Honor Indigenous culture this Thanksgiving with a Native dish

indian corn soup

This Thanksgiving, we encourage you to see the Holiday through a Native perspective. While many of us learned that the first Thanksgiving included a joyful, peaceful meal between Native people and pilgrims, that isn’t the case at all.   In reality, the assembly of the Wampanoag people and English settlers in 1621 was less about a friendly celebration and meal and […]

Quinault Pride Seafood

Quinault Pride Seafood was established in 1960 by the Quinault Indian Nation on the Washington coast on the Olympic Peninsula. The Taholah, Washington, based company was founded to create economic sustainability through carrying on the way of life of the Quinault people. The company’s mission is to provide jobs to the community and preserve the Quinault heritage.   According to the Quinault […]

I-Collective launches multimedia cookbook project

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The I-Collective is releasing a multimedia, digital cookbook featuring recipes, videos, stories and more from Indigenous chefs and community members. The cookbook will also feature supplemental webinars to help teach community members about the importance of food sovereignty and traditional food systems for Indigenous peoples.  The goal and purpose of this project is to create meaningful conversations […]

SweetGrass YouTube channel seeks to educate consumers on using Native American foods

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One of the main goals at SweetGrass is to make Native-made products accessible to all through our online store. We want to make sure everyone, even those in urban areas, are able to purchase things like sage, Indian Corn, wild rice and Native-made beauty products. However, it’s about more than accessibility — it’s also about education.   In 2020, SweetGrass began a major […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Rick Powless

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Name:  -Traditional name is Lakhwawyʌhu (Good Cook)  -English name is Rick Powless  Location: Six Nations of the Grand River Territory  Education/background:  -Fanshawe College, Apprenticeship  -Red Seal Chef (Canada)  -Dip. Ed. (Diploma in Education-Secondary), University of Western Ontario  Business name: Standing Stone Foods  Tribe: onʌyoteˀa ká, ohkwaliha ká (Oneida Nation of the Thames, Bear Clan)  What led to your passion for indigenous foods?  […]

Back to school breakfast ideas

It’s back to school season, and that means preparing breakfasts that are both delicious and nourishing. We have plenty of ideas for you for those days when you just don’t feel like having another bowl of cereal. Plus, these products are made with traditional Native ingredients.   Wild rice pancake mix and syrup  This gift set includes one bag […]

Nemi plant-based snacks

Nemi was founded by Mexican native Regina Trillo in 2019, after not feeling represented when she visited the “ethnic” aisle at a grocery store in Chicago.  She found well-established brands showing Mexican-inspired products in a stereotypical way and using questionable ingredients.   “I started Nemi with the idea of combining my 3 passions: health, transparency and LOVE […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Freddie Bitsoie

Name: Freddie Bitsoie Location: Gallup, NM Education/background: Scottsdale Culinary Institute Business name: F J Bits Tribe: Navajo   What led to your passion for indigenous foods?   That is a loaded question because it was an unplanned journey in my anthropology studies. Back in 2007-08 I came across the term, “native American cuisine”. It did not make sense to me, but it was one that was very […]

Bow and Arrow

At the base of the legendary Sleeping Ute Mountain in Colorado, between Four Corners Monument and Mesa Verde National Park, lies the home of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. That’s where Bow & Arrow started in 1962.  The company has been proudly producing high quality products ever since. Bow & Arrow is part of the Ute Mountain […]

Three ways to use honey in your beauty and skincare routine

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Most people know honey is great as a natural sweetener in your tea or drizzled on top of your frybread. But did you know you can use honey to get shinier hair and healthier skin? Shop our Ioway Bee Farm natural honey on our website and try some of these beauty hacks below.   Use honey as a face mask Raw honey boasts various […]

Three ways to cook with blue cornmeal

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Blue cornmeal has been used for decades in traditional Native dishes. Originally developed by the Hopi tribe, it is ground from whole blue corn and has a fresh, sweet flavor. Blue cornmeal can be used in a variety of ways and in several dishes. Below, we list three ways you can use Bow and Arrow blue cornmeal at […]

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen

(bio from From https://sioux-chef.com/)  Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, born in Pine Ridge, SD, has been cooking across the US and World for the last 30 years.  His main culinary focus has been on the revitalization and awareness of indigenous foods systems in a modern culinary context.  Sherman’s cookbook, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen,” can be purchased in our shop.   […]

Three recipe ideas for your next summer potluck

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Outdoor picnics and potluck dinners are back this summer, and we’re here to help you make a dish that will leave friends and family saying, “Share that recipe with me!” These three recipes take a modern spin on classic Native foods such as smoked salmon, wild rice and Tepary beans! Let us know your favorite potluck meal […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Justin Pioche

Name: Justin Pioche Location: Upper Fruitland, NM Education/background: Kirtland Central High school (diploma), Arizona Culinary Institute (Certificate in Culinary Arts) Business name: Pioche FoodGroup, LLC  Tribal affiliation: Navajo. Salt Clan Navajo born for the Folded Arms People  What led to your passion for indigenous foods? I was not raised traditionally. I was born in Farmington, NM, but spent a lot of my time in Phoenix, AZ, throughout my life. That […]

