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 (SOLD OUT)
    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
    6:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
    Buffalo 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 p.m. – Introduction of Gather with Director Sanjay Rawal
    7:00 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’ Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative 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.

    A Q&A with the presenters will be held after the film.

    Sanjay Rawal, Illumine Films
    Kim Baca, KBConsulting

    Moderator: A-dae Romero-Briones, First Nations Development Insitute

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    7:00 AM  -  7:30 AM
    Edge of the Woods Ceremony with Tobacco Burning
    7:30 AM  -  5:00 PM
    8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Breakfast Service

    Day One Morning Session

    8:20 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Post Flags: Color Guard
    8:30 AM  -  9:20 AM
    Opening Remarks
    Tehassi Hill, Chairman, Oneida Nation
    Michael Roberts, President & CEO, First Nations Development Institute

    Raymond Foxworth, Vice President, First Nations Development Insitute
    Joanie Buckley, Division Director – Internal Services, Oneida Nation of WIsconsin
    9:20 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Conference Keynote
    Ross John Sr., Counselor, Seneca Nation of Indians
    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
    Ta-Nae Johnson, Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians
    Natalie Hernandez, Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians

    Moderator: Joanie Buckley, Oneida Nation
    11:45 AM  -  1:30 PM
    Conference Luncheon
    Gather: Behind the Scenes
    Get behind-the-scenes insights into the production of the film Gather and its related journalism project. You'll hear from a digital storytelling expert -- film director Sanjay Rawal -- and others (including the coordinator of the journalism project and a couple of the film's subjects) about what it takes to undertake such a project or be featured in the film, some of the challenges faced, and many other interesting tidbits that come with concepting, filming and editing a full-length documentary film. Besides the inside scoop on the film, you'll likely get digital storytelling tips you can use in your own work.

    Clayton Harvey, Ndée Bikíyaa
    Kim Baca, KBConsulting
    Twila Cassadore, I-Collective
    Elsie Dubray, Stanford University Student

    Moderator: Sanjay Rawal, Illumine Films


    Day One Afternoon Session

    1:45 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Business Plan Development
    Whether you are an agriculture 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 and be as detailed as you’d like. In this session, you will be walked through the elements of a successful business plan.

    Fred Briones, First Nations Consultant

    Moderator: Yadira Rivera, First Nations Development Institute

    1:45 PM  -  3:00 PM
    First Foods

    Food sovereignty begins as early as pregnancy when Indigenous mothers introduce children to traditional foods in vivo. It is strengthened when traditional food is incorporated into the everyday diet of Indigenous children. The behaviors, practices, cultural significance and preferences that form during the process of breastfeeding and first foods are critical in the formation of adult dietary, cultural and social behaviors. However, influx of pressure from federal health policy, federal feeding programs and food marketing have impeded tribal sovereignty to incorporate first foods. Tribes are asserting rights to create healthier children, families and communities.

    Valerie Segrest, Feed Seven Generations
    Alicia Gourd-Mackin, Indigenous Birth and Breastfeeding Collective of North Dakota/Sitting Bull College
    Roberta Eaglehorse-Ortiz, Wombyns Wellness Garden

    Moderator: Candi Cornelius, Oneida Nation
    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 Food Sovereignty Initiative
    Jim Etters, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
    Chairman Shannon Wheeler, Nez Perce Tribe

    Moderator: Councilman Daniel Guzman, Oneida Nation


    Day One Experiential Learning

    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

    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.

    Blake Hunter, Good Seed Hemp Co.
    Jason Belcourt, Rocky Boy Chippewa Cree Tribe
    Alex White Plume, Oglala Sioux Tribe

    Moderator: Fred Briones, First Nations Consultant
    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
    Kimball Sekaquaptewa, Santa Fe Indian School

    Moderator: Jason Doxtator, Oneida Nation
    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.

    Peg Kohring, The Conservation Fund
    Steve DeRoy, Firelight

    Moderator: Pat Pelky, Oneida Nation
    6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM
    Grazing & Culinary Showcase of Traditional Foods
    Featuring I-Collective & Arlie Doxtator (Oneida Chef)
    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
    7:30 AM  -  5:00 PM
    Conference Registration

    Day Two Morning Session

    8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Breakfast Service
    8:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Food Systems Funders Panel

    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 and establish relationships with those leading funding in Indian Country.

