‘Native Voices’ event Jan. 18 at UNR to feature speakers on food sovereignty | FirstNationsFocus.com

‘Native Voices’ event Jan. 18 at UNR to feature speakers on food sovereignty

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Melissa K. Nelson, Ph.D. (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), left, and Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D. (Kiowa) will speak at the Jan. 18 event.
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RENO, Nev. — This Friday, Jan. 18, the Savitt Medical Library at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine  will host a dynamic discussion about food sovereignty and Native peoples’ health, the university announced on Jan 17.

According to a press release, the free speaker event celebrates “Native Voices,” a traveling, National Library of Medicine exhibit that examines health and medicine among contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, on display at the Savitt Medical Library through February 13, 2019.

It will take place from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 18, at the UNR School of Medicine’s Pennington Medical Education Building, in the Savitt Medical Library and lower level foyer, featuring the following lineup:

• 5-6 p.m. Welcome reception featuring Native American-inspired foods and refreshments and tours of “Native Voices” exhibit in the Savitt Medical Library

• 6-7 p.m. Guest speaker presentations on food sovereignty by Melissa K. Nelson, Ph.D., author and indigenous scholar and activist; and Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D., chef, author and Native foods historian, in the lower level foyer

• 7 p.m. Book signing in the lower level foyer

Dr. Nelson (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is president/CEO of The Cultural Conservancy, which she has directed since 1993. She is a Native American ecologist, writer, media-maker and indigenous scholar-activist. Dr. Nelson is also a professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University.

Frank (Kiowa) is a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based chef, author, Native American foods historian and photographer.

Go to guides.library.unr.edu/savitt-native-voices to learn more about the “Native Voices” exhibit.