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Session Title

1100: Preserving, restoring, and honoring Indigenous ways in agriculture: Directions and implications in higher education

Session Times

Tuesday, May 28: 8:30-11:30 a.m.and 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29: 8:30-11:30 a.m.


This session should particularly benefit people who serve self-identified Indigenous students in higher education, regardless of tribal enrollment. Intergenerational healing and wisdom can be linked to the rich stories and traditions experienced in agriculture. In this pre-conference institute, explore how agricultural opportunities in higher education provide native students a sense of belonging, purpose, and cultural centeredness as they emerge as leaders in the community. The pre-conference institute invites participants to embrace their five senses as they share and discover the importance of agriculture, especially in regard to food sovereignty and as a gatekeeper to cultural knowledge.


Janie Hipp, JD, LLM, Executive Director, the Native American Agriculture Fund

Judy Blue Horse Skelton, Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies, Portland State University

Nora Frank-Buckner, MPH, Project Coordinator, WEAVE -NW, Northwest Portland Indian Health Board

Keir K. Johnson, Technical Assistance Specialist, Pacific Region Department Intertribal Agriculture Council

Browning Michael Neddeau, EdD, Assistant Professor of Education, Liberal Studies Department, California State University, Monterey Bay