Intertribal Food Summits are part of a long history of intertribal gatherings and events. This current series started in 2012 with a Great Lakes Region Producer Summit at Oneida before turning into the Food Sovereignty Summit at Oneida, co-hosted by the Intertribal Agriculture Council, First Nations Development Institute, and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin in 2013 and 2014.
The first “Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit” was held in 2015, again at Oneida, before venturing to other locations and evolving its format with the April 2016 event at Gun Lake Pottawatomi with a four-day event that featured a menu prepared by a team of Native chefs, comprehensive hands-on workshops, and a concurrent youth summit.
Subsequent events were held at Red Lake in fall 2016, Gun Lake again in 2017, Meskwaki in 2018, and most recently Pokagon in 2019. Additionally, a Southwest Intertribal Food Summit was hosted in Taos, New Mexico in fall 2018.
Given the global crisis circumstances of 2020, this event is evolving yet again into a virtual format to help provide continued connections and support.