2017 Food Sovereignty Summit

Green Bay, Wisconsin
Monday, October 02, 2017

Experiential Learning Field Sessions

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 & Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Depart Oneida Radisson Hotel at 1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required to attend field sessions.


SOLD OUT - Experiential Learning 1: 
Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm: Managed Grazing - Every year North Americans waste more than 18 million tons of protein by feeding livestock on grain. A steer, you see, must eat 21 pounds of grain protein in order to produce one pound of beef protein… so 20 pounds of the valuable nutrient is lost in the process. In this experiential learning session, you will learn how to get started with a grazing plan, including pasture size and layout, fencing and watering systems, and how to outwinter cattle in the inclement weather of Wisconsin. The session will cover the various types of cattle in this region and their temperaments; how to create paddocks/pastures; when and how to move the animals to new pasture; what feeds to supplement in winter; and a tracking system for your herd. During this experiential learning session at the organic farm, you will also see the production of traditional white corn, poultry and the chicken-processing facility.  
Location: Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm, Oneida Nation

SOLD OUT - Experiential Learning 2:  Aquaponics - Aquaponics is the perfect synergy of growth and consumption, and is arguably at the center of sustainable agriculture practices.  Raising fish and plants in a recirculating system, year round, is a good approach for those with limited agricultural lands and/or inclement weather conditions. This experiential learning session will discuss the establishment of an aquaponics food-production system that is capable of annually producing 860 pounds of fish and 6,900 to 11,500 heads of greens (or other vegetables) to supply fresh produce year round. It’s another source for increasing your community food production. In addition to the introductory knowledge of aquaponics systems, the socio-economics and marketing strategies for community engagement will be discussed. The aquaponics food system is another visible anchor to promote food safety and security, and to endorse the principle of “know your farmer, know your food.” 
Location: Veterans Building, Oneida Nation

SOLD OUT - Experiential Learning 3:  Environmental Restoration: "Trout Creek Headwater Tributary Restoration – Historically,  agricultural practices in this area did not take into account the ecological function of streams and wetlands. Clearing the forested corridors and natural vegetation along streams, plus ditching and tiling in order to farm in wet areas, resulted in degraded conditions in streams like Trout Creek. Environmental restoration involves many different approaches and technologies depending on the requirements of the situation. The rationale behind the steps taken to restore this reach of Trout Creek will be explored in this session. The ‘‘Trout Creek Headwater Tributary Restoration” project was completed in 2013. In the project, 56 acres of buffers were created, 8.7 acres of associated wetlands were restored, approximately 3,700 feet of stream was re-meandered, and 23,930 trees and 6,035 shrubs were planted.
Location: This stream reach is between Olson Road and County U, south of Reformatory Road and North of Trout Creek Road, Oneida Nation

SOLD OUT - Experiential Learning 4:  
Apple Production, Processing and Outreach -- This experiential learning session exposes you to agricultural practices as well as distribution approaches and an agri-tourism event to connect to your consumers and community with fun activities. Participants will learn the various aspects of developing and managing an apple orchard, from the selection of trees for planting, to caring for it, to pest management. After harvesting, the distribution channel is a key component for revenue. You will be exposed to the nuts and bolts of local distribution, pricing and tracking; and a mechanism for community engagement, including approaches to develop a “pick-your-own” model and an agri-tourism event – the Apple Fest.
Location: Apple Orchard, Oneida Nation

SOLD OUT - Experiential Learning 1:  Husking Bee: Participants will experience what happens during Oneida's annual Husking Bee. The community and youth come to help with the traditional ways of harvesting. We will discuss the white heirloom corn, from planting to harvesting, and participate in the process of harvesting the corn directly from the fields, braiding it to dry, and our seed saving techniques. You will learn, like our youth, about our culture while making a corn-husk doll and share your experiences with others. The intent for the Husking Bee is to preserve tradition and share knowledge about our White Heirloom Corn.

