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LFLS 002: 2015 Tribal Food Sovereignty Summit Part 2 of 3

Show Notes for our interview with Dan Cornelius of the InterTribal Agriculture Council

What is Food Sovereignty and why does it matter?

Assistance Provided by InterTribal Agriculture Council (IAC) [3:30-4:10]

IAC works across 17 different agencies within USDA; each does something different; IAC brings them together to help the tribal food producer navigate the opportunties.

Federal Indian Policy’s role in Urban Indian Population centers [4:10-5:20]

Kris discussing O.V. Indians land and food relationship [5:25-6:00]

Partnership with Nisqually Tribe, Exercising Tribal Treaty Rights in WA [6:00-7:14]

Billy Frank and others willingness to get arrested to affirm their rights.

Tribal impacts on managing resources, hatcheries, water quality, etc. [7:15-7:30]

Boldt Decision re-recognized Tribal Treaty Rights and clarified it to be 50% of the commercial seafood catch in Washington State.
Retracing Tribal Trade Routes Road Trip [7:30-9:00]
CA-Chumash story of reclaiming traditional acorn flour


Traditional Harvesting as Resource Management..keeps the crops healthy and sustainable


History of Tribal Food Sovereignty Summit [9:50-12:50]
Focuses on Tribe to Tribe interaction, inspiration and partnerships
Sharing best practices and success stories


Organizing with Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance/IAC [12:55-15:05]
Great Lakes Native American Food Summit
Native Chefs, demonstrations of cooking with Traditional ingredients


Mobile Farmer’s Market – Native Food Network [15:05- 17:05]
Reconnecting Transportation and Distribution System across Indian Country
Vision of a National Native Food Network, local/regional trade hubs


[17:08-17:50] Major Opportunities for Tribes in Casino Restaurant Industry
Community Food Programs; School Lunch, Elders, Commodities


Regional Tribally Supported Agriculture (TSA) program
Ready for Online Ordering by Christmas 2015
www.nativefoodnetwork.com to order wild rice, maple syrup, corn, etc.
Offering Traditional food dishes is good for tribal business, and great gifts.
“Its not about the money, its about a way of life”
And generating an income to survive.


[26:30-28:25] Importance of the Stories of the Foods, Reclaiming the Seeds
“Gotta get out and do it”…”we have to be producing more food”
And make it a priority.


[28:25-31:00] What is the role of Policy in these efforts?
Engaging Tribal Leadership: The importance of writing tribal food codes and the role of Tribal departments and Tribal Leaders in setting progressive food policy for community health.
Prioritize Native products on menu and in tribal businesses.
Wild game food codes as a starting point for more comprehensive food codes.


Importance of introducing kids to healthy food at an early age.
Farm to School programs are critical.


Existing Policies on tribal food protection and systems
Navajo Junk Food Tax, anti GMO policies.
Tribal Govern ments need to providing resources to encourage food production among tribal members


How he got into food production during Law School at Wisconsin
Began working for Lance Morgan at Ho Chunk, Inc. “New Urbanist Village”
Must address land issues; which is culture, economic health, and wellness.
Food is the foundation of so many issues.

[37:40-40:35] How he came to work for Intertribal Ag Council

Work takes him all over the country assisting tribal communities.

Links and follow up information:






Dan’s contact/email:

Find him on Facebook at: Dan Cornelius


USDA: Communities Resources, Grants, Insurance, Loans, Facilities, Essential infrastructure

IAC works across 17 different agencies within USDA; each does something different; bringing them together.

FSA – Farm Service Agency (http://www.rd.usda.gov), Commodity Foods Programs, etc.


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