In Praise of Seeds and Hope
Excerpted from "Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States"
The seeds passed through a couple of pairs of hands before they got to the farm. But they started with Paul DeMain, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (board member of Honor the Earth) and the editor of News from Indian Country. DeMain says his seeds originally came from the Miami tribe in Indiana and are thought to be from a line that's somewhere between 1,000 to 2,000 years old.
SEED: Climate Change Resilience Gilbert Yazzie talks about seeds as life, where there is no beginning or end, and the importance of keeping farming and food alive to give thanks and share its goodness with all in harmony.
Winona LaDuke has been making the rounds in all three districts in recent weeks, talking to Band members about the Mille Lacs Band Integrated Food Systems Program, which Commissioner of Administration Catherine Colsrud has been developing for over a year. Winona's Honor the Earth organization was chosen to partner with the Band in operating the program. See the February Inaajimowin for a story on the project. If you can't wait that long, and "like" the MLBO Farming Project Facebook page.
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe photos posted:
On February 22, representatives from Indigenous food projects around the country gathered at theTaos County Economic Development Corporation (TCEDC) with representatives from Slow Food USA(and Skyped in Slow Foods International) as well as the Christiansen Fund, to discuss the possibility and mechanics of establishing a Slow Foods chapter specifically for Indigenous people from Canada, the US, and Mexico. Participants felt that having a Slow Food association separate from the national organizations would give Native communities better opportunities to network, develop presidia to protect Indigenous foods, and send Native delegates to Terra Madre in Italy.
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals from Native communities interested in conducting food sovereignty or community food assessments. Under the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative, generously supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, First Nations plans to award up to 10 grants of up to $10,000 each to Native communities looking to conduct food assessments and gain a better knowledge and understanding about the historical, current and future state of their local food systems.