    Janie Hipp, Native American Agriculture Fund
    Martin Jennings, Northwest Area Foundation
    Colleen Vincent, James Beard Foundation

    Moderator: Raymond Foxworth, First Nations Development Institute

    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.

    Robyn Jackson, Dine C.A.R.E.
    Carol Davis, Dine C.A.R.E.
    Bryan Polite/Marguerite Smith, Shinnecock Nation

    Moderator: Yadira Rivera, First Nations Development Institute
    11:00 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Farm Bill Overview

    The 2018 Farm Bill contained a record 63 provisions relating to Native American tribes, communities, and producers based on the strong voices of tribal governments and members of the Native Farm Bill Coalition. The panel will explore several key provisions to show how these authorities will further tribal governance and economic development to build strong food systems in tribal communities and across rural America, as well as discuss the implementation of the legislation.

    Colby Duren, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
    Angela Biggs USDA NRCS State Representative

    Moderator: Councilman Ernie Stevens, Oneida Nation
    11:45 AM  -  12:40 PM
    Conference Luncheon
    Networking Lunch
    12:40 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Public Law and Negotiated Settlement

    Keepseagle v. Vilsack settlement negotiations have concluded with the establishment of the Native American Agriculture Fund (the “Trust”) that is anticipated to change the landscape in Indian Country. This session will focus on the details of the Keepseagle v. Vilsack settlement and the new trust, its implications and the future of agriculture and food in Indian Country.

    Vice Chair Brandon Stevens, Oneida Nation
    Janie Hipp, Native American Agriculture Fund

    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.

    Marian Quinlan, Quinlan and Associates
    Alice Botkin, First Nations Development Institute
    Mike Daniels, USDA Rural Development
    Chris Borden, USDA NRCS

    Moderator: Don Miller, Oneida Nation
    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.

    Loren BirdRattler, Blackfeet Nation Agricultural Resources Management Plan
    Erin Parker, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
    Blake Jackson, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
    Vanessa Miller, Oneida Nation
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Building Tribal Programs and Community Co-Ops
    These roundtables are for open for open discussions and sharing information on models, successes, and lessons learned.

    Corn Growers
    Moderator: Lea Zeise, Oneida Nation

    Maple Syrup
    Moderator: Dominique Danforth, Oneida Nation


    Moderator: Buck Jones, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

    Day Two Experiential Learning

    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: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
    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

    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.

    Marsha Whiting, First Nations Development Institute
    Jona Charette, First Nations Development Institute

    Moderator: Alice Botkin, First Nations
    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.

    Dana Cleveland, The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
    Clayvin Herrera, Herrera v. Wyoming

    Moderator: Kelly Elm McAndrews, Oneida Nation
    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.

    Lisa Morehead-Hillman, Karuk Tribe
    Aaron Lowden, Southwest Conservation Corps
    Ervin Carlson, InterTribal Buffalo Council

    Moderator: Mary Adelzadeh, First Nations Development Institute


    6:00 PM  -  6:45 PM
    Buses to Cultural Heritage Park
    Buses load at the front entrance of the Radisson and run every 15 minutes from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to the Cultural Heritage Park.
    6:30 PM  -  7:30 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.
    Location: Cultural Heritage Park
    7:00 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.
    Location: Cultural Heritage Park
    7:30 PM  -  9:00 PM
    Buses to Radisson
    Buses load at the Cultural Heritage Park and run every 15 minutes from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to the Radisson Hotel.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019

    Day Three Morning Session

    8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Breakfast Service
    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.

    Bryan Van Stippen, National Indian Carbon Coalition
    Jason Kesling, United Snake River Tribes Foundation
    Connor Magee, Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians
    Loren BirdRattler, Blackfeet Nation Agricultural Resources Management Plan

    Moderator: Jeff Mears, Oneida Nation
    10:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    10:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Future Generations

    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. The panel will feature how youth are working to expand the use and safeguard traditional agriculture practices.

    Daniel Hayden, University of Wisconsin Health Student
    Grace Webster & Amelia Webster, Oneida Youth
    Aryana Hawthorne, Washington University at St. Louis Student
    Burrell Jones, Tolani Lake Enterprises

    Moderator: Dr. Toni House, Oneida Nation
    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Closing Remarks