donations to Whitehorse food bank
(North Canada) -- A group of chefs have banded together to create weekly meals to donate to the Whitehorse food bank to ensure that community members in need have access...

4/22/2020

article Coronavirus In Minnesota: Mpls. Chef Brian Yazzie Serving Indigenous Foods To Native Elders During Pandemic
(Minnesota) -- Community leaders says the COVID-19 pandemic is magnifying existing health disparities in the Native American population. One group is using food to...

4/21/2020

article What ancient Southwest farming cultures tell us about adapting to climate change
(New Mexico) -- Etched into the face of a red sandstone cliff in the arid highlands of northwestern New Mexico is an unlikely image: a delicately outlined fish. Dozens...
article Sitka Tribe, Forest Service offer online Tlingit potato workshop
(Alaska) -- Spring has arrived and it’s time to get those gardens started. Michelle Putz from the US Forest Service spoke with KCAW’s Erin Fulton about an...

4/20/2020

article Coronavirus Is Creating a Food Security Crisis in Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- “There’s no way this is going to end well,” said Catherine Bryan, explaining the dire circumstances Native tribes are facing as...

4/17/2020

article Sitka Tribe, Forest Service will plant Tlingit potato garden on Earth Day
(Alaska) -- The Sitka Ranger District and Sitka Tribe of Alaska will join forces for the fourth consecutive year to educate people about Tlingit potatoes and plant...

4/16/2020

article Need for seed: Gardeners flock to stores, overwhelm websites
(West Virginia) -- he sweet peppers were picked over, the tomatoes were taken and the flowers were fixing to be next. The empty spots on the store's display were...

4/15/2020

article Food security safeguards put in place in NT remote communities
(Australia) -- Food security has been flagged as a major concern by Central Land Council (CLC), despite measures being implemented across the Northern Territory to...
article How Native Americans are fighting a food crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic
(South Dakota) -- Getting to food has long been a challenge for the roughly 20,000 members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation —...

4/14/2020

article Amid food supply chain concerns, tribal governments request emergency hunts
(Alaska) -- As uncertainty about the COVID-19 virus continues to mount, tribal governments and remote communities across the state are concerned about disruptions in the...

4/13/2020

article How Native Americans Are Fighting a Food Crisis
(South Dakota) -- For the roughly 20,000 members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation — a vast, two million-acre expanse in...
article Lessons Passed Down From Great-Grandparents Help Zuni Farmer 'Cope' In Times of Uncertainty
(Colorado) -- While most Americans are riding out the pandemic at home in a city, Zuni tribal member Jim Enote is on his farm in Western New Mexico. The large mesas and...

4/10/2020

article Postcard From Eastern Oregon: When Planting Food is Illegal
(Oregon) -- On Friday, April 3rd, Finisia Medrano—also known as “Tranny Granny”—died in Nevada. She was a well-known, or rather, notorious...

4/6/2020

article Healthy Land, Healthy Food, Healthy People: A Cochiti Invitation to Join Us at the Table
(New Mexico) -- The tendency for philanthropy to act in silos severs the connections between land and food, food and people, and health and environmental balance. It is...
article Healthy Land, Healthy Food, Healthy People: A Cochiti Invitation to Join Us at the Table
(New Mexico) -- The tendency for philanthropy to act in silos severs the connections between land and food, food and people, and health and environmental balance. It is...

4/3/2020

article Application period open for Native American Agriculture Fund grants
(Indian Country) -- Lumberton’s resident Democratic state lawmaker reminds his constituents that applications are being accepted for the Native American...
article Meet the people feeding their Native elders in Minneapolis during COVID-19
(Minnesota) -- COVID-19 caused Minneapolis American Indian Center's Gatherings Cafe to close to the public about two weeks ago. "It's been difficult. It...

4/2/2020

article Florida's extinct Calusa tribe built sophisticated fish enclosures, study says
(Florida) -- Florida's Native American Calusa nation had much more advanced engineering systems than previously realized, and they allowed members to capture and...

