Growing Seeds and Youth Leaders
Diane Wilson, Executive Director, Dream of Wild Health; and Ernie Whiteman, Cultural Director, Dream of Wild Health
Dream of Wild Health shares its hard-won lessons from nearly 20 years of growing indigenous seeds and educating Native youth to garden, cook and advocate for healthy lifestyles. The session includes activity with seeds; review of youth-led food policy; and organizing a community network serving youth. Participant takeaways: best practices in helping Native youth and families rebuild a traditional relationship with seeds and food.
Diane Wilson is the Executive Director for Dream of Wild Health, a non-profit farm in Hugo, MN, that reconnects Native people with indigenous foods and medicines. She is the author of two award-winning books that focus on issues of assimilation, historical trauma and cultural recovery: Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past; and Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life. As a 2013 Bush Foundation Fellow, Ms. Wilson focused on indigenous seed preservation. Ms. Wilson has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and over 20 years working as senior management in various local nonprofit organizations. She is Dakotah.
Ernie Whiteman is the Cultural Director for Dream of Wild Health. Mr. Whiteman is an elder, a well-respected cultural teacher and gifted artist. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota. He taught at Fond du Lac College for 11 years, worked as the Director for Education with the Sac & Fox tribe, on the Indian Affairs Commission in Oklahoma and served as the Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Shoshone Tribe. Mr. Whiteman is Arapahoe.