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Native Farm to School Webinar Season 2

Webinar 1: Cultivating Cultural and Medicinal Harvest Camps: October 14, 2021

Lisa and Arlo Iron Cloud

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 12 pm MT

Having toured the upper Great Plains hosting cultural and medicinal harvest camps throughout summer 2021, Lisa and Arlo Iron Cloud have created a hands-on opportunity with various communities and community members to reconnect to lands, culture, history and traditional foods. In this new webinar, Lisa and Arlo will share their experiences of the summer and talk about the importance of harvest camps for Indigenous communities. 

About the Facilitator 

Nick Hernandez is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and a citizen of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Nick is the father of two boys, Alee Jax and Kai Tyndall Hernandez, and significant partner to Liz Welch. Nick earned a master’s degree in Lakota Leadership and Organizational Management from Oglala Lakota College (2019). Nick founded and is the president of Makoce Agriculture Development, a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on Indigenous agriculture and food systems development on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

About the Iron Cloud Family  

Lisa and Arlo Iron Cloud have been married for 10 years and share their relationship and home with their children (Leroy, Sebastian, Azure and Arlo Jr.) They are tribal descendants of the Oglala Lakota Oyate and members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and they reside in Rapid City, South Dakota. Arlo is a DJ and production developer for the KILI Radio station on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and Lisa is a dedicated mother, educator, and lifelong learner of Indigenous and Lakota culture, history, and foods.

For the last five years Lisa and Arlo have been on the journey to understand Lakota culture, philosophy, and traditional foods through hands-on experiences. They have made this a family journey and continue a path to create relationships with elders, historians, educators, foodies, families, and younger generations eager to learn and reconnect to the cultural properties of being an Indigenous person in a western world.  

 

Webinar 2: Tribal Food Sovereignty and Developing a Native Farm to School Program, October 28, 2021

October 28, 2021, 12 pm MT

This webinar will cover the history and movement of food sovereignty and how it relates to Indigenous communities today. Speaker Nicole Benally will share her experience as well as current research on tribal food sovereignty and provide guidance on building a relationship with surrounding local land-grant colleges and universities.  

About the Facilitators 

Richard Elm-Hill is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. As a program officer for First Nations, he supports the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative by providing technical support, training and advocacy to Native communities. Prior to joining First Nations, Richard was an Operations Analyst in the Internal Services Division for the Oneida Nation. There he supported the strategy and alignment for programs nested in technology, media and food systems. He established the Oneida Emergency Food Pantry, assisted in grants projects to develop and market new food products, and evolved the aquaponics farm-to-school program. Richard Elm-Hill holds a graduate degree in Applied Teaching and Learning from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he studied learning communities, oral tradition and mindfulness. 

Leiloni Begaye is a Diné womxn from Dinétah, the homelands of the Diné people, an Indigenous womxn who is a farmer and rancher. As a program officer for First Nations, she supports the Nourishing Native Foods & Health and Stewarding Native Lands program. Prior to joining First Nations, Leiloni worked as the New Mexico State Lead for FoodCorps, where she supported Farm to School initiatives, mentored 10 local FoodCorps service members, developed and implemented a state strategy through an Indigenous and K’e (relationship-centered) lens. She was a school garden coordinator with La Semilla Food Center in the Paseo Del Norte Region and an interpretative & education ranger and field paleontologist at White Sands National Monument. Leiloni has a background in natural resources from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, and agriculture with an emphasis in rangeland management from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico. 

About the Presenter 

Nicole Benally

Nicole Benally is a Native Farm to School consultant for First Nations Development Institute. She is also a Ph.D. student in the Forestry and Conservation Program at the University of Montana, where she is also recognized as a National Science Foundation Food-Energy-Water Nexus Graduate Trainee, Gates Millennium Scholar, and Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership Scholar. Through her graduate program, she is increasing her knowledge of social and political sciences as they relate to conservation and tribal food sovereignty. Prior to beginning her Ph.D. program, Nicole served as NMSU Tribal Agriculture and 4-H Extension Agent for the Eastern Navajo Nation. In 2018, Nicole received her M.S. in Agronomy from Purdue University, with thesis work focused on soil health and cover crop use in Indiana. In 2016, she received her B.S. in Agriculture, majoring in Soil Science from New Mexico State University. Nicole was born and raised in Ganado, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. She is Black Streak Wood, born for the Coyote Pass Clan, and her grandparents are from the Bitter Water and Red Running Into Water Clans. Her interests include reconnecting natural and technical resources, such as agriculture and wildlife, to contemporary lifestyles of tribal communities in an effort to preserve their culture, food, language, and ecological knowledge. Nicole is constantly inspired by her partner and their daughter and son. In her free time, she enjoys mentoring other native scholars, binge-watching DIY videos, and painting with her family. 

Webinar 3: Cooking Demo: Sweet and Hearty Wild Rice Pilaf: November 18, 2021

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November 18, 2021, 12 pm MT

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In this special cooking demonstration webinar, Speaker Mariah Gladstone will dive into the history of Indigenous foods and how they tell the story of resilience and survival, sharing how to make — and how to engage Native students in making — a meal that is perfect for the harvest season: a sweet and hearty cranberry apple pecan wild rice pilaf. 

About the Presenter 

Mariah Gladstone

Mariah Gladstone (Blackfeet, Cherokee) grew up in Northwest Montana. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Environmental Engineering and returned home where she developed Indigikitchen, an online tool for reteaching information about Indigenous foods. Mariah has been recognized as a “Champion for Change” through the Center for Native American Youth, a “Culture of Health Leader” through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and an MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellow. She serves on the board of the FAST (Food Access and Sustainability Team) Blackfeet. 