3/31/2020

article This Chef Is Feeding The Elderly And At-Risk In Indian Country During The Pandemic
(Minnesota) -- The poorest, most at-risk communities are always the ones that suffer the most in a crisis like this one. In the United States, that often means...
article Herbal remedies, alternative medicines are keeping Detroit store busier than ever
(Michigan) -- The usual serenity inside the herb shop was interrupted once again by the ringing of the phone. “Natures Products!” said Gary Wanttaja, the...

3/27/2020

article The Chef Bringing Native American Flavors to Communities in Quarantine
(Minnesota) -- What’s in your kitchen pantry? If you answered quinoa, green beans, or potatoes, you have, perhaps unbeknownst to you, been eating Native American...

3/23/2020

article Support America’s Most At-Risk Communities By Ordering Indigenous Food For Delivery
(Colorado) -- With COVID-19 roaring across the world, the weak spots in our society and especially medical systems have been laid bare. Nowhere is this more evident than...
article If you can’t find bread in local stores, this cheap flatbread recipe only needs three basic ingredients
(USA) -- Though we can’t help you make everything, we do have some simple food recipes you can use to create your own isolation-friendly goods. Chef and baker...

3/18/2020

article The Future of Maize with Masienda
(California) -- Tamales, empanadas, tortillas, tejuino, quesadillas de huitlacoche, tlayudas, and countless other dishes enjoyed the world over all share a common...

3/16/2020

article BLOG: Six tips for hosting a food summit
(Indian Country) -- A food summit is an opportunity for people working in different parts of the food system to come together for a “state of our local food system...

3/13/2020

article How Native-Owned Restaurants Prioritize Native-Grown Ingredients
(Denver) -- It’s easy to understand why fast-casual restaurants are popular with diners. They’re quick and often affordably priced, plus you get to build a...

3/11/2020

article 'Sovereign Soil' feeds body and soul
(Canada) -- It's been more than two decades since David Curtis settled just outside Dawson City, Yukon. As a commercial salmon fisher, carpenter, teacher and artist...

3/10/2020

article Restoring Food Sovereignty on the Spirit Lake Reservation
(North Dakota) -- Mary DuBois walks slowly through one of two aisles of what looks a lot like a grocery store. As she chooses her family’s monthly groceries, she passes...

3/2/2020

article Food insecurity relief remains tough battle on Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- While Rapid City is tackling food insecurity, it's an even tougher battle on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Between the widespread, rough terrain and...

2/28/2020

article For rural Native communities, affordable groceries can be hours away
(Washington) -- On grocery days, Dawn Gomez’s checklist goes like this: Check the fridge. Leave her dogs with her dad. Swing by her husband’s workplace to...

2/20/2020

article Cabin seized by Sask. gov't 'integral' to trapper's way of life, First Nations leaders say, urging its return
(Saskatchewan) -- First Nations leaders are calling on the Saskatchewan government to return the cabin of a northern trapper in the province so he can continue living a...
article USDA reports Arizona has the largest concentration of Indian farms
(Arizona) -- Statistics show Arizona now has the largest concentration of Indian farms anywhere in the U.S. Specifically, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics...

2/19/2020

article First Lakota Food Summit Held In Rapid City
(South Dakota) -- The first Lakota Food Summit is taking place in Rapid City this week. Speakers are focusing on food sovereignty, tradition, culture and community...

2/18/2020

article Lakota Food Summit offers traditional Native American cuisine
(South Dakota) -- The first ever Lakota Food Summit kicked off Tuesday afternoon at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, and continues through Thursday. The event focuses on...

2/17/2020

article Award-winning chef highlights Lakota Food Summit
(South Dakota) -- Award-winning chef, cookbook author and entrepreneur Sean Sherman’s passion is to help Native Americans rediscover the flavors and healthfulness...
article Ancient plant foods discovered in Arnhem Land
(Australia) -- Australia's first plant foods—eaten by early populations 65,000 years ago—have been discovered in Arnhem Land. Preserved as pieces of...

