What you will learn:

Turtle Island (America) is filled with vibrant indigenous communities that are diverse in cultures, languages, values, and perceptions of the Universe. Although the indigenous population makes up 3% of all people living within the United States, there are almost 600 federally recognized Nations and many more state-recognized tribes.

Attempts to engage tribal nations are generally well-intended but under-informed. As a small but highly heterogeneous group, a general lack of understanding of tribal sovereignty has often led to “one size fits all” solutions that do not fit the needs, wants, or desires of that community. Layered with a history of non-indigenous entities utilizing extractive practices in their relationships, the result has been a legacy of distrust. In response to this, many tribes are highly selective in who they work with and why as they seek to protect the very things that have been, or currently are, under threat: their land, language, culture, families, and sacred teachings.

When working with indigenous people and tribes -- whether that be formally on a systems or company level, or in your day-to-day life and communities -- it is critical to have a foundational knowledge of Indian affairs in order to understand how power operates within communities and how it is shared. Join this Elective to learn how to develop meaningful, culturally affirming collaborations and relationships with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations.

About the instructor:

Ryann Monteiro, MPH, CHES is an educator, public health practitioner, and indigenous health advocate who is a citizen of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah. Being raised with her Cape Verdean mother's religion and her Wampanoag father's culture, she learned to navigate distinct worlds made up of their own cultures, values, and worldviews from a young age. With this upbringing, she honors and acknowledges that these various worldviews serve as a foundation for how cultures define and respond to health and wellbeing.

With her work being at the intersection of food, education, and public health, Ryann's interest in reconnecting people to community and culture through food led her to receive her Master’s in Public Health degree in Health Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Food Studies from Boston University, where she also teaches a course in Indigenous Food, Cultures, and Communities. She aims to add value by creating and holding space for historically marginalized communities to be active participants in the food and health system by voicing and advocating for community-specific needs and values.
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Suggested Length:90 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Format: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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