Food Sovereignty Summit 2019


  • Monday, September 23, 2019

    Pre–Conference Tour and Grazing

    12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Tour Registration (Onsite Only)
    Registration will be at the Front Desk of the Radisson Hotel.
    1:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Tour of Oneida’s Integrated Food System
    Onsite registration for this tour begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Front Desk of the Radisson. Tour leaves the Radisson at 1:30 p.m.

    Agricultural production (Tsyunhehkwa, Aquaponics, Buffalo Lookout, Apple Orchard), processing (Cannery), Oneida Nation Museum, and outlets (Oneida School, Food Distribution, Oneida Pantry, and Oneida Market)
    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Pre-Session Experiential Learning (Pre-Registration Required)
    Aquaponics: Learn the Ins and Outs of a Farm to School Project
    This session focuses on the aquaponics system from grant development to implementation. You will hear about the operation, supplying greens to the school, the costs, and the maintenance. In addition the involvement of youth into the project as a science curriculum.

    Attendees must plan to be on site on Monday afternoon to attend this session.
    5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM
    Conference Registration & Check-In
    6:30 PM  -  9:00 PM
    Introductory Grazing: Welcome Reception
    Taste Oneida raised grass-fed bison while you meet other attendees from Indian Country who are fully immersed in the work of food sovereignty. An open space for introductions and conversation.
    6:30 PM  -  9:00 PM
    Join us for an in-depth look at Gather – a new, feature-length documentary focusing on the growing Native American food sovereignty movement. The film takes a hard look at the destruction of Native food systems as a colonial tactic, but more importantly, the film chronicles the rise of the larger Indigenous food movement in North America. Many of First Nations’ NAFSI grantees and partners are featured, as are others making huge strides in advancing Native food sovereignty as a way of asserting tribal sovereignty, reclaiming control of Native food systems, and restoring the health and well-being of Native communities.
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    Day One Morning Session

    7:00 AM  -  7:30 AM
    Edge of the Woods Ceremony with Tobacco Burning
    7:30 AM  -  5:00 PM
    Registration & Check-In
    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    8:20 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Post Flags: Color Guard

    Day One Morning Session

    8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Opening Remarks
    9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Conference Keynote
    Michael Roberts, President & CEO, First Nations Development Institute
    Keynote: TBD
    10:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
    10:15 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Thriving Tribal Food Systems
    This session will focus on the continued development of Tribal systems with examples from several communities. While the nomenclature of agriculture has changed over time, Tribal food systems have maintained, regrown, and/or adjusted to continue to be an important institution. We will explore the continued maintenance of these systems and how or if they have changed under present day pressures.

    Marcus Briggs-Cloud, Ekvn Yefolecv
    Hillary Rennick, Sherwood Valley Rancheria

    11:45 AM  -  1:30 PM
    Conference Luncheon
    Behind the Scenes of Gather
    Get behind the scenes insight into the production of the film GATHER. Whether you are a farmer, rancher, marketer, journalist, program specialist or grant writer, you carry a story that can draw people in. Dive into the minds with other creatives and come back with a stronger understanding of how branding, marketing, media and visual storytelling can create change.

    Clayton Harvey, Ndée Bikíyaa

    1:45 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Apple Orchard & Apple Fest
    Participants will learn all aspects from apple production to agri-tourism. Learn about the various types of apples, what to look for, pruning, and how to care for them with an Integrated Pest Management program. Your orchard can serve as a wonderful celebration to engage the community with an event such as Oneida’s Apple Fest. Pick–your–own and enjoy.
    Location: Oneida Apple Orchard
    1:45 PM  -  5:00 PM
    White Corn Husking Bee
    Participants will experience what happens during Oneida's annual Husking Bee. The community and youth come to preserve tradition and share knowledge about our White Heirloom Corn. We will discuss the white heirloom corn, from planting to harvesting, and our seed saving techniques. Participate in the process of harvesting the corn directly from the fields, and braiding it to dry. Learn about our culture while making a corn-husk doll and sharing your experiences with others.
    Location: Tsyunhehkwa Farm
    1:45 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Oneida Market and Oneida One–Stop Tour
    Participants will learn all aspects of apple production to engaging the community through events. Learn about the various types of apples, what to look for, pruning, and how to care for them with an integrated pest management program. Then it’s on to the processing system for the apples to include the nutritional content, dehydration method, and packaging for apple chips.
    Location: Oneida One–Stop/Oneida Market

    Day One Afternoon Session

    1:45 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Business Plan Development
    Whether you are an agricultural producer, Tribal Economic Development Director or run a non-profit, turning your business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success is a key component to moving your personal, Tribal and/or community business forward. Committing your idea to paper in the form of a business plan not only increases your chances of obtaining financing, but also in keeping your business strategically focused. A business plan can start simple, grow organically or be as detailed as you’d like. In this session the trainer will lead a discussion of the importance of focusing on the mission statement, business description, goals, plan summary and credit request.