SOLD OUT - Experiential Learning 2:  Oneida Market and One-Stop Tour: This experiential learning session will take you to two locations to see the Oneida One-Stop, and the Oneida Market. First, we will discuss the physical aspects of a C-Store (Convenience Store), and the various elements to consider when designing the space: retail floor space, back room, storage space, visibility to the gasoline pumps, accessibility, and the point of sales/technology support systems. During the second stop, you will see the Oneida Market, which carries both local products as well as products from various tribal producers. You will see how we have displayed all our Oneida-made products and the products from other Native communities. You will see how record keeping, managerial staff and quality products play into the success of a business.
Location: Oneida One-Stop and Oneida Market, Oneida Nation

SOLD OUT - Experiential Learning 3:  Oneida Farm and Buffalo Lookout: Join us at the Oneida Farm and Buffalo Overlook to see two interrelated components to our agricultural system. Established in 1978 with 150 acres of land, Oneida Farms now has 6,000 acres. You will learn a cash crop operation and the various aspects of commercial farming. Our original buffalo herd of 13 was established in 1996 through an Intertribal Bison Cooperative Grant. Today, the buffalo herd is approximately 150 head. In 2003, the Environmental Health and Safety Division helped to construct the Oneida Buffalo Observation which gives locals and visitors an opportunity to view the animals in their beautiful 150 acre pasture.

Experiential Learning 4:  Apple Production, Processing and Outreach -- This experiential learning session exposes you to agricultural practices as well as distribution approaches and an agri-tourism event to connect to your consumers and community with fun activities. Participants will learn the various aspects of developing and managing an apple orchard, from the selection of trees for planting, to caring for it, to pest management. After harvesting, the distribution channel is a key component for revenue. You will be exposed to the nuts and bolts of local distribution, pricing and tracking; and a mechanism for community engagement, including approaches to develop a “pick-your-own” model and an agri-tourism event – the Apple Fest. 
Location: Apple Orchard, Oneida Nation

Pre-Conference Networking – Monday, October 2, 2017

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tour Registration
Tour of Oneida's Integrated Food System departs the Radisson at 1:30 p.m.
Onsite registration only.
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tour of Oneida’s Integrated Food System: agricultural production (Tsyunhehkwa, Aquaponics, Buffalo Lookout, Apple Orchard), processing (Cannery), and outlets (Oneida School, Food Distribution, Oneida Pantry, and Oneida Market)
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Conference Registration

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Introductory Grazing (Welcome Reception) – Meet and Learn from Others

Conference Events – Day One: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

7:00 a.m. Edge of the Woods Ceremony with Tobacco Burning 
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration, Vendors and Exhibits

8:00 a.m.


Day One: 1st General Session

8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Post Flags: Color Guard
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks by Host Tribe: Tehassi Hill, Chairmain, Oneida Nation
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Keynote:
Michael Roberts, President & CEO, First Nations Development Institute
Lori Watso, Seeds of Native Health Chair, Shakopee Mdewankanton Sioux Community

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Day One: Breakout Sessions #1

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Track 1:  Applied Agriculture
Traditional Foods, Plants & Seed Saving
The importance, practice, and benefits of protecting, perpetuating, and maintaining traditional seeds.

Mikala Minn, Mahele Farm (HI)
Porter Swentzell, Permaculture Institute, (NM)
Moderator – Michael Kotutwa Johnson, Hopi Farmer (AZ)

Track 2:  Community Outreach
Community Engagement
Learn about grassroots programs, practices, and techniques to engage your community in food work.

Kauilani Sharon Odom, Kokua Kalihi Valley (HI)

Cornell Magdalena, Jemez Food Sovereignty Program (NM)

Eugene Herrera, Governor, Pueblo of Cochiti (NM)

Moderator – Becky Webster, University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Track 3:  Products to Market
Marketing Products
This track will discuss various approaches to product packaging, branding, and distribution channels.

Stephanie Sauceda, Gila River (AZ)
Jim Etters, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation (CA)

Moderator – Toni House, University of Wisconsin,  Oshkosh (WI)

11:45 a.m.– 1:30 p.m.

