Researchers from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community of northwest Washington and Oregon State University have been awarded more than $1.6 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to expand an environmental education program that focuses on traditional native foods.
The five-year project is designed to address the challenges and concerns facing place-based people whose health, culture and community are linked to the state of their local environment. Traditional foods are more than a caloric food source; they play an integral role in cultural traditions that support the health and well-being of indigenous people.
“Many tribes across the country are focused on self-determination and sovereignty, and part of that is food sovereignty. Not just food for consumption, but food for medicine and food as a way of sharing knowledge and culture,” says Dr. Jamie Donatuto, an environmental health analyst for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and the project’s lead investigator.
Other investigators on the project include Dr. Diana Rohlman, an assistant research professor in the Orgeon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences; Dr. Rose James of the Urban Indian Health Institute; Ms. Elise Krohn of Garden-Raised Bounty, an Olympia, Washington-based nonprofit that encourages growing healthy food; and Ms. Valerie Segrest of Feed Seven Generations, an organization focused on revitalizing native food culture in the Northwest.
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