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Member Education Sessions: Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Event Description

The Indigenous food sovereignty movement has gained momentum among many Tribal communities to regain access to—and control of—their traditional foodways. Indigenous peoples have a rich history of sustainable food production and hunting and gathering practices. However, these practices have been disrupted by colonization, land dispossession, and climate change. Loss of traditional foodways and lack of access to healthy foods have also led to food insecurity in many Tribal communities.     Our moderator, Stephine “Steph” Poston, M.A. (Pueblo of Sandia), and Indigenous community leaders Whitney Sawney (Cherokee Nation) and Natalie Benally (Diné) discuss how philanthropy can best support Indigenous peoples’ efforts to preserve and strengthen traditional food systems while also learning more about the issues, concerns, and strategies impacting food security in Indigenous communities. 

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About Our Speakers


Whitney Sawney (Cherokee Nation) (she/her)

Director of Communications and Policy, Native American Agriculture Fund

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Natalie Benally (Diné) (she/her)

Co-Founder & Creative Director of Tse’Nato’ and Executive Producer of the documentary Indigenize the Plate

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Stephine "Steph" Poston, M.A. (Pueblo of Sandia) (she/her)

President & CEO, Poston & Associates, LLC

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