    Fred Briones, First Nations Consultant
    Joanie Buckley, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin

    1:45 PM  -  3:00 PM
    First Foods
    Description TBA
    1:45 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Indigenous Food System Models
    For thousands of years, Indigenous communities crafted relationships with our environments, our foods and created intimate language cultivated in culture and ways of being that continue to guide our path. Explore the thought-process behind three of Indian Countries premier food system models. Digest their challenges and success, as you embark on the developing your own indigenous food system.

    Cassius Spears, Narragansett Tribal Farm

    3:00 PM  -  3:15 PM
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Hemp Industry
    For Indian tribes and entrepreneurs industrial hemp is the latest and most promising investment to support the transformation a community. Learn to select the best avenue for hemp a hemp project biased on risk and opportunity, get up-to-date information on hemp regulation and policy, and learn from tribes who are passionate growers and operators within the tribal hemp industry.
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Rural Broadband Access
    Native people who live on tribal lands and in rural areas lag far behind in accessing fixed and mobile broadband, which is vital for economic development and growth. Resources to Bridge the Digital Divide in Indian Country is a publication in the making that explores federal and private funding and technical assistance resources that can provide rural Native American communities the capacity to build their telecommunications infrastructure and access broadband services. Explore the benefits and possibilities of and how technology can shape the agricultural landscape.

    Marian Quinlan, Quinlan and Associates

    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Conservation Tools & Land Mapping
    This panel will discuss how various conservation tools are being used to improve control of tribal lands, conservation practices, agriculture production, and food security. Agricultural mapping tools, such as Vegetation GIS Data System (VGS), improve monitoring and management of soil, water use, and land cover.

    The Conservation Fund

    6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM
    Grazing & Culinary Showcase of Traditional Foods
    Featuring I-Collective:
    The Culinary Showcase features Indigenous women chefs of The I-Collective, an autonomous group of Indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, seed, and knowledge keepers, the I-Collective strives to open a dialogue and create a new narrative that highlights not only historical Indigenous contributions, but also promotes our community's resilience and innovations in gastronomy, agriculture, the arts, and society at large. Join us for featured I-Collective chefs:

    Twila Cassadore (San Carlos Apache)
    Hillel Echo-Hawk (Pawnee and Athabaskan)
    Brit Reed (Choctaw)
    Tashia Hart (Red Lake)
    Kristina Stanley (Red Cliff)
  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    Day Two Morning Session

    7:30 AM  -  5:00 PM
    Conference Registration & Check-In
    8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
    8:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Food Systems Funders Panel
    While philanthropy’s underfunding of native communities continues to decline, there is a rise in developing food system projects that require adequate resources. Industry leaders will embark on a conversation of how proven native-led organizations and grassroots change-makers can make the most of opportunities which include the Keepseagle Trust, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and native nonprofits.
    10:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
    10:15 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Tribal Sovereignty and Land Rights
    Recently, tribal sovereignty has been challenged through federal impositions on lands, natural resources, and water. Many tribal communities are strategically pushing back on these impositions to maintain and assert control over their homelands, resources, and people. This session looks at some of cases where Tribal communities are asserting sovereignty using both old and new legal, social, and economic tools.
    11:00 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Farm Bill Overview
    Description TBA
    11:45 AM  -  12:40 PM
    Conference Luncheon
    Networking Lunch
    12:40 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Public Law and Negotiated Settlement
    U.S. v. Keepseagle settlements negotiations have concluded with the establishment of a Native American Agriculture Fund that is anticipated to change the landscape in Indian Country. This session will focus on the details of the U.S. v. Keepseagle settlement and the new trust, its implications, and future of agriculture and food in Indian Country.
    1:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Oneida Cannery Processing
    This learning session offers the opportunity to learn about the processing system and positioning products for the market. You will learn about food safety and handling requirements, and recording product for market. You will learn about value-added products through the processing of apples to include the nutritional content, dehydration method, freeze dried method, and packaging for apple chips. Understand product branding for an eye-catching package on the shelf!
    Location: Oneida Cannery & Veterans Building
    1:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Bee Keeping
    Through this experiential learning program, participants will learn how to handle begin a bee keeping program; how to care for bees, where to place and care for the delicate beehives, and the movement of bees. You will lean the importance of pollination for agriculture, and the various types of honey production. From pollinator to market, you will hear from the producer the pricing of honey, product design, and the ins and outs of a start-up business.
    Location:Little Bear
    1:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Ecological Restoration
    In 2011 the Oneida Nation embarked on an effort to establish wild rice beds at a newly restored wetland called “Coyote Run”. The project goal is to provide Tribal members with increased opportunities to view wildlife and supply a cultural resource for harvest. In 2018 the rice beds at this marsh covered more than 18 acres. So join us and learn more about wild rice ecological restoration.
    Location: Where the Waterbirds Nest

