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Metro Phoenix's Essential Indigenous Kitchens: A List

When people ponder Arizona cuisine and where to eat in greater Phoenix, Native American foods ought to be top of mind. At Indigenous-run stands, restaurants, trailers, trucks, and pop-ups, you can find outstanding food and drink, prepared with skill, soul, and kindness. This guide outlines a few of our favorites.

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10/27/2020

article Thíŋpsiŋla: The Edible Bounty Beneath the Great Plains
(Minnesota) -- Looking out over the vast expanse of untilled natural grasslands that make up the Northern Great Plains, it’s clear that wild game is plentiful but...

10/26/2020

article Native American cuisine comes to Central Ohio
(Ohio) -- The Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio provides a number of programs and resources for Native Americans who have relocated to Columbus. Now, after...

10/21/2020

article Indigenous Food Sovereignty / Local food management practices of the Tolowa Dee-ni, Yurok and other indigenous peoples.
(California) -- When colonizers landed on the North American continent, they were greeted with a land of plenty where deer roamed huge open pastures and wild fruits and...

10/19/2020

article Tocabe Highlights Native American Traditions With "Back to the Source"
(Colorado) -- A plate of food doesn’t exist in isolation. There’s always more to the story, because food comes from somewhere, was grown by someone and was...

10/18/2020

article A tale of two tacos
(New Mexico) -- In his 2020 book “American Taco,” José R. Ralat uses the Abuelita Principle to explain the quest for “authenticity” when it comes...
article Food for Free: This Arizona Man Forages 78% of What He Eats
(Arizona) -- Mark Lewis believes food should be hard work. The retired economic botany professor and Arizona resident first learned how to forage food when he was a boy...

10/17/2020

article Metro Phoenix's Essential Indigenous Kitchens: A List
(Arizona) -- When people ponder Arizona cuisine and where to eat in greater Phoenix, Native American foods ought to be top of mind. At Indigenous-run stands, restaurants...
article EVENT: Conversation with the Director of Gather: The Fight to Revitalize Our Native Foodways
(California) -- Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement among Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political, and cultural identities through food...

10/15/2020

article Cherokee Nation Businesses helps preserve traditional plants
(Oklahoma) -- The cultural art department at Cherokee Nation Businesses is tasked with helping ensure that Cherokee art, culture, language and customs are preserved,...

10/13/2020

article Abenaki Land Link Project Plants Seeds of Food Sovereignty
(Vermont) -- On an early October day at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps' Farm in Richmond, an empty greenhouse was quickly filling with the year's harvest...

10/12/2020

article Here are 6 Indigenous-owned restaurants and food stands to try in metro Phoenix
(Arizona) -- This year Gov. Doug Ducey signed a proclamation recognizing Oct. 12 as Indigenous Peoples Day, a move state Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai has been pushing for...
article Harvest season time to forage for wild food and gather seeds for saving
(Indian Country) -- As leaves change and the days grow shorter, fall is a time for the last harvest of the year before the long winter months begin. "This is the...

10/11/2020

article 12 Native-Owned Food Businesses to Support on Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(North America) -- Today, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we celebrate and honor the original Americans. To be Indigenous means to be inextricably intertwined with one...
article Local Chef On Indigenous Food Sovereignty Movement And A Moose Hunt In Maine
(Maine) -- Beginning in 2021, Abenaki people can apply for free and permanent hunting and fishing licenses in Vermont. Moose hunting, however, is still managed through...
article Garden project yields Thanksgiving bounty for Matawa First Nations members
(Ontario) -- A garden project launched by Matawa First Nations Management this summer is yielding a fall harvest that will be enjoyed by dozens of families in Thunder...

10/9/2020

article UW, CWC Collaborate to Recruit Native Students in Food Systems Program
(Wyoming) -- A more than half-million-dollar grant awarded for a collaborative project between the University of Wyoming and Central Wyoming College (CWC) will focus on...
article City of Boston celebrates Native American cuisine, culture with Sioux chef Sean Sherman
(Massachusetts) -- The Age Strong Commission, in partnership with the Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway and Old Ways, yesterday hosted a virtual culinary event with...

10/7/2020

article Celebrating crops native to Americas
(Indian Country) -- In 1992 during the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in America, Linda Calvin, of Clarkston, an agricultural economist with...

10/6/2020

article Gatherings Cafe gets new executive chef and a makeover
(Minnesota) -- True to his adaptive nature and agility in the kitchen, chef Brian Yazzie has turned the lemons of the coronavirus pandemic into lemonade. Indigenous...

