Third Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

October 2-5, 2018

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From knowledge to practice: Using both Indigenous wisdom and academic research to improve Native American nutrition

Opening Ceremony & Welcome Remarks 

Emcee: Abigail Echo-Hawk (Pawnee/Athbascan)
Director, Urban Indian Health Institute
Seattle, WA;

Emcee: Linda Frizzell, PhD (Eastern Cherokee and Lakota)
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Minneapolis, MN

Mindy S. Kurzer, PhD,
Conference Planning Committee Chair
University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN

Jesse Chase (Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community)
Chair, Seeds of Native Health
Prior Lake, MN

Brian Buhr, PhD
Dean, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences
University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN

Nikki Farago (Seneca)
Assistant Commissioner of Children and Family Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Saint Paul, MN

Honor Guard: Sisseton-Wahpeton Kit Fox Society

Drum group: Iron Boy

Prayer: Leonard Wabasha, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Cultural Director

The (R)Evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America

Chef Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota)
Founder, The Sioux Chef

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Reclaiming the Tradition of Breastfeeding: The Foundation of a Nation

Camie Jae Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC (Sisseton-Wahpeton)
Clinical Social Worker and Lactation Consultant
Seattle, WA

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It Takes a Village: Effective Approaches to Child Nutrition in Indian Country

Kelli Begay, MS, MBA, RD, (Kickapoo/Seminole/Mvskoke Creek)
Nutrition Consultant, Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention
Indian Health Service
Rockville, MD

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Improving Health of Native American Elders Through Increasing Traditional Food Consumption

Petra Harmon One Hawk, MPH (Standing Rock Dakota and Lakota)
Title VI Director and Director of the Nutrition for the Elderly/Caregiver Support Program
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Fort Yates, ND

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Elder Response

Beverly Stabber-Warne, RN, MSN (Oglala Lakota)
South Dakota State University College of Nursing
Brookings, SD


Nurturing for the Future – A Hopi Perspective

Evangeline Nuvayestewa (Hopi/Tewa)
Retired teacher

Leon A. Nuvayestewa Sr. (Hopi)
Retired Health Director/Administrator, Hopi Tribe

Valerie Nuvayestewa (Hopi/Tewa)
Diabetes Prevention Educator, DHHS, Hopi Tribe;

Erin Eustace (Hopi/Tewa/Zuni), age 20
Polacca, AZ

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Dream of Wild Health Intergenerational Food Sovereignty Program

Ernie Whiteman (Northern Arapahoe)
Cultural Director, Dream of Wild Health
Hugo, MN

Missy Whiteman (Northern Araphahoe/Kickapoo)
Independent Filmmaker
Pierce, MN

Louis Whiteman (Northern Arapahoe), age 14
Pierce, MN

Youth Panel

Emily Baldy (Yurok and Hupa), age 16
Hoopa CA

Mariah Gladstone (Cherokee and Blackfeet), age 24
Kalispell, MT

Autumn OnlyAChief (Pawnee), age 24
Los Angeles, CA

Taj Sunio (Native Hawaiian), age 18
Lanai City, HI

Kile White (Navajo), age 16
Albuquerque, NM

Moderated by:
Electa Hare-RedCorn, LCSW (Pawnee/Yankton)
Healthy Policy Research Scholar, University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR

Cindy Farlee (Cheyenne River Lakota)
Native Youth Food Sovereignty Alliance
Lawrence, KS

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Dinner Prayer and Comments

Prayer by:
Janice Bad Moccasin (Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community)

Comments by:
Lea Zeise (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin)
Intertribal Agriculture Council

Keynote: “Recovering Our Ancestors’ Food”

Introduction by:
Harriet Kuhnlein, PhD
Professor Emerita, McGill University
Montreal, Canada

Aura Leticia Teleguario Sincal (Maya Kaqchikel)
Advisor, Indigenous Peoples’ Issues for USAID and the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala
Former Guatemalan Minister of Labor and Social Security

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Food Diversity and Indigenous Food Systems to Combat Diet-Linked Chronic Diseases

Kalidas Shetty, PhD
Associate Vice President for International Partnerships and Collaborations and Professor of Plant Sciences
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND

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New Hope for Old Crops: The Pawnee Seed Preservation Project

Debra D. Echo-Hawk (Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma)
Pawnee Keeper of the Seeds and Title VI Coordinator
Pawnee, OK

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But What Did They Really Eat? Food Yields from The Three Sisters

Jane Mt. Pleasant, PhD (Tuscarora)
Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture,
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

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Promoting Health Through Food Systems and Food Sovereignty Initiatives

Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, DrPH, MPH (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)
Associate Professor, Health Promotion Sciences, Sam K. Viersen Family Foundation Presidential Professor, College of Public Health
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Tulsa, OK

