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Summit this week aims to teach tribes how to grow, preserve their own food

Oneida Nation of Wisconsin logo
Oneida Nation of Wisconsin logo

ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - The Oneida Indian Tribe is hosting a four-day summit this week to teach Native Americans to grow and preserve their own food.  

About 350 people are taking part in the second annual Native Food Sovereignty Summit in Ashwaubenon.  

Conference organizers say it's important to have self-sufficient food systems for cultural reasons -- and to fight common Native American health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

Ho-Chunk tribal education project manager Woodrow White said tribes used to have very large organic gardens -- and they've gotten away from that. White said he often encourages youth groups to invest in their soil -- and many young people are interested in it.  

In White's words, "Food is medicine -- If It's grown well and wisely, your health is right on."  

For years, the Oneida tribe has run a food production outfit that includes an organic farm, bison herd, cannery, and retail store. The cannery is also a classroom and community kitchen.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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