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PRE-CONFERENCE INSTITUTE SESSION 1100

Session Title

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

Session Times

Tuesday, May 28: 9:00-11:30 a.m.and 1:30-5:30 p.m.

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

Abstract

The Native Delegates of NCORE’s Pre-Conference Institute particularly benefits people who serve Indigenous students in higher education. Intergenerational healing and wisdom can be linked to the rich stories and traditions experienced in tribal communities. In this Pre-Conference Institute, explore tribal community food systems and the influence of climate change on cultural practices and what this means for Natives in higher education as they emerge as leaders in their communities. Food sovereignty and related topics such as sustainability, treaty rights, and shifts in cultural practices, will guide conversations. The Pre-Conference Institute invites participants to embrace their five senses as they share and discover the importance of tribal community food systems as a gatekeeper to cultural knowledge.

Day One: This session should particularly benefit people who serve Indigenous students in higher education. Intergenerational healing and wisdom can be linked to the rich stories and traditions experienced in agriculture and tribal community food systems. 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.

Day Two: In this workshop, participants explore tribal community food systems with emphasis on food sovereignty, environmental impact on traditional cultural gatherings, and the importance of safeguarding our cultural knowledge. The workshop includes presentations, discussion, reflection, and taste testing. Additionally, participants will gain resources to consider for their ongoing work with Native students in higher education. Presenters will provide samples of traditional foods. Participants discuss Native ways in agriculture in higher education by exploring climate change and its impact on cultural practices. Workshop topics may include: Sustainability, Treaty Rights in Relation to Memos of Understanding with Institutions of Higher Education, Impact on Traditions and Subsistence, Intergenerational Shifts in Practices.

This day and ½ long preconference institute has had a location change. It will be held at the Oregon Convention Center. Participants of this institute will be provided a sponsored lunch on Tuesday, May 28.

Presenters

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