Elder Response

Leon A. Nuvayestewa Sr. (Hopi)
Retired Health Director/Administrator
Hopi Tribe

Redefining Healthy Food, Reinventing Finance, and Returning to Self-Sufficiency

Zachary Ducheneaux (Cheyenne River Sioux)
Intertribal Agriculture Council Technical Assistance Program
Eagle Butte, SD


Ocean to Table

Azure B Boure, BSNES (Suquamish)
Coordinator, Suquamish Tribe Traditional Food and Medicine Program
Suquamish, WA

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Significance of Traditional Wild Plant Nutrition for Tohono O’odham Health

Martha Ames Burgess, MS
Adjunct Professor, Tohono O’odham Community College
Sells, AZ

Newman’s Own Foundation Native American Nutrition Cohort: A Peer Learning Collaborative Approach to Strengthen Fresh Food Access and Nutrition Education in Indian Country

Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee)
Echo Hawk Consulting
Tulsa, OK

Faith Fennelly
Newman’s Own Foundation
Westport, CT

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Revitalizing Traditional Foods as Nutritional Food Options

Rebecca Edler (Menominee)
Dolly Potts (Prairie Band Potawatomi)
Adam Schulz (Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians)
Sustainable Development Institute
College of Menominee Nation
Keshena, WI

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Achieving Campus Wellness Through the Integration of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Education at United Tribes Technical College

Fox (Arikara)
B. McGinness, MEd
A. Wadsworth (Spirit Lake Nation)
M. Yborra, RD
United Tribes Technical College
Bismarck, ND

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NW Tribal Food Sovereignty Coalition: Inter-tribal and Intergenerational Collaboration

Nora Frank-Buckner, MPH (Nez Perce/Klamath)
Tam Lutz, MPH, MHA (Lummi Nation)
Portland Area Indian Health Board
Portland, OR; and NW Tribal Food Sovereignty Coalition Members

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The Role of Soil Nourishment in Nutritional Quality of Indigenous Foods

Scott Goode, BS
Nourishing Systems
Central Point, OR; Research Scientist, Desert
Research Institute (DRI), Reno, NV

Beverly Ausmus Ramsey, PhD
Wa-Hi-La, LLC
Woodsboro, MD; DRI, Reno, NV

Anna Eichner, BA
Tikkum Olam Research & Teaching Farm
Central Point, OR; DRI, Reno, NV

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Healthy Navajo Store Initiative

J. Hood, MSc (Navajo)
D. Carroll, MPH (Navajo)
C. George, MS (Navajo)
S. Shin, MD
Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE)
Gallup, NM

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Blackfeet Nation Community Food Security and Food Sovereignty Assessment

Betsy Loring, Nonie Woolf (Yakama/Choctaw)
Kirsten Krane
Scott Brant
FAST Blackfeet
Browning, MT

Sharon Silvas (Blackfeet) and Stefany Jones
Indian Health Services
Browning, MT

Marissa McElrone
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

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Converting Food Deserts into OAASIS: (Organic Adaptive Agricultural Systems Integrated for Sustainability)

Beverly Ausmus Ramsey, PhD
Desert Research Institute
Reno, NV

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Epigenetic Impact of Unresolved Trauma and Poor Nutrition

Donald Warne, MD, MPH (Oglala Lakota)
Director, Indians into Medicine Program
Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Professor, Family & Community Medicine
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Addressing Historical Trauma to Improve Native Nutritional Health

Karina Walters, PhD (Choctaw)
William P. and Ruth Gerberding Endowed Professor and Associate Dean for Research Co-Director
Indigenous Research Wellness Institute, University of Washington
Seattle, WA

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Deconstructing Historical Trauma: Survival Stories

Mary Annette Pember (Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe)
Award-winning journalist and former president of the Native American Journalists Association
Cincinnati, OH

Medicine for the Spirit: Breathing, Shaking and Dancing

Donna LaChapelle (Ojibwe/Dakota, White Earth Nation)
Faculty Member, Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington, D.C., and Elder in Residence, Native American Community Clinic
Minneapolis, MN

Closing Elder Panel

Hope Flanagan (Seneca)
Wild Foods Educator, Dream of Wild Health
Minneapolis, MN

Evangeline Nuvayestewa (Hopi/Tewa)
Retired teacher
Polacca, AZ

Leon A. Nuvayestewa Sr. (Hopi)
Retired Health Director/Administrator
Hopi Tribe
Polacca, AZ

Beverly Stabber Warne, RN, MSN (Oglala Lakota)
South Dakota State University College of Nursing
Brookings, SD

Ernie Whiteman (Northern Arapahoe)
Cultural Director, Dream of Wild Health
Minneapolis, MN

Closing Ceremony and Concluding Comments

Prayer by:
Janice Bad Moccasin (Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community)

Closing Remarks:
Abigail Echo-Hawk (Pawnee/Athbascan)
Director, Urban Indian Health Institute
Seattle, WA

Linda Frizzell, PhD (Eastern Cherokee and Lakota)
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Minneapolis, MN