Conference Luncheon
Ernest Stevens III, Councilman, Oneida Nation, (WI)

Day One: Experiential Learning Sessions #1

1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pre-registration required

FIELD WORK: Please dress appropriately

SOLD OUT - Track 1:  Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm - Managed Grazing

SOLD OUT - Track 2:  Aquaponics

SOLD OUT - Track 3:  Environmental Restoration - "Trout Creek Headwater Tributary Restoration"

SOLD OUT - Track 4: Apple Production, Processing and Outreach

Day One: Technical Training Sessions #1

1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join like-minded practitioners for an opportunity to share and exchange ideas, with agriculturally specific sessions about management, handling, policies, and marketing/distribution in these fields:
Corn, Rice, Fish, Ranching

Food Assessments
A community food assessment provides insight into your community food system. It assists in identifying who has access to what foods, where the majority of food comes from, community spending on food, and even what kinds of foods the community members would like to have on their tables. In this session, the presenter will share her knowledge and experience in conducting a community food assessment, including the steps in developing a food assessment, the process for conducting a food assessment, how to compile and use the data generated from an assessment to develop plans that empower communities. Attendees will receive a copy of First Nations' Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool.
A-dae Romero-Briones, First Nations Development Institute (CA)
Vicky Karhu, Consultant (NM)

Learn how to identify institutional funders – foundations, corporations, tribes and government grant sources – that might support your organization and programs. The presenter also will cover how to engage funders of all types, developing productive relationships and a successful fundraising process that will lead to sustainability. Learn how to navigate the labyrinth of federal government grantseeking, from determining what grant programs might be appropriate for your organization and programs, to the nuts and bolts of online submission. Strong focus on USDA grants to jumpstart or continue to evolve your agricultural and healthy food strategies and projects. We will cover how to find grant opportunities online, how to create a winning proposal, how to put together a project budget, and the many other additional required forms and attachments.
Marsha Whiting, First Peoples Fund (SD)
Mike Daniels, USDA Rural Development (WI)
Don Miller (WI)
Moderator - Jona Charette, First Nations Development Institute (CO)

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Grazing & Culinary Showcase of Traditional Foods - Featured Native American Chefs

rlie Doxtator, Oneida Nation (WI)
Kay Colbert, Chickasaw Nation (OK)
Frank Haney, Culinary Ethnobotanist/Indigenous Chef (MN)
Rich Francis (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

Conference Events – Day Two: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration, Vendors and Exhibits

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


2nd General Session
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Building Local Food Economies: Making Food Dollars Work for Tribal Communities 
Richard Luarke, Ph.D., Former Governor of Laguna Pueblo

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Day Two: Breakout Sessions #2

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Track 1:  Applied Agriculture
Caring for Our Land 
Communities will share programs that are targeting issues around conservation and land preservation.
Al Friedges, Shakopee Mdwankanton Sioux Community (MN) (Invited)
Mike Arce, Oneida Nation (WI)
Nate Guldan, Forest County Potawatomi (WI)
Cynthia Wilson, Utah Dine Bikeyah (UT)
Moderator - Anne Jennings, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Track 2:  Community Outreach
Farm to Table: Local Food Movement
This session will highlight successful Farm to Table models across Indian Country that promote direct acquisition of local foods from the producers to the table. 
Michael Kotutwa Johnson, Hopi Farmer (AZ) 
Tod Robertson, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma (OK) 
Tony Brown, Bishop Paiute Tribe (CA)
Moderator - Elizabeth Hoover, Brown University (RI)

Track 3:  Products to Market
Value-Added Goods
This session will provide information on opportunities, resources and processes for value-added production.
Kaben Smallwood, Symbiotic Aquaponic (OK)
Shannon McDaniel, Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma (OK)
Cheryse Sana, Ma’o Farms (HI)
Moderator - Judy Knutsen, University of Wisconsin Extension (WI)

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Conference Luncheon
The Future of Agriculture -
Raven Swamp, Miss Indian World (Kahnawake, Canada)
Oneida Nation Princess (WI)
Kristy Krenke, NWTC (WI)
Lois Stevens, University of Kansas (KS)
Savannah Charette, Johnson and Wales University (CO)
Andrew Steinfeldt (WI) 

Seed Sharing - Feel free to share any of your traditional seeds or treasures to exchange with others.

