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"WALKING ON THE RED ROAD: COOKING WITH ANCESTRAL NATIVE FOODS FOR CONTEMPORARY HEALTH AND WELLNESS"

Featuring: Dr. (Chef) Lois Ellen Frank (Kiowa) and Chef Walter Whitewater (Dine/Navajo) World-Recognized, James Beard Award Winners

Join the American Indian Institute on April 14, 2020, as internationally renowned chefs of Native cuisine Dr. Lois Ellen Frank and Walter Whitewater present a joint talk on the health and wellness attributes of ancestral foods.

Recognized as leading experts on Native food and healthy Native cooking, Whitewater (Diné /Navajo) and Frank (Kiowa) teach students and patrons about the history and preparation of Native foods at Red Mesa Cuisine in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They also produced the documentary "The Power to Heal Diabetes: Food for Life in Indian Country."

The event will take place at 9 a.m. on the first day of the 19th Annual Native Women’s and Men’s Wellness Conference.

 

Chef Lois Ellen Frank (Choctaw)

Chef Lois Ellen FrankDr. Frank is an adjunct professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), a four-year accredited college in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she has taught about the Ethnobotany of Foods and Plants of the Southwest. An accomplished author, she won a James Beard award for her book, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, featuring traditional and contemporary recipes. She is the founder of Red Mesa Cuisine, LLC.

Chef Walter Whitewater (Dine/Navajo)

Chef Walter WhitewaterChef Whitewater is a chef at Red Mesa Cuisine, LLC, who has appeared on numerous Food Network programs about Native and Southwestern food. He was awarded the James Lewis Award by the BCA in New York to honor cultural awareness in the kitchen. He was the first Native American chef to receive this award. He became the first Native American chef to cook at the James Beard House in New York City in June 2011.


NATIVE HEALTH AND WELLNESS THROUGH THE LENS OF RESILIENCE

Belinda Biscoe, PhD, ICPS, OCADDPA

Interim Senior Associate Vice President, Director of the Southwest Prevention Center, University of Oklahoma Outreach

BBelinda Biscoeelinda P. Biscoe, PhD, serves as Interim Senior Associate Vice President for Outreach at the University of Oklahoma. Trained as a research psychologist, she has nearly 30 years of experience with school- and community-based programs, including higher education as an administrator, researcher, and program developer. In her current role, she bears responsibility for 26 departments and 10 support units employing over 600 professionals.


HEALING TRAUMA: FINDING MY PATH TO HOPE AND WELLNESS

Captain Kari Hearod, LCSW (Choctaw)

SAMHSA Region 6 Administrator (AR, LA, OK, NM, TX and 68 Federally Recognized Tribes)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Captain HearodCAPT Hearod is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Prior to accepting her new role as Regional Administrator, CAPT Hearod served as the Indian Health Service Oklahoma City Area Acting Behavioral Health Consultant. In this position CAPT Hearod had oversight over behavioral health and substance abuse programs across Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas providing services impacting 410,00 Native Americans.