Spotlighting two Native students who received national distinctions from the Udall Foundation. Gabrial Canfield '21 is one of the 55 Udall scholars this year noted for her devotion to Native Alaskan issues and the environment, and Hailee Brown '20 received an honorable mention from the Udall foundation for her work in her home community of the Navajo Nation.
Shelbi Fitzpatrick '19 says her interest in foods that are locally raised or grown according to culturally appropriate norms dates back to her childhood on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northern Montana.“My dad is a rancher, so I’ve grown up learning about and understanding food systems and specifically how they relate to indigenous people,” she says. From that experience, I was chosen to attend different kinds of food conferences, which led me to a group that advocates in Washington, D.C., for Indian farmers and ranchers. I‘ve taken some leadership roles, educating youth about how they can become more food sovereign in their communities.”
As part of Dartmouth’s celebration of its 250th year, Foodways in Indigenous Communities centers Indigenous practices and knowledges as they have existed and continue to exist today. Participants will learn of the ways in which tribal nations and Indigenous communities are becoming food sovereign through various initiatives, including some by Dartmouth students and alumni themselves.