Announcing Food Tank’s Upcoming Arizona Summit, “The Wisdom of Indigenous Foodways”

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Announcing Speakers for Food Tank’s Upcoming Arizona Summit, “The Wisdom of Indigenous Foodways”

Hello from Baltimore!

I’m excited to share that Food Tank and Arizona State University (ASU) are hosting a summit on January 22, 2020, about the wisdom of indigenous foodways. Food Tank is proud to host this event in collaboration with the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at ASU and the Sustainable Community Food Systems Program at the University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu.

Our goal with this Summit is to center native voices and bring indigenous food system leaders to the forefront of conversations about how to transform the global food system. The evening’s discussions will center around resilience and innovation in indigenous foodways, biodiversity and land rights, and power structures in the food system.

“I’m excited to help amplify voices that have not been fully heard and honored,” Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of the ASU Swette Center, tells Food Tank. “I’m not the expert, I’m the learner in this setting.”

Here are some of the incredible speakers we’ll all be learning from this month in Arizona:

·         Maenette K. P. Ah Nee-Benham, Chancellor, University of Hawai?i at West O?ahu

·         Bryan Brayboy, President’s Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice, Arizona State University

·         Twila Cassadore, San Carlos Apache, Arizona

·         Nephi Craig, Chef and Founder, Native American Culinary Association

·         Paula Daniels, Co-Founder, Center for Good Food Purchasing, and Founder, Los Angeles Food Policy Council

·         Kamuela Enos, Director of Social Enterprise, MA’O Organic Farms

·         Cindy Farlee, Student, ASU Food Policy and Sustainability Leadership

·         Mariah Gladstone, Founder, Indigikitchen

·         Janie Simms Hipp, President & CEO, Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF)

·         Michael Kotutwa Johnson, Research Associate, Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF)

·         Terrol Dew Johnson, Basket Weaver and Community Activist

·         Deb Krol, Environmental Reporter, Arizona Republic

·         Chelsey Luger, Journalist

·         Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at ASU

·         Albie Miles, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Food Systems, University of Hawai‘i at West O‘ahu

·         Karli Moore, Student, ASU Food Policy and Sustainability Leadership

·         Andi Murphy, Journalist; Associate Producer, Native America Calling

·         Melissa Nelson, Professor of American Indian Studies, San Francisco State University

·         Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank

·         Terry Rambler, Chairman, San Carlos Apache

·         Cheryse “Kaui” Sana, Farm Manager, MA?O Organic Farms

·         Shondiin Silversmith, Indigenous Affairs Reporter, Arizona Republic

·         And more still to be announced!


You can learn more about these speakers’ backgrounds and perspectives by CLICKING HERE. And let us know what inspiring figures in the food system you’d like to see at Food Tank events by emailing me at [email protected].

To join Food Tank at our upcoming events across the United States, grab tickets at these links for our events: Arizona, Chicago, and Minneapolis!

See you soon!

All the best,