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LFLS 001: 2015 Tribal Food Sovereignty Summit Part 1 of 3


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For this episode, our first podcast, we are talking with Bob Gough at the 2015 Tribal Food Sovereignty Summit in Green Bay, Wisconsin, hosted by the Oneida Nation.

This is part-one of a three-part series covering the 2015 Tribal Food Sovereignty Summit.

Be sure to check out all 3 episodes covering a combination of interviews at the 2015 Tribal Food Sovereignty Summit.

Our 3-part series:

1st show: Bob Gough, Intertribal C.O.U.P.

2nd show: Dan Cornelius, Intertribal Agriculture Council

3rd show: Elizabeth Hoover, Ph.D., Bernice Stevens and Grace Ann Bird


Here are the show notes for LFLS 001:



Interview with Bob Gough, InterTribal COUP (Council On Utility Policy)

This interview was recorded live from the 2015 Tribal Food Sovereignty Summit in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Topics Covered in our discussion include:

  • Climate Change

  • Sustainability Thru Built Environments

  • Renewable Energy Sources

  • Natural Housing

+Music by Dustin Thomas, Supaman, nine.eighty.one and Iron Subject+

In the interview, Bob discusses his involvement with the White House Council on Climate Change Preparation and Resiliency
Renewable Energy resources on the Great Plains.
Solar and Wind Energy….

Bob shares history how Great Sioux Nation entered into the Treaty of 1868 and discusses Tribal Treaty Rights along the Missouri River.

Bob was Winona LaDuke’s first intern at Honor the Earth in the 1980’s, when he was in law school, and currently sits on the Board of Directors.
Big Idea:
A Nation is only sovereign if they are in control of their energy, housing and food resources.

“Its better for your heart. Instead of fighting AGAINST things, fighting FOR things. Supporting things.”

Median age of the U.S. is 38, the state of South Dakota is about 39 years old, on the reservations, the median age is under 20.”
You have the older generations of farmers running the farms, and young people leaving the reservations for employment. Generational gap in Tribal communities.
Who will grow food?
How do we address the needs of the upcoming generations of young people and their families?

Some potential solutions for Tribal Economic Development:

-Create local career options for Native youth and families.

-Bring our young veterans home from their military Nation Building missions around the world and allow them to use their nation building skills right here at home.

-Build homes that are prepared to handle the extreme weather we have to deal with.

-Homes that are low cost, low energy, highly efficient and extremely cost effective. Not to mention they have very long lifespans.

-Options include: straw bale, cob, earthen houses.
-Adobe walls, straw bale, etc. insulation keeps the cold out and heat in in the winter, and keeps the heat out and keeps inside cool in the summer.
-Important in both weather extremes when power goes out.

-Build passively sustainable community buildings for emergency situations.

-Somewhere for community to gather in times of need.

Story you may not have known:

“In the Bayou, tribal folks are reported to be losing up to 36 football fields of land a day to water.”

“That’s the one place going underwater faster than anywhere on the planet and thats right here in the U.S. We have tribal communities needing to relocate and they want to relocate as communities.”


“Planning and Preparedness are best done in advance” – Grandfather of Kalani Desouza


Parting Message:
We have high unemployment rates with another generation graduating up to the work force age.
What are young people going to need?
Jobs, Homes. Food.
If only we could figure out how to help young people get jobs building homes and growing food.

“If we don’t deal with these problems, or these disasters for the long haul, we really won’t have to worry about the other things. Cuz we will be in tough shape just trying to stay afloat.”


For grant funding opportunities for community-based projects around sustainable energy and housing check out Honor The Earth

Honor The Earth


Grants..deadline is Dec. 1st!
Up to $5,000


Supporting Grassroots Community Projects, Sustainability in Housing, Sustainability in Energy and Local Food Production
Interested in working with tribal groups at the grassroots community level.
Funding aimed at: Projects that enhance and promote sustainability on tribal lands and dealing with threats to land, air, waters and cultural resources.

For disaster preparedness training opportunities, check out:


National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii


Community Training Free of Charge

Credentialed trainers and courses


Federal Emergency Management Agency


FEMA has a large budget for after emergencies, and small budget for community preparedness. But they have many resources that Tribes and Tribal Leaders need to be aware of such as trainings on:
-Community Resilience-
-Disaster Awareness for Leadership-
-Thunderstorms/Winter Storms-
-Social Media In Times of Disaster-
-Decision Making for Decision Makers-

Music by:

Dustin Thomas, Supaman, nine.eighty.one and Iron Subject


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