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2020 Empowering Tribal Culture, Ecology, and Food Systems

September 30th – October 28th, 2020

About This Event

Trees, Water & People (TWP) supports Indigenous communities within US Tribal lands and in marginalized communities in Central America. We support community grassroots efforts to promote healing of tribal homelands, and through this series, looks to lift Indigenous voices on these timely topics. We are honored to co-sponsor this series of webinar episodes with the USDA Forest Service, Intertribal Nursery Council (INC) and the Western Forestry and Conservation Association (WFCA).


This webinar series aims to support Indigenous communities’ efforts to restore their land, reduce food insecurity, and increase economic opportunity through the production of native plants. Through these efforts, tribes can improve access to healthy and traditionally harvested foods, medicines and plants for textiles and ceremonial use. Expert voices will offer strategies Tribes can utilize to develop or improve food sovereignty initiatives and native plant propagation. Webinars are 75-minutes each, including time for questions and discussion.

September 30th

Sean Sherman, founder of the The Sioux Chef company, author of The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, winner of the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook, Minneapolis, MN.

October 7th

October 14th

  • Topic 1: Defining Agroforestry within Traditional Ecological Knowledge – It has Always Been a Practice!

    Kate MacFarland, USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) Agroforester

  • Topic 2: Community-led Agroforestry in Central America

    Valentina de Rooy, Regional Manager, Trees, Water & People, Fort Collins, Colorado

October 21st

Jeremy Pinto (Dine’), PhD, Research Plant Physiologist/Tribal Nursery Specialist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service.

October 28th

Cristina Eisenberg, PHD, FBIC/BLM/SER Native Seed and Grassland Restoration Program Director, Oregon State University, and Wendy Velman, Botany Program Lead, Bureau of Land Management (BLM).