Control your food and you control your destiny.
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Indigenous food is the missing piece of our culinary story.
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We need to start looking at food as a way to heal ourselves and the planet.
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Experience the true flavors of North America, featuring foods of Mni Sota Makoce, Land Where the Waters Reflect the Clouds.
We prioritize purchasing from Indigenous food producers locally and nationally. We have removed colonial ingredients such as wheat flour, cane sugar and dairy. We are proud to present a decolonized dining experience.
PROMOTING INDIGENOUS FOODWAYS EDUCATION
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Our mission is to promote Indigenous foodways education and facilitate Indigenous food access.
Chef Sean Sherman is an award-winning chef, educator, author, and activist. A member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe, Sean’s personal mission is to revitalize Indigenous food systems and build awareness of the transformational potential of Indigenous foodways to restore the health, local economies, culture, and food sovereignty of Native people.
Chef Sean Sherman has dedicated his career to supporting and promoting Indigenous food systems and Native food sovereignty.
Sean’s cooking style is based on pre-colonial Indigenous food systems, using only ingredients that are native to North America. His menus are inspired by the seasons and the land, featuring traditional ingredients like bison, hand-harvested wild rice, cedar, and sumac. He draws on the knowledge and culinary techniques of his ancestors to develop innovative, nutritious, and flavorful dishes that incorporate wild game, fish, foraged plants, and heirloom grains.
Through his activism and advocacy, Sean is helping to reclaim and celebrate the rich culinary heritage of Indigenous communities around the world.
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“Our ancestors understood how to live in balance with the natural world. Indigenous foods are the original foods of this continent. It’s important we recognize that and start celebrating those foods.”
“Sean has had a major impact on revitalizing and revolutionizing Native cuisine in the U.S., including through his Minneapolis-based restaurant Owamni, which has expanded with the work of his nonprofit, North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems. He has galvanized a new generation of Indigenous chefs to honor their culinary heritage and to decolonize their diets.”
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NĀTIFS (North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems) is a non-profit organization that works to revitalize Indigenous food systems across North America. We envision a food system that generates wealth and improves health in Native communities through food-related enterprises. NATIFS initiatives include the Indigenous Food Lab, advocacy and education, seed and knowledge sovereignty, and Indigenous foodways curriculum.
The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen
Here is real food—our indigenous American fruits and vegetables, the wild and foraged ingredients, game and fish. Locally sourced, seasonal, “clean” ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking are nothing new to Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. In his breakout book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Sherman shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful, at once elegant and easy.
NATIFS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEAN SHERMAN BRINGS INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVE TO UNITED NATIONS COP 28 IN DUBAI
MINNEAPOLIS — November 28, 2023 —North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) announces Executive Director Sean Sherman will be traveling to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...
On Good Morning America – James Beard Award-winning chef revitalizing and revolutionizing Indigenous cuisine
GMA - Good Morning AmericaSource: GMASean Sherman, known famously as "The Sioux Chef," has made it his mission to bring Native recipes to the mainstream while cultivating the next generation of Indigenous chefs.
Sean Sherman and NATIFS create collaborations in Hawaii to promote Indigenous Food Sovereignty on the Islands
Honolulu, Hawaii, whether you have visited or not, is one of...
WORLD CUISINES BY STEPHANIE FRIEDMANSource: TastingTablePhoto: Bettmann/Getty ImagesAs of 2023, Chef Sean Sherman can add Julia Child Award Recipient to his long list of impressive accolades. The 2022 James Beard Award winner, cookbook author, and one of Time's 100...
GOOD FOOD Hosted by Evan Kleiman Oct. 20, 2023 Source: KCRWSean Sherman is on a roll. Known as "the Sioux Chef," he is probably the most high-profile advocate for Native foodways in the United States. His Minneapolis restaurant, Owamni, which showcases modern...
Der Sioux-Chef. Indigen kochen. Das erste Kochbuch seiner Art auf Deutsch: Der Spitzenkoch von der Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation Sean Sherman erfindet eine der ältesten und gesündesten Küchen neu: die indigene. Gluten-, milch-, zuckerfreie Rezepte. Leicht nachzukochen.
“We’re here to create a conversation about what Indigenous foods are and why they’re important.”