2/13/2020

article Why Isn’t Blood a Bigger Ingredient in ‘American’ Food?
(USA) -- Eating blood just makes sense: Mostly made up of protein, it’s packed with iron, vitamin D, and other nutrients, and comprises as much as 11 percent of an...
article Professors Bring Native Food Expertise to the Table
(North Carolina) -- On Monday, February 3rd, a group of Davidson students, faculty, and community members gathered at the Hurt Hub to attend “Policies and Plates....

2/12/2020

article Professors Bring Native Food Expertise to the Table
(North Carolina) -- On Monday, February 3rd, a group of Davidson students, faculty, and community members gathered at the Hurt Hub to attend “Policies and Plates....

2/10/2020

article 'This Is History in the Making': Cherokee Nation Is First U.S.-Based Tribe to Preserve Seeds in 'Doomsday Vault'
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will save seeds from the "three-sisters" crops in the Arctic "doomsday vault," making it the first Native American...

2/7/2020

article Council approves food trucks on tribal lands officially
(North Carolina) -- Food trucks have operated on a limited basis in Cherokee for awhile now, but an ordinance change to the Cherokee Code paves the way for more and...
article CSKT Tribal Health shows how to turn commods into healthy dishes
(Montana) -- How do you cook a healthy meal at home with the items you receive from commodities? Kati Burton, CSKT Tribal Health Dietitian and Ginger Pitts SNAP-Ed...
article Lakota Food Summit to debut
(South Dakota) -- An impressive lineup of presenters is slated for the first annual Lakota Food Summit taking place February 18th-20th at Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza. The...

2/6/2020

article Cherokee Nation first tribe in U.S. to send heirloom seeds to global seed vault in Norway
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the United States to receive an invitation to deposit its traditional heirloom seeds to the Svalbard Global Seed...

1/28/2020

article Pop-Up Dinners That Share a Culture, Course by Course
(New Jersey) -- At pop-up restaurants, where chefs temporarily set up shop in a dining room, a barn or even a dorm room, dinner is an improvisation, more jazz than...

1/26/2020

article Seed preservation is vital for a sustainable food system
(Oklahoma) -- "Our seeds are more than just food for us. Yes, they are nutrition. But they’re also… spirituality," says Electa Hare-RedCorn, a...
article Making akutuk, or 'Eskimo ice cream,' takes time and strength
(North Canada) -- This is a very traditional Inuit recipe. It's called akutuk and if you want some, you have to be prepared to work for it. It's as traditional...

1/24/2020

article Apache Chef Nephi Craig Uses Food As Medicine For His People
(Arizona) -- A decade ago, it looked like Chef Nephi Craig was on the verge of something big. He had left a burgeoning international career in the restaurant industry to...
article We Must Listen to Indigenous Communities: Food Tank in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Food Tank’s Summit “The Wisdom of Indigenous Foodways” in partnership with the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State...
article We Must Listen to Indigenous Communities: Food Tank in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Food Tank’s Summit “The Wisdom of Indigenous Foodways” in partnership with the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State...
article Caribou’s Micmac Farms cultivates entrepreneurs, expands marketing
(Maine) -- Micmac Farms, a growing agricultural business in Caribou, is busy this winter with a variety of initiatives to cultivate entrepreneurship and expand market...

1/22/2020

article Native American Agriculture Fund Is Helping Empower Farmers
(Indian Country) -- A new agriculture fund is providing grants not only to support the success of Native American food producers like farmers, ranchers, and fishers, but...

1/20/2020

article Indigikitchen Is Bringing Native Food Sovereignty Online
(USA) -- The online cooking show Indigikitchen is providing a platform to help disseminate Indigenous food recipes—while helping eaters recognize their impact on...
article The Wisdom of Indigenous Foodways
(Arizona) -- On “Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg,” Kathleen Merrigan, inaugural Executive Director of the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at...
article Native American access to traditional plants discussed Feb. 4
(Maine) -- University of Maine researcher Suzanne Greenlaw will lead a presentation on the opportunities for Native Americans to gather sweetgrass and other traditional...
article How this food-growing technology empowers Indigenous communities
(Australia) -- Stepping inside one of Food Ladder's cool, leafy growing systems is a stark contrast to the dry, inhospitable conditions outside. In the Northern...