10/5/2020

article We Are What We Eat: Chef Sean Sherman On Preserving, Popularizing Native Cuisine
(Minnesota) -- Three years ago, chef Sean Sherman, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe, published a Lakota cookbook about pre-colonization foods. He started his quest...

10/3/2020

article Garden project in Six Nations connects youth with land and each other
(Ontario) -- A family garden in Six Nations, Ont., is bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth together to learn about Indigenous food systems and gardening...
article Gatherings Cafe puts Indigenous foods at the forefront
(Minnesota) -- On a Wednesday morning, Chef Brian Yazzie and staff are busy getting about 200 meals ready to go out the door by noon. Today's meal is a bison chili...
article BLOG: The Importance of Native Food Systems During COVID and Beyond
(USA) -- In times of environmental transition and unrest, a return to and revitalization of Native food systems is both necessary and beautiful. In the words of an elder...
article Native American historic site displays history with harvest
(North Dakota) -- Darian Kath is helping Knife River Indian Villages get back to its roots. The national historic site’s acting interpretive and cultural resource...
article Sowing the Seeds of Sovereignty
(Michigan) -- The Little Traverse Bay Band (LTBB) of Odawa Indians is using its green thumb to press a tribal hot-button issue: food sovereignty. The tribe’s...

10/1/2020

article 3 Local Endeavors That Nourish Us All, Plus What You Can Do To Help
(Colorado) -- 200: Pounds of wild rice Tocabe, An American Indian Eatery purchases every month from Minnesota’s Red Lake Nations Foods. It’s just one of five...

9/30/2020

article PEMBER: ‘Manoomin Will Carry You Through’ – Ojibwe Tribe’s Medicine Crop
(Wisconsin) -- Every fall, Ojibwe go down to the river and lake sloughs surrounding the Great Lakes region to manoominike, or make wild rice, in two-person teams in...
press release Wild rice growers worry about climate change hurting crops
(Wisconsin) -- Wild rice harvest season runs through mid-September in northern Wisconsin, and while many tribal and non-tribal people are enjoying their annual...
article Potawatomi Tribe Addresses Health Concerns With Farm-to-Table Lifestyle
(Wisconsin) -- The Bodwéwadmi Ktëgan, which translates to Potawatomi Farm, in Forest County is promoting a farm-to-table lifestyle. The farm offers a variety of...

9/28/2020

article ‘Manoomin will carry you through’
(Minnesota) -- Every fall, Ojibwe go down to the river and lake sloughs surrounding the Great Lakes region to manoominike, or make wild rice, in two-person teams in...

9/27/2020

article Indigenous Food Circle in Ontario using food production as tool for reconciliation
(Ontario) -- A group in Thunder Bay called the Indigenous Food Circle is linking traditional harvesting and food preparation to help people get back to their roots....

9/25/2020

article The Ancient Art of Harvesting Fruit in the Desert
(Arizona) -- Noland Johnson aims his kuipad, reaching the 20-foot pole made of sun-bleached saguaro cactus ribs that bends under its own weight. His target is also a...

9/24/2020

article KROLL: Indigenous street vendors bring comfort food and a taste of home to Phoenix
(Arizona) -- Roxanne Wilson mixes flour, water and baking powder in a bowl on a work surface inside ametal food truck on a weekday morning in mid-August. The temperature...
article Fry bread is not a Native cultural food
(Arizona) -- Fry bread is a comforting food in the modern Native American diet, but many do not consider it to be a cultural food.
article Native American farm's growth helps to feed community
(Minnesota) -- While some businesses have put growth plans on hold during the pandemic, a Native American farm took the opposite tack. Dream of Wild Health decided to...
article Indigenous street vendors bring comfort food and a taste of the ‘rez’ to Phoenix
(Arizona) -- Roxanne Wilson mixes flour, water and baking powder in a bowl on a work surface inside ametal food truck on a weekday morning in mid-August. The temperature...

9/23/2020

article NAC: Nut harvest time
(Indian Country) -- Gathering, processing and cooking indigenous nuts like acorns and pine nuts is in full swing in late summer and early autumn. These small gifts of...

9/21/2020

article Wild rice growers worry about climate change hurting crops
(Wisconsin) -- Wild rice harvest season runs through mid-September in northern Wisconsin, and while many tribal and non-tribal people are enjoying their annual...
article Devita Davison on What a Better Food World Should Look Like
(Michigan) -- COVID-19 pandemic and the continuously volatile political environment have centered Americans’ focus on vast fissures in systems of government,...

