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Pequot Museum Hosts First Intertribal Food Sovereignty Summit

 Aug. 20-23: Pequot Museum Hosts First Intertribal Food Sovereignty Summit


 Representatives from 40 Tribes, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and Food Sovereignty Experts

Meet to Improve and Expand Native American Food Independence  



MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Aug. 14, 2018 – The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center announced today it will host the inaugural Intertribal Food Sovereignty Summit from Aug. 20-23, 2018. This groundbreaking event is produced in conjunction with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Narragansett Indian Tribe, Narragansett Food Sovereignty InitiativeIntertribal Agriculture Council and Natural Resources Conservation Service.


Led by tribal, U.S. government and food sovereignty thought leaders, attendees of the three-day summit will visit indigenous food landscapes from forest to farm to ocean. On- and offsite sessions will cover vital topics such as forming tribal farm enterprises, cultivating seed banks, managing aquaponics and fish hatcheries, utilizing wild medicinals, improving tribal lands through conservation partnerships and more.


“This event is for anyone who values Native food sovereignty,” said Cliff Sebastian IV, Pequot Museum marketing director and Mashantucket Pequot tribal member. “Whether you grow, gather, cook or sell indigenous foods, or you work in forest, waterway, air, soil or plant conservation, this summit will introduce you to leaders whose invaluable expertise will inform, inspire and foster growth among our Native food ways.”


Tickets are available online at pequotmuseum.org/Events/?rid=1436. All meals are included and will be prepared by a team of renowned indigenous chefs from the U.S. and abroad. On Aug. 21, a special dinner created by Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef, will be served at 5:00 p.m. Feast of the Green Corn Moon will feature specialties including hominy cakes and smoked trout; apple chips and dried rabbit; Mohawk red corn bread and berry sauce; bison and cranberry meatballs; and much more.


For more information and to register for the first Intertribal Food Sovereignty Summit, please visit PequotMuseum.org.



About Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is a 308,000 square foot non-profit educational institution representing the history and culture of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, the natural history of Southeastern Connecticut, and the richness and diversity of indigenous cultures and societies throughout North America.


Spectacular exhibits and galleries span 98,000 square feet showcasing tribal cultures, science, the arts, and the abundance of local natural resources from the Ice Age to present day. Open throughout the spring, summer and fall, the museum offers a variety of educational programs and exciting events for all ages. The facility consists of permanent exhibits, the Mashantucket Gallery, classrooms, a 320-seat auditorium, a restaurant, and museum shop, while the research center houses collections, libraries, archives, and archaeology and conservation laboratories.


For more information about the world’s largest Native American museum, please visit our website


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Lori Potter, director of communications        Holly Wolfe, public relations

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation              Mashantucket Pequot Museum

LPotter@mptn-nsn.gov                               Holly@HollyWolfePR.com


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