Traditional Foods in Native America


Commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Native Diabetes Wellness Program (NDWP), this report highlights traditional foods programs in six culturally and geographically diverse American Indian and Alaska Native communities. For decades, American Indian and Alaska Native communities have been reclaiming traditional foods and practices as an integral part of the Indigenous food sovereignty movement, which embraces identity and history, tribal sovereignty, traditional ways and cultural practices to address health.

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Cooper, Vanessa. Traditional Foods in Native America. American Indian Institute. University of Oklahoma. Norman, Oklahoma. 2013. Paper. (, accessed February 15, 2024)