Those who missed the Native American Nutrition conference, hosted May 23-25 by the University of Minnesota in Prior Lake, Minnesota, can now watch key speakers’ recorded talks online.

The theme for the fifth annual conference was: ‘Decolonizing and Indigenizing our Diets for Health.’

Indigenous academics, elders, policy advisers, knowledge keepers, and more spoke in panels on the theme throughout the three day conference. 

Panelists included Michael Yellow Bird (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara), the dean and the professor of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, spoke on intermittent fasting; Beverly Stabber Warne, (Oglala Lakota), professor at South Dakota State University College of Nursing, who talked about the elder perspective on food for healing; and keynote speaker Andrea Carmen (Yaqui), the Executive Director of the International Indian Treaty Council, who lectured on building resiliency of Indigenous food systems in response to COVID-19 and the climate crisis.

Videos of each featured speaker, plus demonstrations, including a presentation and cooking demonstration by Oglala Lakota chef and recent James Beard 2022 award for Best New Restaurant, Sean Sherman, are available here.



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