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WATCH: Speakers at the Native American Nutrition Conference

Those who missed the Native American Nutrition Conference, hosted May 23-25 ​​by the University of Minnesota in Prior Lake, Minnesota, can now watch recorded speeches from keynote speakers online.

The theme of the fifth annual conference was: “Decolonizing and Indigenizing Our Diets for Health”.

Indigenous scholars, elders, policy advisors, knowledge keepers and more spoke in panels on the theme throughout the three-day conference.

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

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

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Jenna Kunze is a staff reporter who covers Indian health, environment and breaking news for Native News Online. She is also the publication’s senior reporter on stories related to Indian boarding schools and repatriation. His bylines have appeared in The Arctic Sounder, High Country News, Indian Country Today, Tribal Business News, Smithsonian Magazine and Anchorage Daily News. In 2020, she was one of 16 American journalists selected by the Pulitzer Center to report on the effects of climate change in the Arctic region of Alaska. Previously, she was a senior reporter at the Chilkat Valley News in Haines, Alaska. Kunze is based in New York.