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The Pathway to Healing

March 3-6th 2016

Maplelag Resort Callaway, MN

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Registration of Event AND Hotel will be through us for only Thurs, Fri and Sat night.

Printable form for paying with Checks: RegistrationForm-IFC-2016 


Article on the 12th Indigenous Farming Conference.

Featured Presenters

 Carolyn Raffensperger is a lawyer who seeks justice for future generations.  She is the executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network and co-founder of the Women’s Congress for Future Generations.

Diane Wilson: Diane Wilson is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Reservation and the Executive Co-Director for Dream of Wild Health, a non-profit farm in Hugo, MN, that reconnects Native people with indigenous foods and medicines. Wilson has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and over 20 years working as senior management in various local nonprofit organizations.  Wilson is the author of two award-winning books that explore issues of assimilation, historical trauma, and cultural recovery:Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past; and Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life. As a 2013 Bush Foundation Fellow, Wilson focused on indigenous seed preservation. Wilson is also a Master Gardener and a founding member of the Indigenous Seed Keepers Alliance.

Rowen White is a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for seed sovereignty. She is the director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed cooperative focusing on local seed production and education, based in Nevada City CA. She teaches creative seed training immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs. Follow her seed journeys at

Sean Sherman: Chef Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, born in Pine Ridge, SD, has been cooking in MN, SD & MT for the last 27 years.  In the last few years, his main culinary focus has been on the revitalizing indigenous foods systems in a modern culinary context.  Sean has studied on his own extensively to determine the foundations of these food systems which include the knowledge of Native American farming techniques, wild food usage and harvesting, land stewardship, salt and sugar making, hunting and fishing, food preservation, Native American migrational histories, elemental cooking techniques, and Native culture and history in general to gain a full understanding of bringing back a sense of Native American cuisine to today’s world.

Tezozomoc is a community leader in South Central Los Angeles, as well as among agricultural workers displaced by modernization. He was a leader in the fight to save “The Garden”, the largest urban farm in the country. Following the bulldozing of The Garden, Tezozomoc organized a nonprofit organization (South Central Farmers Health and Education Fund) devoted to cooperative development for low-income, immigrant and refugee farmers. Tezozomoc is a member of the board of Acequia Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving biodiversity by saving indigenous plants and seeds, and a member of The Corn Collaborative, which organizes indigenous people around the sacred plant, Zea Mays.  Tezozomoc is fond of saying, “In the politics of impossibility, sometimes you win by losing. . .We won by losing, and we continue to win, planting hope along the way.”

Group Discussions -

Many times when attending a conference, participants wish to chat with like-minded people about a subject that is important to them. This will be going on throughout the conference. Two group discussions that are already in the works: Hannah Smith, and Shirley Nordrum’s discussion group and Tribal College Vistas discussion group

*There will be a sheet to facilitate your own discussion in the lounge area. Feel free to write you ideas for a discussion with a meeting place.

Later Event: March 29
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