Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

SEPTEMBER 18-20, 2017

Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel | Prior Lake, MN

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 8:00am to Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

2017 Native Nutrition Conference


Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition – Sept. 18-20, 2017 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Join us for this annual conference that brings together tribal officials, researchers, practitioners, and others to discuss the current state of Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge about Native nutrition and food science, and identify new areas of work.

Topic areas include:

  • Decolonizing food and nutrition sciences
  • Sustainable development for Indigenous food systems
  • Indigenous evaluation frameworks
  • Successfully translating research into practice

The conference will also include skill-building workshops for researchers and practitioners on topics such as:

  • How to document the traditional food system in your community
  • What is research and why do we need it?
  • Human subject protection in research
  • Working with vulnerable populations from infancy through old age
  • Practical program and research evaluation methods
  • Best practices in creating appropriate nutrition education materials and sharing of materials

Note: A reception will be held the evening of September 17 for those who are traveling to the conference.

Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

September 18-20, 2017

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Prior Lake, Minnesota

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The First Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition was a milestone event in the growing movement to restore Native American health by reclaiming traditional diets and foodways and increasing access to nutritious food.

The conference was a collaboration between the Shakopee Mdewakaton Sioux Community and the University of Minnesota. It was organized by a planning committee of Native and non-Native scholars and practitioners led by the University’s Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute. See Conference press release.

The conference brought together more than 450 Native leaders, academics, and public health workers to collaborate and integrate traditional, Indigenous knowledge and Western, scientific research in order to combat the significant dietary factors contributing to profound Native health disparities.

The sold-out conference featured more than 30 world-renowned Indigenous nutrition experts and included participants from 32 states, five countries, and dozens of tribes. The conference proceedings will be published in 2017. We invite you to view the conference program:


Report coverWe are pleased to provide a report describing the results and experiences from the First Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition --a groundbreaking event which created a space for people to have significant conversations about the important work, challenging questions, and pressing needs related to food, health and culture in Indian Country. We hope that this work and the recommendations that resulted will further the movement towards improving nutrition in Indian Country. (Click here to download report.)