News Release

Native American Community Development Institute

The Indigenous Food Network (IFN), and its partners will be presenting a food demonstration with Chef Derek Nicholas, Red Cliff Band Ojibwe, on Thursday, July 22, at 1 p.m. at the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI)’s Four Sisters Farmers Market. The Indian Health Board will also be providing COVID-19 vaccines and MNSure navigators will be helping people sign up for insurance from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The market is located at 1414 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is open every Thursday in the summer.

President and CEO of Native American Community Development Institute Robert Lilligren shared, “This will be the first in-person cooking demo any of these organizations have had in two years. We are excited about the Indigenous Food Network to be able to come together in-person to share access to local healthy foods and vaccines for our community.”

The Minowiisin - Good Food Cooking Demo is set for July 22 at the Native American Community Development Institute's Four Sisters Farmers Market in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Minowiisin - Good Food Cooking Demo is set for July 22 at the Native American Community Development Institute's Four Sisters Farmers Market in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The mission of the Indigenous Food Network is to rebuild sovereign food systems within the intertribal Native communities through collaboration. This partnership consists of several Native-led organizations located in the Twin Cities area. The work of the Indigenous Food Network builds on the cultural knowledge of community members and uses an intertribal and multigenerational approach.

Dream of Wild Health Executive Director Neely Snyder said, “The Indigenous Food Network is working to reclaim traditional food systems and decolonize our diet in an effort to strengthen health in our communities. We believe that food is medicine and are grateful to our partners for providing the opportunity for the Indigenous Food Network to share this with our community.”

Chef Derek Nicholas is the Nutrition Program Coordinator at the Division of Indian Work and is a citizen of the Red Cliff Band Ojibwe. His work includes food sovereignty and relief, language revitalization, seed saving, food cultivation, and youth engagement. Derek published a book called “Eating with the Seasons, Anishinaabeg, Great Lakes Region'' highlights traditional Anishinaabe foods during each season and features commentary in the Anishinaabemowin language. Nicholas has his BA in Economics and Global Business Management from the University of Minnesota Morris.

Division of Indian Work supports and strengthens urban American Indian people through culturally-based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development. Division of Indian Work has been a key contributor to the Native community for more than 65 years by providing programs such as Youth Leadership Development Program, Strengthening Family Circles, Healing Spirit, and Health Services.

Dream of Wild Health works to restore health and well-being in the Native community by recovering knowledge of and access to healthy Indigenous foods, medicines, and lifeways. The organization has been in the community for over 20 years and is the leading organizer of the Indigenous Food Network. Learn more at www.dreamofwildhealth.org.

Indian Health Board of Minneapolis is your community health care clinic providing access to quality health care and wellness services. We believe the best care happens when we listen and work together.

Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) is founded on the belief that all American Indian people have a place, purpose, and a future strengthened by sustainable community development. Native American Community Development Institute initiates projects that benefit the Native community, often in partnership with other Indigenous-led organizations. Our future is bright due to the resilience and vision of our ancestors. Founded in 2007, Native American Community Development Institute is approaching its second decade with a renewed commitment to the Indigenous values that helped our people persevere despite centuries of hardship.

Learn more about Native American Community Development Institute at nacdi.org.

The Four Sisters Farmers Market is an Indigenous-centered food market focused on both Indigenous and hyper-local foods from Phillips and surrounding neighborhoods. The market is a project of Native American Community Development Institute.

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