The Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA) is requesting applications for our Food & Culinary Mentorship Program’s first phase launching Spring 2018. Applications are due at 5:00pm pacific time on Friday, April 13, 2018.
This initial phase is seeking food & culinary mentee applicants who will receive travel support and a $300 honorarium to participate in the 2018 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit from May 9-13 at the Meskwaki Nation in Tama, Iowa where mentees will be able to connect and work with experienced Native chefs including Sean Sherman, Loretta Barrett Oden, Claudia Serrato, Marlene Aguilar, Ben Jacobs, Brian Yazzie, and many more top and rising talents. This event is also featuring many Meskwaki and other community chefs, as well as seed keepers, traditional artists, and others actively engaged in the Indigenous foods movement.
Successful applicants will also be invited to participate in monthly mentorship online meetings and will receive $500 in seed money to host an event or program in your home community. Since this is the first phase of NAFSA’s Mentorship Program, we do anticipate additional future opportunities and welcome input on the program’s growth and evolution.
This year’s Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit will be hosted by the Meskwaki Nation in partnership with the Intertribal Agriculture Council and Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance in Tama, Iowa from May 9-13. There will also be a concurrent regional youth summit.