1/15/2020

article Indigenous Food Is Not a ‘Trend’: What You Need to Know
(California) -- When you think about uniquely American food or cuisine, you might think of hamburgers, hot dogs, or apple pie. For others, American cuisine is known for...

1/14/2020

article Pueblo Harvest Cafe
(Arizona) -- In 1976, the 19 tribes that make up New Mexico’s Pueblo population gathered to open Albuquerque’s Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on a patch of...

1/11/2020

article High stakes for small ears: Seed stewards preserve native varieties of corn, other plants
(Vermont) -- Dried ears of Koasek corn are only about 4 inches long, much shorter and slimmer than the commercial varieties sold at the grocery store. But Koasek corn,...

1/10/2020

article Off the Rez, Seattle's first Native food truck, opens café in revamped Burke Museum
(Washington) -- You can now access Seattle’s favorite Native American cuisine food truck, Off the Rez, without having to check where they’re rolling to next...
article On the trail of tiny tubers This Four Corners potato was a staple of Native American diets
(Colorado) -- For years, we’ve learned that ancestral Puebloans depended upon corn, beans and squash, nicknamed The Three Sisters, for sustenance. Well, move over...

1/8/2020

article Earth Notes: The Ute Tribe's Non-GMO Corn
(Colorado) -- Utes have occupied land in the southwest corner of Colorado for centuries. Now their food heritage is sowing seeds of prosperity for members of the Ute...

1/7/2020

article For a Sustainable Food System, Look to Seeds
(Nebraska) -- “Our seeds are more than just food for us. Yes, they are nutrition. But they’re also… spirituality,” says Electa Hare-RedCorn, a...
article The Fauchère’s indigenous dinner: How do you say 'fabulous' in Ojibwe? 'Maamakaadendagwad'
(Wisconsin) -- “Maamakaadendagwad!” That’s what you would say if you were at the incredible indigenous foods dinner held in the Delmonico Room at the...

1/6/2020

article Native Voices Convene for Food Tank Summit on Indigenous Foods
(Arizona) -- Food Tank and Arizona State University’s (ASU) “The Wisdom of Indigenous Foodways” Summit on January 22, 2020, is convening native voices...

1/1/2020

article Lost crops may have fed more than maize
(Missouri) -- Make some room in the garden, you storied three sisters: the winter squash, climbing beans and the vegetable we know as corn. Grown together, newly...

12/31/2019

article Grant furthers AICHO's indigenous foods emphasis
(Minnesota) -- A local Native American organization that’s already preparing the ground for an indigenous foods market has announced it now will also hire a full-...
article You da Mohn: Chef evolves with café at Tamaya
(New Mexico) -- Santa Ana Café underwent a $3.24 million renovation to capture New Mexico’s essence through its food, decor and head chef Patrick Mohn. Mohn said...

12/30/2019

article These 'lost crops' could have rivaled corn
(Worldwide) -- The “lost crops” of goosefoot and knotweed could have produced enough seed to feed as many indigenous people as maize did for thousands of...

12/26/2019

article Veggies for Kids: Educating kids about nutrition
(Nevada) -- A local program is teaching kids about the importance of nutrition. From growing food to playing sports, these are just a few concepts used by UNR...

12/24/2019

article Fast Food Nations and Global Nutrition
(Worldwide) -- Daniel Maingi works with small farmers in Kenya and belongs to the organisation Growth Partners for Africa. He remembers a time when his family would grow...

12/23/2019

article Sudbury pastry chef unites her Finnish and Indigenous families with food
(Sudbury) -- Tammy Maki loves the feeling of kneading pulla, a slightly sweet, festive Finnish bread. The dough is alive in her hands as she rolls, twists and forms...

