Dream of Wild Health

Grantee Year: 
2017
City: 
Minneapolis
State: 
Minnesota

The mission of Dream of Wild Health (DWH) is to promote health in the Native American community by expanding knowledge and access to healthy indigenous foods and medicines. DWH is a Native-led organization committed to reclaiming indigenous foods and lifeways, and promoting food sovereignty by working to increase food access, equity and youth leadership within Native communities. DWH thrives because of the deep commitment to cultural recovery, which includes healthy relationships to their relatives, human, animals, birds, (seeds) food and the earth. They have grown to include a 10 acre farm in Hugo, MN, providing educational programs that reconnect the urban Native American community with traditional food practices. DWH is a lead organizer of the Indigenous Food Network, named Gimino-Wiisenimin (We Eat Well Together), a sovereign food system controlled by Native people for Native people. Dream of Wild Health led the formation of a Native American planning group that began developing an innovative, self-determined and inclusive food system for the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. The strategy is bolstered by youth leadership and community engagement at pow wows, celebrations other culturally related events, obtaining community feedback on barriers and opportunities for expanding food access.