9/20/2020

article Wild rice growers worry about climate change hurting crops
(Wisconsin) -- Wild rice harvest season runs through mid-September in northern Wisconsin, and while many tribal and non-tribal people are enjoying their annual...
article In the land of plenty – Native American Northwest Coast cuisine
(California) -- People in German-speaking countries, such as Austria, Switzerland and, of course, Germany, are fascinated with the lore of America’s Northwest...

9/19/2020

article Yurok Agricultural Corporation expands food sovereignty
(California) -- The Yurok Agricultural Corporation has purchased 26-acres of land that will be used to develop a culturally relevant food sovereignty program on the...

9/18/2020

article How Indigenous seed savers safeguard agricultural and spiritual tradition
(Indian Country) -- Taylor Keen, the founder of Sacred Seed, which preserves and plants Cherokee and Omaha Nation crops, remembers exactly how corn came back into his...
article Students advocate for award-winning food sovereignty lab.
(California) -- After facing rejection multiple times from administration, the request to use the former Hilltop Marketplace as the location for an entirely student-lead...

9/17/2020

article This rare, vibrant heirloom corn is the work of a Dust Bowl farmer with Cherokee roots
(Oklahoma) -- TIL: Glass Gem is a beautiful and rare variety of heirloom corn (aka calico, flint, or "Indian" corn) that looks like candy, or maybe beads (...

9/15/2020

article Wisconsin wild rice is unique in the world, but some worry about effects of climate change
(Wisconsin) -- Wild rice harvest season runs through mid-September in northern Wisconsin, and while many tribal and non-tribal people are enjoying their annual...
article Wisconsin wild rice is unique in the world, but some worry about effects of climate change
(Wisconsin) -- Wild rice harvest season runs through mid-September in northern Wisconsin, and while many tribal and non-tribal people are enjoying their annual...

9/13/2020

article Native Life and Food: Food Is More Than Just What We Eat
(Washington D.C.) -- NK360° Helpful Handouts: Guidance on Common Questions provide a brief introduction to teachers about important topics regarding Native American...

9/11/2020

article ‘Gather’: Despite America’s history of violence, Indigenous food sovereignty carries on
(Arizona) -- The new documentary Gather wants you to know that despite America’s history of colonized violence against them, Indigenous people are taking back...

9/10/2020

article With Food Insecurity On The Rise In Unalaska, Qawalangin Tribe Prepares To Start Food Bank
(Alaska) -- More than six million Americans enrolled in food stamps in the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic, as people across the country lost their jobs...
article The People’s Agroecology Process Brings a Global Lens to U.S. Food Justice Work
(USA) -- Maryland farmer Blain Snipstal wanted to help expand awareness about agroecology to the U.S., after working with advocacy groups to bring more awareness to...
article Yurok Agricultural Corporation enters Food Sovereignty arena with new purchase
(California) -- The Yurok Agricultural Corporation recently purchased 26-acres of land that will be used to develop a culturally relevant food sovereignty program on the...

9/9/2020

article REVIEW: ‘Gather’ Review: The Struggle to Remain Sovereign
(New York) -- Many are familiar with the tangible losses associated with colonization — land, homes and people. But there are also the intangible losses —...

9/8/2020

article Centuries After Their Loss and Theft, Native American Seeds Are Reuniting With Their Tribes
(Indian Country) -- The squash had traveled a thousand miles to rest quietly on Henrietta Gomez’s arms. The elder farmer from Taos Pueblo, a 1,000-year-old...
article Native rights group backs Kake in lawsuit over emergency subsistence hunt
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native rights group is backing the federal subsistence board’s decision to allow a village in Southeast Alaska to hunt out of season during...

9/7/2020

article Hidden harvest: UW-Madison study finds recreational fishing catch rivals supermarket sales in Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- A new study from UW-Madison confirms what more than a million anglers already know: Wisconsin’s lakes are a major source of food.

9/4/2020

article Seeds of change; Lake County forest preserve begins experimental restoration
(Illinois) -- With crickets singing in the background on a warm September morning, Pati Vitt walked through a bumpy agricultural field teeming with weeds, old soybean...
article New documentary ‘Truly Texas Mexican’ traces the indigenous food heritage of the borderlands
(Texas) -- In his upcoming documentary Truly Texas Mexican, Adán Medrano traces the food heritage of the Texas-Mexico borderlands, a legacy that lives on today in the...

