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Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Health Symposium - Day 1
This conference will orient researchers and public health practitioners to Indigenous food sovereignty, its value in facilitating health in Indigenous communities, and ways to connect food sovereignty initiatives with health data in your communities!

Audience: academic researchers, students, public health practitioners, tribal health date workers, tribal leadership, food and agriculture practitioners, community members, and anyone interested in the Indigenous food sovereignty movement.

Day one: Learn how Indigenous food sovereignty supports health in Native communities, with real world case studies presented by leaders from the National Congress of American Indians and community members on the ground implementing these initiatives. You’ll also be provided with information on funding resources and strategies.

For more information on speakers and the full program agenda visit https://indigenoushealth.com/events/

REGISTER FOR DAY 2: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B2DYuhQ6Twm9Do0fR_YlhQ

Feb 16, 2022 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Rana LaPine
Rana LaPine (Mohawk) is a program officer with First Nations Development Institute, where she supports the work of the Nourishing Native Foods and Health Initiative. She is passionate about community control of food systems, access to traditional first foods, and the rematriation of traditional lands. Rana joined First Nations in 2018 as a Project Coordinator. Previously she worked as Initiative Associate at NoVo Foundation within its Indigenous Communities initiative and, prior to NoVo, she worked as the Program Associate for Cause Effective, where she supported consultants and had the privilege to work with dozens of grassroots organizations as they strengthened their internal capacity to continue fighting for change in New York City.
A-dae Romero-Briones, LL.M., JD
A-dae became Director of Programs – Native Agriculture and Food Systems in 2017, after first joining First Nations as Associate Director of Research and Policy for Native Agriculture. She formerly was the Director of Community Development for Pūlama Lāna‘i in Hawaii, and is also the co-founder and former Executive Director of a nonprofit organization in Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. A-dae worked for the University of Arkansas School of Law Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiative while earning her LL.M. degree in Food and Agricultural Law. She wrote extensively about food safety, the Produce Safety rule and tribes, and the protection of tribal traditional foods. A U.S. Fulbright Scholar, A-dae received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy from Princeton University, and received a Law Doctorate from Arizona State University’s College of Law, in addition to her LL.M. degree in Food and Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas.
Jann Hayman, PhD
Jann Hayman is a citizen of the Osage Nation. She began working with the Osage Nation in 2006 as a Natural Resource Specialist and then was promoted to Director in 2012. During her time with the Osage Nation, she has worked with a multitude of federal and state agencies to implement wildlife, oil and gas, and other environmental and natural resources programs. Recently, Jann has worked extensively on creating food sovereignty initiatives for the Osage Nation. Jann received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education with a minor in Animal Science and a Masters of Agriculture in Agriculture, both from Oklahoma State University. More recently, she also obtained a Doctor of Education from Kansas State University, where her research interests are related to the development and implementation of Native nation agriculture and agricultural education programs. She and her husband Brad “Turnip” have two children and reside in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
Taylor Thompson
Taylor Thompson (they/them) is a two-spirit Cherokee Nation citizen, currently residing on Wiyot ancestral lands in Northern California. In addition to an academic background of a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Taylor has a broad scope of experience in the environmental field, from wildlife rehabilitation to invasive weeds mitigation. Taylor has been serving as the Yurok Tribe Environmental Program (YTEP) Food Sovereignty Division Manager since August 2020 and has been enjoying learning how to best support existing traditional food systems while assisting in the creation of fruit and vegetable growth within the Yurok Indian Reservation and surrounding areas. Outside of work, Taylor can often be found running in the nearby redwood forests, marshlands, and beaches, or on a gentle walk around the neighborhood with their elderly dog, Da-Wo-Li.
Vickie Oldman, MSW
Vickie is a founding and managing partner with Seven Sisters Community Development Group, LLC (www.7sistersconsulting.com), a national community development consulting firm. Vickie specializes in culturally relevant approaches to organizational development. She has over 23 years of expertise in strategic planning, board development, leadership training, team building, asset building and executive coaching to Native and rural communities. She is recognized nationally as a skilled facilitator, trainer, and speaker. Vickie is a certified coach, trainer and facilitator for Emergent Learning, Leadership that Works, Institute of Cultural Affairs’ ToP Strategic Planning and Workshop Methods, True Colors, Nonprofit Management, Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families, and the Grove Team Performance Model.
Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, DrPH
Dr. Jernigan is an Indigenous (Choctaw) community-based participatory researcher focused on intervention science combining research with action for social change. Dr. Jernigan received her doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular prevention at Stanford University, where she also completed a degree in documentary filmmaking. Dr. Jernigan has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on 10 NIH-funded trials focused on food systems and health, including the THRIVE study, the first randomized trial on healthy makeovers in tribally-owned convenience stores, and the FRESH study, a farm-to-school intervention to support healthy food access among Indigenous families. Dr. Jernigan directs the Center for Indigenous Health Research and Policy at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.
Sadie Red Eagle
Sadie is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she double-majored in Government and Native American Studies and minored in Sociology. She has developed passions for advancing tribal governance, exploring the intersectionality of Public Interest and Federal Indian law, and cultivating herself into a better tribal advocate. Sadie currently works as a Policy and Research Specialist at the National Congress of American Indians, focusing on Environmental Protection, Agriculture, Climate Change, and Natural Resources related issues. Sadie is an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians and a descendant of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Fort Belknap Indian Community, Fort Peck Assiniboine, and Carry the Kettle Nakoda First Nation.