Montana No Kid Hungry is excited to be hosting “Flavors of Home – A Native Food Sovereignty Summit” in partnership with FAST Blackfeet, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, Blackfeet Agriculture Resource Management Plan, MSU Extension, Montana School Nutrition Association, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, and so many other amazing indigenous food leaders across the state. The featured presenters for the event are Chef Sean Sherman of The Sioux Chef, Mariah Gladstone of Indigikitchen, and Supaman Hip Hop. The Flavors of Home Native Food Sovereignty Summit is an opportunity for educators, health advocates, foodies and community members throughout Montana to engage in a conversation focused on the importance of revitalizing Native food culture and strengthening the tie between the food we eat, the land we call home, and the health of our mind, body and soul.
You can learn about local projects with Sherman and Gladstone, who will share about planning, collaboration and leveraging resources on Monday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center, 1223 Mullowney Lane, Billings, MT 59101, 248-7151.
Sean Sherman, born in Pine Ridge, S.D., has been cooking across the U.S. and Mexico for the past 30 years, and is internationally renowned in the culinary movement of indigenous foods. His main focus has been on the revitalization and evolution of indigenous foods systems throughout North America and bringing back a sense of Native American cuisine to today’s world. In 2014, he opened The Sioux Chef as a caterer and food educator in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area. His first book, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen,” was awarded the James Beard medal for Best American Cookbook for 2018. The Sioux Chef team continues to make indigenous foods more accessible to as many communities as possible through the recently founded non-profit North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS).
Mariah Gladstone, Cherokee and Blackfeet, grew up in Northwest Montana on and near the Blackfeet Reservation. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in environmental engineering and returned home where she continues to work on food advocacy, including developing Indigikitchen to revitalize and re-imagine Native foods. She has been named a “25 Under 25 Leader in Indian Country” and a “Champion for Change” by the Center for Native American Youth. She is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader.
“Supaman” is Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a Native American dancer and innovative hip hop artist who makes his home on the Crow Reservation in Montana. He is a Nammy “Native American Music Award” winner, “North American Indigenous Image Award” winner, and winner of Best Hip Hop Album and Best Producer for the Indigenous Music Awards. Supaman’s one-of-a-kind presentation combines Native American culture, comedy and urban hip hop culture which dazzles audiences and captivates listeners. His ability to motivate, encourage and inspire through dance and hip hop music gives him a platform to educate on Indigenous issues.
Flavors of Home
8-8:30 a.m. Registration and light breakfast
8:30-9 a.m. Opening Ceremony and welcoming remarks
9-10 a.m. Keynote: Sean Sherman of The Sioux Chef
10-10:15 a.m. Elder Response
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. to noon Food Sovereignty in Montana: Panel Discussion
Noon to 1 p.m. Prayer and Indigenous Lunch
1-1:45 p.m. Keynote: Mariah Gladstone of Indigikitchen
1:45-2 p.m. Youth Response
2-3 p.m. Native Cooking Demonstration
3-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-4 p.m. Making Change: Regional Discussion Groups
4-4:15 p.m. Closing remarks
4:15-5 p.m. Featured performance: Supaman Hip Hop