9/3/2020

article Bringing Back History: The Attempt To Restore Wild Rice On Spur Lake
(Wisconsin) -- Pete McGeshick II looked out upon Spur Lake and thought about what used to be. “The lake was full,” he said. “The rice bed was full all...
article Bringing Back History: The Attempt To Restore Wild Rice On Spur Lake
(Wisconsin) -- Pete McGeshick II looked out upon Spur Lake and thought about what used to “The lake was full,” he said. “The rice bed was full all the...
article Forest County Potawatomi Growing Produce, Raising Animals as Part of Goal to be More Self-Sustaining
(Wisconsin) -- The Forest County Potawatomi wants to have a fully self-sustaining farm to provide produce and meat to its tribal members and the general public. It...

9/2/2020

article Houlton Band of Maliseets receive USDA grant for commercial kitchen
(Maine) -- The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Houlton Band of Maliseets to build a commercial kitchen at the tribe’s...
article Native Americans Overcoming Food Security By Returning To Their Traditional Ways
(Indian Country) -- The Navajo Nation has suffered immensely during COVID-19, with more than 8,000 cases and over 450 deaths. The pandemic has also made it tough to get...

9/1/2020

article Sean Sherman Is Decolonizing American Food
(Minnesota) -- A chef and educator, Sean Sherman is one of North America’s loudest voices speaking to the challenges and opportunities within Indigenous food...

8/31/2020

article For the Yurok in Northern California, restoring native food is key to survival, new film argues
(California) -- Standing at the mouth of the Klamath River in Northern California, Sammy Gensaw III shows other young members of the Yurok Tribe how to use their...
press release Farming chickens a returning trend in northern Quebec
(North Canada) -- Backyard chicken raising for fresh eggs is returning to the community of Mistissini in northern Quebec. "It was done before so I wanted to give it...
article Film shows Native Americans’ commitment to reclaiming food traditions
(California) -- Standing at the mouth of the Klamath River in Northern California, Sammy Gensaw III shows other young members of the Yurok Tribe how to use their...

8/28/2020

article Here’s How You Can Help The American Indian Center’s Food Distribution Program
(Illinois) -- The American Indian Center is offering emergency food boxes to its tribal members and Albany Park neighbors who are suffering from food insecurity.

8/23/2020

article Chef inspires Indigenous interns with culinary training rooted in tradition
(Ontario) -- Five interns have just completed a one-of-a-kind apprenticeship with an Indigenous chef who has developed a creative and progressive approach to traditional...

8/19/2020

article Sioux Chef Indigenous Food Lab announces its new home
(Minnesota) -- Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson, also known as Sioux Chef, have announced a home for their Indigenous Food Lab, an education and training center that will...
article Crystal Wahpepah is clearing a path for Indigenous chefs
(California) -- Just before the pandemic hit, Chef Crystal Wahpepah was finally seeing the fruits of her labor. As the first Native American woman to own a catering...
article Choctaw Fresh Produce provides assistance to Tribe
(Mississippi) -- Choctaw Fresh Produce has stepped up to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic by delivering over 4,000 pounds of organic produce to Tribal...

8/18/2020

article Alaska tribal group sues over commercial fishing system
(Alaska) -- An Alaska tribal group has filed a lawsuit against state officials claiming the commercial fishing permit system unfairly prevents local anglers from fishing...

8/17/2020

article Food Insecurity Amid Covid-19 Prompts Native Americans to Return to Their Roots
(Indian Country) -- 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...
article Minneapolis chefs serve Native American elders during COVID-19 pandemic
(Minnesota) -- Brian Yazzie is a chef at the Minneapolis American Indian Center and runs the “Elder Meal Program,” which feeds the elderly of the Native...
article Herrera Beutler lauds NOAA decision on sea lion removal
(USA) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has authorized using lethal removal of sea lions on the Columbia River to protect salmon populations...
article Battle Creek man sees farming as form of protest
(Michigan) -- Winter’s final frost came and went as May drew to a close. It was time to get to work at Sunlight Gardens, an urban farm in Battle Creek’s...
article Tribal members shouldn’t need state permits to fish in Metlakatla’s traditional waters, lawsuit argues
(Alaska) -- Metlakatla Indian Community is suing Gov. Mike Dunleavy and senior state officials over fishing rights. The state’s sole Native reservation says the...

8/16/2020

article Kanesatake fosters food security with Gardens of Hope
(Quebec) -- Throughout the course of the summer, a group of dedicated gardeners in Kanesatake, Que., have been rising with the sun to weed, water, and tend to dozens of...

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...

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