The food sovereignty effort faces legal, financial, and cultural hurdles. But tribal leaders are fighting for legislation and grants to help make the return easier. On-the-ground efforts like community gardens and cooking classes are helping to reintroduce tribal members to the practices of their ancestors.
Are you a Native American? Do you prioritize a diet focused on “first foods?” What barriers do you face trying to return to a more traditional diet?
- Elise Krohn: Traditional Foods and Medicine Educator at the Northwest Indian College Cooperative Extension
- Rita Williams: Community Educator and Policy Coordinator at Muscogee (Creek) Nation Food and Fitness Policy Council
- Eric Quaempts: Director of the Department of Natural Resources at the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation