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Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

September 18-20, 2017

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel


Join us for this annual conference that brings together tribal officials, researchers, practitioners, and others to discuss the current state of Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge about Native nutrition and food science, and identify new areas of work.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition must be submitted by 5 p.m. (central) on Friday, June 16, 2017. 


Click here to submit an abstract.


A limited number of registration and lodging scholarships are available for the conference. Priority will be given to people who are or who intend to be in a position to directly improve nutrition and health in Native communities.

Click here to apply for a scholarship.


Conference topic areas include:

  • Decolonizing food and nutrition sciences
  • Sustainable development for Indigenous food systems
  • Indigenous evaluation frameworks
  • Successfully translating research into practice

The conference will also include skill-building workshops for researchers and practitioners on topics such as:

  • How to document the traditional food system in your community
  • What is research and why do we need it?
  • Human subject protection in research
  • Working with vulnerable populations from infancy through old age
  • Practical program and research evaluation methods
  • Best practices in creating appropriate nutrition education materials and sharing of materials

Schedule at a glance

  • Sunday, September 17 | Reception: 7-9 p.m.
  • Monday, September 18 | Conference: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday, September 18 | Evening reception: 6-10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 19 | Conference: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (optional tours in the evening)
  • Wednesday, September 20 | Conference: 7:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.