Photo credit; Intertribal Agriculture Council
Published August 15, 2018
Representatives from 40 Tribes, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and Food Sovereignty Experts
Meet to Improve and Expand Native American Food Independence
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center announced today it will host the inaugural Intertribal Food Sovereignty Summit from Aug. 20-23, 2018. This groundbreaking event is produced in conjunction with theMashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Narragansett Indian Tribe, Narragansett Food Sovereignty Initiative, Intertribal Agriculture Council and Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Led by tribal, U.S. government and food sovereignty thought leaders, attendees of the three-day summit will visit indigenous food landscapes from forest to farm to ocean. On- and offsite sessions will cover vital topics such as forming tribal farm enterprises, cultivating seed banks, managing aquaponics and fish hatcheries, utilizing wild medicinals, improving tribal lands through conservation partnerships and more.
“This event is for anyone who values Native food sovereignty,” said Cliff Sebastian IV, Pequot Museum marketing director and Mashantucket Pequot tribal member. “Whether you grow, gather, cook or sell indigenous foods, or you work in forest, waterway, air, soil or plant conservation, this summit will introduce you to leaders whose invaluable expertise will inform, inspire and foster growth among our Native food ways.”
Tickets are available online at pequotmuseum.org/Events/?rid=1436. All meals are included and will be prepared by a team of renowned indigenous chefs from the U.S. and abroad. On Aug. 21, a special dinner created by Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef, will be served at 5:00 p.m. Feast of the Green Corn Moon will feature specialties including hominy cakes and smoked trout; apple chips and dried rabbit; Mohawk red corn bread and berry sauce; bison and cranberry meatballs; and much more.
For more information and to register for the first Intertribal Food Sovereignty Summit, please visit PequotMuseum.org.