16th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference
Click the link above for the agenda for the 16th Annual Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference which took place March 2019.
The theme was, Aanji-bimaajitoon Gidibaajimowininaan Revitalizing Our Story
Keynote and Featured Presenters
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin a native Guatemalan began working on economic development projects with indigenous communities in 1988. Served as a consultant for the UNDP’s Bureau for Latin American and as an advisor to the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. Migrated to the US in 1992, a founding member of the Fair-Trade Federation in 1994, Director of the Fair Trade Program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy from 1995 to 1998, led the creation and launch of Peace Coffee, a fair-trade coffee company and a multitude of innercity new immigrant enterprise efforts in Minnesota. He is the Systems and Strategy Office at Main Street Project, Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Regeneration Farms LLC, and TreeRange (trademarked) Chicken, and author of “In the Shadow of Green Man”, my journey from poverty and hunger to food security and hope.
Valerie Segrest is a native nutrition educator who specializes in local and traditional foods. As an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, she serves her community as the coordinator of the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project and also works for the Northwest Indian College’s Traditional Plants Program as a nutrition educator. Valerie received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University in 2009 and a Masters Degree in Environment and Community from Antioch University. She is a past Food and Community Fellow for the Institute of Agriculture and Food Trade Policy. Valerie inspires and enlightens others about the importance of a nutrient-dense diet through a simple, common sense approach to eating.
Sean Sherman Oglala Lakota, born in Pine Ridge, SD, has been cooking across the US and World for the last 30 years. His main culinary focus has been on the revitalization and awareness of indigenous foods systems in a modern culinary context. Sean has studied on his own extensively to determine the foundations of these food systems which include the knowledge of Native American farming techniques, wild food usage and harvesting, land stewardship, salt and sugar making, hunting and fishing, food preservation, Native American migrational histories, elemental cooking techniques, and Native culture and history in general to gain a full understanding of bringing back a sense of Native American cuisine to today’s world.
Dr. Martin Reinhardt is an Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan. He is a tenured professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University, and serves as the president of the Michigan Indian Education Council. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University, where his doctoral research focused on Indian education and the law with a special focus on treaty educational provisions. Martin has previously served as: the primary investigator for the Decolonizing Diet Project; Chair of the American Association for Higher Education American Indian/Alaska Native Caucus; Co-Primary Investigator for the Michigan Rural Systemic Initiative; and as an external advisor for the National Indian School Board Association. He also holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Sociology.
Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party. She is the Executive Director of Honor the Earth and founded Winona’s Hemp and Heritage Farm. She is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, and a leader in the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, she also continues national and international work to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.
Kevin Finney is an enthusiastic educator of indigenous science and technology, foraging of wild foods, maple syrup, birch bark artwork and crafting!
JoDan Rousu is the founder and Chief Operations Officer of Ogema Organics. He is a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and resident of the White Earth Reservation. He is the youngest of six siblings and was raised off of the land. From an early age, values of sustainable resource management have been instilled through seasons of traditional harvests: maple sugar production, wild rice harvests, fishing and trapping.