The First Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition (September 26-27, 2016) presents a first-of-its-kind opportunity to share and advance knowledge related to the dietary health of Native communities.
The major purposes of this conference are to showcase innovative work being done in Indian country to improve Native American nutrition; to bring together Native American leaders, academics, and public health workers in order to build new partnerships; and to candidly explore ways to overcome the existing obstacles to greater understanding between Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge. We hope to map out what’s being done, and what still needs to be done, and to energize attendees to build momentum to improve Native American nutrition.
Confirmed speakers include both academics with research interests relating to Native American nutrition and practitioners working in Indian Country:
- Treena Delormier (Mohawk), University of Hawaii
- Faith Spotted Eagle (Yankton Sioux), Braveheart Society
- Abigail Echo Hawk (Kitkehahki Band of Pawnee Nation/Upper Athabascan People of Mentasta Village), Washington State University
- Gary Ferguson (Unangan/Aleut), Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
- Joel Gittelsohn, Johns Hopkins University
- J. Neil Henderson (Chocktaw Nation of Oklahoma), University of Oklahoma
- Janie Hipp (Chickasaw Nation), Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas School of Law
- Harriet Kuhnlein, Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment, McGill University
The registration fee covers attendance at all sessions and meals during the two-day conference.
A block of hotel rooms at Mystic Lake has been reserved for conference attendees. Rooms will be available for $129 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 952-445-9000 or 800-262-7799 and identifying yourself as a participant in the Native American Nutrition Conference event.