12/9/2019

article 'We farm knowledge': Education is at the heart of the Oneida Nation's food cultivation
(Wisconsin) -- Family members across generations come through the Oneida Nation Apple Orchard in October ready to pick red MacIntosh apples hanging in abundance....
article 'We farm knowledge': Education is at the heart of the Oneida Nation's food cultivation
(Wisconsin) -- Family members across generations come through the Oneida Nation Apple Orchard in October ready to pick red MacIntosh apples hanging in abundance....

12/3/2019

article Chinook Indian Nation preserves food, tradition
(Washington) -- Rachel Lynne Cushman, treasurer for the Chinook Indian Nation, was surprised and excited when $1,000 was raised in 29 hours for the tribes’...

11/29/2019

article Red Cliff Tribe Awarded $1M To Expand Community Food System
(Wisconsin) -- The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has been awarded a roughly $1 million grant over the next three years as part of plans to expand food...

11/26/2019

article Six tribes in Michigan show success expanding Tribal Food Access
(Michigan) -- “The tribal food programs have assisted my family in making a healthier lifestyle switch that will last a lifetime. We will continue to use the tools...

11/24/2019

article Vegan Kitchen: Tribes growing heirloom seeds for heritage, health reasons
(Maine) -- Maine’s Passamaquoddy people are once again growing and eating ancestral crops and saving the often rare seeds. These simple yet significant acts are...

11/21/2019

article OP/ED: Largest tribal organization in the nation calls on federal government to protect wild salmon and Indigenous people
(Indian Country) -- Last month, the largest organization of Tribes in America condemned the federal government’s permitting process for the Pebble Mine,...

11/20/2019

press release First Nations to Award Grants for Work Contributing to Native Food Sovereignty
(Colorado) -- First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting grant proposals through the GATHER Food Sovereignty Grant. First Nations will award up...

11/18/2019

article A market for healthy eating in Winnipeg's North End: Bear Clan program helps provide access to fresh food
(Manitoba) -- Nearly every day of the week, volunteers and staff of Bear Clan Patrol guide hundreds of people through a warehouse where they can access fresh food...
article Destination Brunch: Dixon Mercantile
(Montana) -- It’s not fair to call Dixon, Montana a one-stoplight town. It has no stoplights; in fact, its entire surrounding county can’t claim one. Dixon...

11/15/2019

article Native American cusine helped create southern style dishes
(Indian Country) -- Native American ingredients and traditions helped create the unique culinary culture of the South. Home-style food, country cooking, soul food,...
article Broccoli and caribou: Tungasuvvingat Inuit wants your best traditional recipes
(North Canada) -- If you know a good traditional Inuit recipe, Tungasuvvingat Inuit wants a seat at the table. The national Inuit resource centre, based in Ottawa, is...

11/14/2019

article COLUMN: Northland eating better, reinventing farming
(Minnesota) -- On behalf of Lake Superior College’s new Eco-Entrepreneurship Program, I invite you to a Minnesota Department of Agriculture listening session on...

11/13/2019

article Kelp Gardens, Piñon Forests
(Indian Country) -- Lyla June is a musician, public speaker and internationally recognized performance poet of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and Northern...

11/11/2019

article Tlingit potatoes continue to thrive thanks to Sitka Tribe, Forest Service
(Alaska) -- For the third year in a row, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska partnered with the Forest Service to grow Tlingit potatoes. Alaska Natives have cultivated these...

11/7/2019

article The Native Musician and Poet Revitalizing Indigenous Food Sovereignty
(South Dakota) -- Lyla June is a musician, public speaker, and internationally recognized performance poet of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne), and Northern...
article Chef Bitsoie: ‘food is, after all, medicine’
(Washington D.C.) -- Fairfax County Times asked Executive Chef Freddie Bitsoie of the Smithsonian National Museum’s Mitsitam Café, "How do you use traditional...

11/6/2019

article SHERMAN: How a Feast for 1,000 Inspired an ‘Essential’ Dish From the Pacific Northwest
(New York) -- Tasked with developing 10 essential Native American recipes for The Times, I drew from my experience studying and teaching how Indigenous people cooked and...
article The Essentials of Native American Cuisine
(New York) -- Good morning. We published a fine article in the newspaper printed last night at plants across the United States and delivered this morning to wherever it...