About the Facilitator

Nicole Benally

Nicole Benally is a Native Farm to School consultant for First Nations Development Institute. She is also a Ph.D. student in the Forestry and Conservation Program at the University of Montana, where she is also recognized as a National Science Foundation Food-Energy-Water Nexus Graduate Trainee, Gates Millennium Scholar, and Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership Scholar. Through her graduate program, she is increasing her knowledge of social and political sciences as they relate to conservation and tribal food sovereignty. Prior to beginning her Ph.D. program, Nicole served as NMSU Tribal Agriculture and 4-H Extension Agent for the Eastern Navajo Nation. In 2018, Nicole received her M.S. in Agronomy from Purdue University, with thesis work focused on soil health and cover crop use in Indiana. In 2016, she received her B.S. in Agriculture, majoring in Soil Science from New Mexico State University. Nicole was born and raised in Ganado, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. She is Black Streak Wood, born for the Coyote Pass Clan, and her grandparents are from the Bitter Water and Red Running Into Water Clans. Her interests include reconnecting natural and technical resources, such as agriculture and wildlife, to contemporary lifestyles of tribal communities in an effort to preserve their culture, food, language, and ecological knowledge. Nicole is constantly inspired by her partner and their daughter and son. In her free time, she enjoys mentoring other native scholars, binge-watching DIY videos, and painting with her family.  

Webinar 4: Lakota Food Sovereignty Education Curriculum: December 8, 2021

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December 8, 2021, 12 pm MT

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In this fourth installment, Makoce Agriculture Development Founder and President Nick Hernandez will discuss the importance of developing our own Indigenous local food education curricula and the value it will have for the generations of today and the next seven generations of local food system educatorsproducers, and stewardsNick will talk about the curriculum he produced and the role it has played in understanding Indigenous foods and building a local food system.   

About the Presenter 

Nick Hernandez is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and a citizen of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Nick is the father of two boys, Alee Jax and Kai Tyndall Hernandez, and a significant partner to Liz Welch. Nick earned a master’s degree in Lakota Leadership and Organizational Management from Oglala Lakota College in 2019. Nick founded Makoce Agriculture Development, a 501c3 non-profit, which is the next level of local Indigenous agriculture and food systems development on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Nick is passionate about and dedicated to creating viable change for his community through a self-determined, Indigenous-led reconnective local food system, designed to regenerate healthy equitable communities, economies, and our environment for many generations to come. 

About the Facilitators 

Leiloni Begaye is a Diné womxn from Dinétah, the homelands of the Diné people, an Indigenous womxn who is a farmer and rancher. Leiloni is a First Nations, Program Officer based in the Albuquerque field office. Prior to joining First Nations, Leiloni worked as the New Mexico State Lead for FoodCorps, where she supported Farm to School initiatives. Leiloni has a background in natural resources from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, and agriculture with an emphasis in rangeland management from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico. 

Richard Elm-Hill is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. As a program officer for First Nations, he supports the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative by providing technical support, training and advocacy to Native communities. Prior to joining First Nations, Richard was an Operations Analyst in the Internal Services Division for the Oneida Nation. There he supported the strategy and alignment for programs nested in technology, media and food systems. He established the Oneida Emergency Food Pantry, assisted in grants projects to develop and market new food products, and evolved the aquaponics farm-to-school program. Richard Elm-Hill holds a graduate degree in Applied Teaching and Learning from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he studied learning communities, oral tradition and mindfulness. 

Webinar 5: Red Cloud Farm to School Education and Production Farm: December 16, 2021

Presentation Materials:

December 16, 2021, 12 pm MT

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Red Cloud Indian School is a historical Indian boarding school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that is helping lead the way in how we incorporate local foods through its Farm to School Initiative and Education and Production Farm. In this webinar, program director Katie Chustak will discuss how this work is regenerating the local food system for the Red Cloud campus, student body, and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

About the Presenters 

Katie Chustak is the director of Food Sovereignty at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where she has been developing a Farm to School Initiative and has been active in the local food sovereignty movement over the last four years. She studied Sustainable Food and Farming Systems with a minor in Horticulture at Purdue University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health, concentrating in Food Systems, at Johns Hopkins. She is passionate about culturally sustaining foods and environmental sustainability. 

Nick Hernandez is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and a citizen of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Nick is the father of two boys, Alee Jax and Kai Tyndall Hernandez, and a significant partner to Liz Welch. Nick earned a master’s degree in Lakota Leadership and Organizational Management from Oglala Lakota College in 2019. Nick founded Makoce Agriculture Development, a 501c3 non-profit, which is the next level of local Indigenous agriculture and food systems development on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Nick is passionate about and dedicated to creating viable change for his community through a self-determined, Indigenous-led reconnective local food system, designed to regenerate healthy equitable communities, economies, and our environment for many generations to come. 

About the Facilitators 

Leiloni Begaye is a Diné womxn from Dinétah, the homelands of the Diné people, an Indigenous womxn who is a farmer and rancher. Leiloni is a First Nations, Program Officer based in the Albuquerque field office. Prior to joining First Nations, Leiloni worked as the New Mexico State Lead for FoodCorps, where she supported Farm to School initiatives. Leiloni has a background in natural resources from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, and agriculture with an emphasis in rangeland management from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico. 

Richard Elm-Hill is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. As a program officer for First Nations, he supports the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative by providing technical support, training and advocacy to Native communities. Prior to joining First Nations, Richard was an Operations Analyst in the Internal Services Division for the Oneida Nation. There he supported the strategy and alignment for programs nested in technology, media and food systems. He established the Oneida Emergency Food Pantry, assisted in grants projects to develop and market new food products, and evolved the aquaponics farm-to-school program. Richard Elm-Hill holds a graduate degree in Applied Teaching and Learning from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he studied learning communities, oral tradition and mindfulness. 

Webinar 6, January 20, 2022

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