Day Two: Experiential Learning Sessions #2

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pre-registration required

FIELD WORK: Please dress appropriately

SOLD OUT - Track 1: Husking Bee

SOLD OUT - Track 2: Oneida Market and One-Stop Tour

SOLD OUT - Track 3: Oneida Farm and Buffalo Lookout

Track 4: Apple Production, Processing and Outreach

Day Two: Technical Training Sessions #2

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Conservation Tools
Reacquiring Ancestral Lands:  Techniques to increase your success
You will gain practical experience on how land acquisitions are completed through an overview of each step, working in teams to examine basic documents used, identify common problems and hearing the experience of tribal members who have successfully acquired land. There will also be an opportunity to brain storm on your challenges with land acquisition.
Peg A. Kohring, Conservation Fund (MI)
Phoebe Suina, Pueblo of Cochiti (NM)
Eugene Herrera, Pueblo of Cochiti (NM)

Food Handling & Inspection
Participants will learn the history of the application process that the Oneida Nation has used to implement and regulate their own Food Service Code. Attendees will learn the legal processes the Nation had to navigate to adopt a Tribal Food Service Code; the process of training, licensing, and inspecting food service vendors and community events;  and the jurisdictional issues that are faced with bordering and overlapping municipalities.
Vanessa Williams, Oneida Nation (WI)
Jennifer Falk, Oneida Legislative Operating Committee (WI)
Jeff Mears, Oneida Nation (WI)

Agricultural and Food Strategy Development
Understanding your business model and the impact you wish to achieve is important to developing a successful agri-business. In this session, attendees will learn first-hand how the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians have developed a sustainable business model for their agri-businesses. They will share best practices for engaging partners and community members, evaluating success and identifying the impact of their businesses in the community. Upon completion of the session, attendees will have identified first steps and strategies for developing their agri-business plans. 
Joanie Buckley, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin (WI)
John Hendrix, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MS)
Moderator – Raymond Foxworth, First Nations Development Institute (CO)

3rd General Session

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Oneida Social Dinner

Conference Events – Day Three: Thursday, October 5, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Vendors and Exhibits

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


Day Three: Breakout Sessions #3

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Track 1:  Applied Agriculture
Animal based models: from chickens and pigs, to buffalo and reindeer.
Kevin Aspaas, Dine Be Iina (NM)
Eliseo Curley, Dine Be Iina (NM)
Adrienne Christensen, Native Village of Port Heiden (AK)
Moderator - Adam Abel, USDA NRCS (WI)

Track 2:  Community Outreach
Learning from Our Elders
Presentations about healthy food projects for community elders.

Raynell Miller, Walker River Paiute (NV)
Wendy Burdette, Muckleshoot Senior Center, (WA)

Abaki Beck, Saokio Heritage Center (MN)

Stuart Gachupin, Pueblo of Jemez (NM)
Moderator – Carnell Chosa, Santa Fe Leadership Institute (NM)

Track 3:  Products to Market
Distribution Channels
This session explores scale, creativity, and mobilization of distribution channels to reach the end user.
Spring Alaska Olson, Central Oregon Seed Exchange (OR)
Jay Thompson, Yakama Nation (OR)
Kay Colbert, Bedre Fine Chocolate (OK) (Invited)
Moderator – Jackie Francke, First Nations Development Institute, (CO)

10:45 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

4th General Session

11:00 p.m.  – 12:00 p.m.

Farm Bill Implications in Native Communities 
Impact on Native producers.
Janie Hipp, University of Arkansas (AR)
Brian Cladoosby, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (WA) (Invited)
Barry Hamilton, USDA National Tribal Relations Liaison Officer (DC)
Patrick Pelky, Oneida Nation (WI)
Angela Biggs, USDA-NRCS State Representative (WI) 

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks: Tehassi Hill, Chairman, Oneida Nation
Traveling Prayer


Contact Information

  • Radisson Hotel: 920-494-7300
    First Nations: 303-774-7836

Payment Instructions

  • Registration Rates:


    • $85.00 - Full Conference
    Food Producers:
    • $105.00 - 1 Day
    • $175.00 - Full Conference
    Non-Food Producers:
    • $155.00 - 1 Day
    • $275.00 - Full Conference
    You may register for one day or for the entire conference. Payments accepted by credit card or check.

    For Payments by Check:

    After registration, please mail your payment with a copy of the invoice to:

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