11/5/2019

article OP/ED: PRRD still without a seat at the caribou table
(Alaska) -- After months of advocating for a seat at the table, the Peace River Regional District learned they were being left out in the cold as the NDP government...

10/31/2019

article LISTEN: Food Brings Families Together In 'Fry Bread'
(Oklahoma) -- Native Americans made fry bread by turning government rations turned into a delicious, warm food that brings people together. Fry bread is the subject of a...
article Off the Rez Cafe brings Native American food to UW
(Washington) -- As much as people in the Pacific Northwest talk about appreciating the rich Indigenous history of our region, the limited Native American restaurant...

10/30/2019

article Food for though: Public lecture highlights the science behind Native American cooking
(Massachusetts) -- Many Native American recipes, passed down by word of mouth for generations, are steeped in history. But these storied dishes also showcase science, as...

10/25/2019

article Tribal summit highlights agriculture, food sovereignty
(Nevada) -- Members of Native American tribal communities from the Western United States convened Oct. 23 and 24 to discuss water usage, climate change, agriculture and...
article NAC: Dream of Wild Health
(Minnesota) -- Dream of Wild Health wants to improve the health and well-being of Native people. The Minnesota non-profit operates a 10-acre farm where it teaches young...

10/21/2019

article Why a Cree woman from Saskatchewan and her Scottish husband care for cattle on P.E.I.
(North Canada) -- When Laurianne MacMillan was 16 years old hitch hiking from Saskatchewan to Vancouver in the early '70s, she would never have guessed she would one...

10/18/2019

article This Bill Would Preserve Native American Seeds
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill recently introduced into Congress would help protect Native American seeds and their history. The bill, called the Native American Seeds...

10/16/2019

article An intertribal teaching farm and cultural center grows in Graton
(California) -- The Cultural Conservancy, a Native-led non-profit based in San Francisco, is in the early stages of developing an intertribal biocultural center in...

10/13/2019

article A New Bill Could Help Protect the Sacred Seeds of Indigenous People
(New Mexico) -- Clayton Brascoupé has farmed in the red-brown foothills of New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains for more than 45 years. A Mohawk-Anishnaabe...
article Dream of wild health
(Minnesota) -- Dream of Wild Health works to restore health and well-being in the Native community by recovering knowledge of and access to healthy Indigenous foods,...
article Food truck serves up Native American cuisine
(Michigan) -- The multicolored ears of corn often seen hanging on doors in the fall have a tastier use. Eva Menefee and her husband, Robin, use the colorful corn to make...

10/11/2019

article The 'Sioux Chef' Highlights Indigenous Foods
(Florida) -- Sean Sherman is a Minnesota-based chef on a mission to revitalize Native American cooking and culture. His cookbook, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous...

10/10/2019

article Chefs turn back time for Indigenous dinner
(Manitoba) -- The Exchange District is home to a unique pop-up dinner concept this month with Ishkode, a dining experience celebrating Indigenous cuisine. Five seatings...

10/9/2019

article A New Bill Could Help Protect the Sacred Seeds of Indigenous People
(Washington D.C.) -- Clayton Brascoupé has farmed in the red-brown foothills of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains for more than 45 years. A Mohawk-Anishnaabe...
article A Native-inspired café opens at Burke Museum. There will be frybread
(Washington) -- You can’t miss the Off the Rez food truck with its bright blue and purple mural. Inside, Cecilia Rikard is cooking up Swiss chard and collard...
article New Museum Café Spotlights Native American Cooking in Washington State
(Washington) -- When Cecilia Rikard and Mark McConnell first started serving frybread tacos from their turquoise truck in 2011, they were trying to fill a hole in...
article Utah Indigenous Peoples Day dinner will showcase ancient superfood
(Utah) -- Guests at Utah’s Third Annual Indigenous Dinner won’t be served a typical steak and potatoes dinner. The menu for the Oct. 14 event includes bison...