    Day Two Afternoon Session

    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Government Grant Applications
    Learn how to navigate federal government grantseeking, from determining what grant programs might be appropriate for your organization and project, to the online submission process. We will cover how to find grant opportunities online, highlight each section of the application, put together a project budget, and discuss the required forms and attachments.
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Food Codes
    This session will discuss the importance of adopting of Tribal food codes to support the exercise food sovereignty in Indian Country. Panelists will provide an overview of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative's Model Tribal Food and Agriculture Code and feature perspectives from Tribal Nations who have adopted a portion of the Model Code or developed their own food codes to meet the needs of their on-reservation food systems.
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Strategic Planning Tools & Processes
    The capacity for making better decisions is of the utmost importance to the long-term success of any project, program, or initiative. Take a crash course on strategic planning as you verse yourself in feasibility studies, food assessments, logic models, and SWOT analysis, to validate a concept, prioritize your goals, strengthen a crucial workflow process, reveal hidden opportunities.
    3:00 PM  -  3:15 PM
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Setting the Stage for Private Funding
    This session will discuss how to develop the internal capacity to apply for foundation and private funding and the process of preparing to submit an application. You will learn how to identify funding sources and organizational needs, as well as preparing your mission statement, vision, organizational and project budget, project and development plan, and evaluation process. This session will also cover funder engagement and strategies for creating and maintaining relationships with funders.
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Overview of Legal Cases
    From hunting and fishing to aboriginal land claims to patent law, Indigenous food systems are in need of legal protection. This session will review the current cases that have serious implications on Indigenous food systems and how Tribal communities can prepare and further protect their food systems, land, seeds, and people.
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Stewardship and Conservation
    Indigenous communities have managed and cultivated land utilizing traditional knowledge over thousands of years. This knowledge has supported bountiful food systems that are uniquely integrated and managed as part of an ecosystem. These traditional agriculture practices continue, although marginalized and mostly at a smaller scale due to the impacts of colonialism. The panel will discuss efforts to reclaim and revitalize traditional agriculture, the methods being used, and funding opportunities to expand this work.
    5:30 PM  -  6:30 PM
    Ohe•láku Seed Exchange
    Ohe•láku (among the cornstalks) is a cooperative of Oneida families that grow traditional, heirloom corn together. This year, Ohe•láku will be assisting growers and seed keepers with the Seed Exchange. This traditional practice protects seed diversity, helps to ensure food security, and carries indigenous knowledge forward. Keep seeds in the hands of the people.
    6:30 PM  -  9:00 PM
    Oneida Social Dinner
    Wear your traditional attire (optional)
    The Oneida Nation Smokedancers will lead an Iroquois social dance with songs from the longhouse. Wear your traditional attire in celebration. An evening of festivities in community.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019

    Day Three Morning Session

    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    8:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Strengthening Climate Resiliency on Tribal Lands
    Indigenous people have been adapting to changing climate over thousands of years, however, today we are experiencing climate change at the fastest rate in human history. The impacts to agriculture production will be considerable with expected increases in temperatures, shifts in seasons, and erratic weather patterns that exacerbate drought and flooding. Join us for a panel discussion on how tribes are planning for and adapting agriculture to climate change to ensure a climate resilient future.
    10:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    10:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Wisdom Throughout the Generations: The Future of Agriculture and Traditional Ecological Knowledge
    Learning from Our Youth and Elders
    Youth training and development is necessary to prepare our next generation of leaders to sustain cultural traditions and knowledge tied to subsistence lifeways. Ensuring that these youth programs are culturally relevant promotes the success of our youth and the vitality of Native communities. Cultural relevancy depends on a foundation in traditional teaching methods that involve elders as the keepers of knowledge and traditions. The panel will feature how elders and youth are working together to expand the use and safeguard traditional agriculture practices.
    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Closing Remarks