Native American Programs Coordinator
Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute
Megan Forcia recently received her Bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she minored in Environment and Sustainability studies and spent summers working on the Sustainable Agriculture Project Student Farm. Her intertwining passions for sustainability, tribal sovereignty, and cultural revitalization led her to the concept of Food Sovereignty and the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC), where she spent 2 years volunteering as a Youth Leader. In late 2017, through the support of the IAC, Megan and eleven other young leaders from across Indian Country came together to form the Native Youth Food Sovereignty Alliance (NYFSA). NYFSA is a national movement that serves to educate and empower indigenous youth to be agricultural innovators for generations to come.
Megan’s involvement with HFHL began in 2016 when she attended the First Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition hosted by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community as part of their Seeds of Native Health campaign. After volunteering at the second conference in 2017 she began an internship with HFHL that included serving on the 2018 conference planning committee. Upon graduation, Megan was offered a position as the Native American Program Coordinator – a brand new position within HFHL designed to increase support for Native American students interested in careers in food, agriculture, and community health.