10/7/2019

article “Green Corn & Sacred Fire - Indigenous Ceremonies Of Resistance”
(New Mexico) -- On Espejos de Aztlán, we´ll speak about the EcoLiteracy Project at the University of New Mexico with Dr. Michelle Hall Kells and with Dr. Rachel C...

10/6/2019

article Preserving Native Food Traditions
(Minnesota) -- Sean Sherman was 13 years old when he started working in restaurants. He started as a busboy, but by 27, he was an executive chef in a restaurant in...

10/3/2019

article BURTON: Multigenerational connection supports food sovereignty
(Montana) -- In academic and professional circles, food sovereignty is often referred to as a “framework of decolonization and self-determination, revitalizing...

10/1/2019

article Tribal members aim to cultivate healthy future with gardens
(Connecticut) -- In his mind's eye, Daniel Menihan Jr. sees a time when backyard vegetable gardens dot the Mashantucket Pequot reservation, their yields nourishing...

9/30/2019

article To David Chang, the ‘ethnic’ food aisle is racist. Others say it’s convenient.
(USA) -- To millions of shoppers, the supermarket is just a place to stock up on produce and pantry staples to keep the family fed. But to others, especially children of...

9/27/2019

article Family's Indian corn keeps an ear toward history
(North Dakota) -- Mary Graner bent down a barbed-wire fence and waded into 10-foot stalks in her family's cornfield. The Huff-area farmer and rancher reached up to...

9/26/2019

article National Food Sovereignty Summit hosted by Oneida Nation
(Wisconsin) -- The Indian Health Service reports the death rate of Native Americans with diabetes is almost double the general U.S. population. That's partly due to...

9/25/2019

article Tradition, environmental health central to Swinomish tribe's first foods project
(Washington) -- From watching for camas flowers to bloom in the spring to seeing salmon return in the fall, indigenous groups including the Swinomish Indian Tribal...
article Indigiearth brings gourmet bush tucker to the table
(Australia) -- For many Australians food is the centre of celebration, bringing together family, friends and loved ones. Ngemba Weilwan woman, Sharon Winsor is bringing...
article BLOG: Indigenous Medicine– From Illegal to Integral
(Worldwide) -- In the 2020 Summer Olympics, we will undoubtedly see large, red circles down the arms and backs of many Olympians. These spots are a side-effect of...
article DOOLEY: Seeds of Change: How Cora Baker and Dream of Wild Health shaped the future of Native foods by preserving the past
(Minnesota) -- At the farmers market on the corner of Franklin and 15th in Minneapolis, you’ll find more than the season’s bounty of farm-fresh produce. Here, youth in...

9/24/2019

article Phase 2 of innovative food forest in Muskeg Lake Cree Nation starts with community wide event
(Saskatchewan) -- Over the weekend, from Saturday, September 21st to Sunday, September 22nd, 2019, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation continued with the second phase of its...

9/23/2019

article First Nations talk healthy food at Food Sovereignty Summit
(Wisconsin) -- Farmers, ranchers, businesses, and tribal leaders talk food at the Food Sovereignty Summit. First Nations Development Institute a non-profit led by Native...

9/21/2019

article Native American foods takes center stage at Duluth's first Indigenous Foods Expo
(Minnesota) -- Duluth is hosting its first Indigenous Foods Expo on Saturday. The event will feature live music, food and cooking demonstrations for all ages. It's...

9/20/2019

article Native American foods takes center stage at Duluth's first Indigenous Foods Expo
(Minnesota) -- Duluth is hosting its first Indigenous Foods Expo on Saturday. The event will feature live music, food and cooking demonstrations for all ages. It's...

9/12/2019

article The power of 'ch'ishie': Farmer Tyrone Thompson wants the rez to feed itself
(Arizona) -- Goopy clay oozes between Tyrone Thompson’s toes, making sort of a rhythmic squishy sound with each step. His wife, Felicia, adds more water to the mix...

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