Social hour 5:30 PM | Dinner 6:30 PM
Join Honor the Earth for a benefit dinner with food prepared by The Sioux Chef. This fundraising feast is to celebrate the abundance of Anishinaabe Akiing (or Mother Earth) and support Indigenous movements to protect our land, water, wild rice, and traditional lifeways.
There will be presentations by Winona LaDuke (Executive Director of Honor the Earth) and Sean Sherman (The Sioux Chef)
Performance by the RedBone Singers.
Winona LaDuke is an activist working on issues of sustainable development renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.
As Director of the Honor the Earth, Winona works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities. And in her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non profit organizations in the country, and a leader in the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, she also continues national and international work to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.
Chef Sean Sherman - The Sioux Chef:
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 of 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. In 2014, he opened the business titled, The Sioux Chef as a caterer and food educator to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area. In 2015 in partnership with the Little Earth Community of United Tribes in Minneapolis, he and his business partner Dana Thompson designed and opened the Tatanka Truck, which features pre-contact foods of the Dakota and Minnesota territories. Chef Sean and his vision of modern indigenous foods have been featured in many articles and radio shows, along with dinners at the James Beard Foundation in Milan and also Slow Foods Indigenous Terra Madre in India. The Sioux Chef team continues with their mission statement to help educate and make indigenous foods more accessible to as many communities as possible.
RedBone Singers are Pow-Wow singers from all the Nations in the Twin Cities. They travel to contest Pow-wows across the nation to compete. They're rooted in theTwin Cities, and strongly rooted in this way of life.