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Thursday, April 20th from 3-4pm and 7-8pm with book signing to follow

Chef Sean Sherman Events

Join us for these amazing opportunities to learn from and talk with James Beard award winner Chef Sean Sherman founder and CEO of The Sioux Chef, Founder/Senior Director of Vision & Strategic Partnerships, NĀTIFS (North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems). Chef Sherman is a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe. His main culinary focus has been on bringing Indigenous food systems like land stewardship and wild food usage to a modern culinary context.

The Sioux Chef is a company committed to revitalizing and reclaiming Native American cuisine. As part of this effort, Chef Sherman owns the restaurant Owamni in Minneapolis, MN that features dishes that prioritize Indigenous-sourced foods native to his region, and leaves out colonial ingredients like beef and chicken to create a "decolonized dining experience." In 2017, Chef Sherman co-authored the cookbook The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen.


Through NĀTIFS, Chef Sherman also co-founded the Indigenous Food Lab, a professional Indigenous kitchen and training center dedicated to preserving Indigenous food education.


He was the recipient of a 2015 First Peoples Fund Fellowship, the 2018 Bush Foundation Fellowship, the National Center's 2018 First American Entrepreneurship Award, the 2018 James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook, and a 2019 James Beard Leadership Award.

For a summary of Chef Sherman and his work, please see this comic created by Chelsea Saunders and shared through National Public Radio:


Innovation Conversation 

Virtual event from 3-4pm. Register here

In this Innovation Conversation, Chef Sean, Chef Bryan Flower, and Meghann Jarchow will talk about the evolution of Indigenous foods and how our landscapes can play a role in the betterment of our food system.   

The (R)evolution of Indigenous Foodways Keynote

7pm-8pm with book signing to follow in Farber Hall (Old Main 111)

Please join us for the Vermillion Earth Days 2023 keynote lecture by Chef Sherman titled "The (R)evolution of Indigenous Foodways."  Following the keynote, Outside of a Dog Books & Games will be hosting a book signing event and will have copies of The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen available for purchase.

Thank you to the following sponsors of Chef Sean Sherman's visit: 

Department of Sustainability & Environment; Inclusive Science Initiative; Grounding Science grant; College of Arts & Sciences; Academic Affairs; South Dakota Chapter of the Sierra Club; Office of Multicultural Affairs; Department of History; Department of Anthropology and Sociology; and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. ​​

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