Snacks for your next outdoor adventure

Hiking and camping season has arrived! We’ve made a list of snack ideas that are healthy and can be easily packed and stored for outdoor travel. Share your favorite camping snacks with us in the comments.   P.S. Don’t forget to protect your skin and apply Little Hands Hawaii sunscreen before heading outdoors!  Tanka Bars Tanka buffalo bars are built on our ancestors’ knowledge of the Ideal Portable […]

tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine by Shane Chartrand

Born to Cree parents and raised by a Métis father and Mi’kmaw-Irish mother, Shane M. Chartrand has spent the past ten years learning about his history, visiting with other First Nations peoples, gathering and sharing knowledge and stories, and creating dishes that combine his diverse interests and express his unique personality.   The result is “tawâw: Progressive Indigenous […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Mariah Gladstone

Name: Mariah Gladstone Location: Babb, MT (Blackfeet Reservation) Education/background: Bachelor of science in environmental engineering, Columbia University; Master of science in Environmental Science, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (In Progress) Business name: Indigikitchen Tribe: Blackfeet, Cherokee  What led to your passion for indigenous foods? While I was encouraged from a young age to experiment in the kitchen, seeing the health issues that plague Indian […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz

Name: Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz Location: Rio Verde, AZ Education/background: Natural foods chef and traditional healer Business name: Kitchen Curandera Tribe:  Xicana with Tewa lineage on mother’s side  What led to your passion for indigenous foods? Having grown up eating many of our traditional foods, I also saw how many of them were disappearing from our lives as the standard American diet became more prevalent. During that time I saw my mother […]

Apple Canyon Gourmet

When Anna Shawver moved from New Mexico to the Pacific Northwest in the mid 1980s, she was left with a deep longing for everything she had taken for granted in her home state. She missed the music, dance, fiestas, food and family gatherings. Some of her favorite New Mexican foods were not available in the […]

Tanka Bars

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SweetGrass Trading Company is proud to offer Tanka Bars, meat bars made with bison and cranberries, in a variety of flavors. Tanka Bars are similar to traditional pemmican or Lakota wasná, which is a pounded mix of dried buffalo meat and berries. Loosely translated in Lakota, “wasná ” means “all mixed up.”  The Tanka Bar was created in 2006 on […]

Join a panel discussion, cooking demonstration and more led by Chef Sean Sherman

Chef Sean Sherman

by Rachel Hatch, Illinois State University Oglala Lakota Chef Sean Sherman will explore decolonizing the food system with events at Illinois State University on April 14 and 15.  Founder of the company The Sioux Chef, Sherman will share his journey of discovering, reviving, and reimagining Indigenous cuisine with the talk “The (R)evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America” […]

Cooking with Chiles

Chiles can add a spicy kick and bold flavor to almost any recipe, whether it’s meat, stew, salsa or salads. There are several varieties of chiles available—the degree of heat depends on the location its grown, the variety, and the time of harvest. In her cookbook, “Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations,” Chef Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D., describes several types […]

How to make and use hominy

Hominy takes a little extra time to make, but is fairly easy and can add texture and color to salads, soups and skillets. Purchase some of our Indian Corn and make your own hominy today! The following hominy recipe is from the cookbook “Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations” by Chef Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D.   How to make hominy:  -2 ¾ cups dried Indian Corn -10 cups water -1 cup culinary ash […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart

Name: Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart Location: Rapid City, SD Education/background: Cornell University- entrepreneurship, Native American studies and economics Business name: Et-i-quette Catering Company Tribe: Oglala Lakota Sioux  What led to your passion for indigenous foods? I have been cooking for my family since I was about 8 years old. Every summer we would come home to Pine Ridge to be with my mother. She always taught me […]

Join the University of Minnesota to celebrate indigenous women chefs

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The Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition is excited to announce “Celebrating Indigenous Women Chefs”.  This first of its kind webinar series highlights the culinary expertise of Indigenous women through seven LIVE cooking demonstrations. Join us each month as the featured guest chefs share their skills, knowledge, wisdom, and recipes.  Tuesday, January 12th, 12:00 pm […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D.

Name: Chef Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D.  Location: Santa Fe, NM Education/background: Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Culinary Anthropology (2011)  Business name: Red Mesa Cuisine, LLC Tribal affiliation: Kiowa on mother’s side, Sephardic on father’s side  What initially led to your passion for indigenous foods? I think it was ingrained in me from the beginning. My mom always instilled in us that everything […]

Three ways to cook with Indian Corn

Indian Corn, or Flint corn, is one of the oldest types of corn and comes in a variety of colors. It can be used to make hominy, polenta, cornmeal, soups, and much more. Every year, Ho-Chunk Farms harvests Indian Corn on the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska using traditional methods. Community members can get involved by helping […]

Passamaquoddy Maple

For centuries, the Passamaquoddy people have lived and flourished on lands in Eastern Maine and Western New Brunswick, Canada. The name “Passamaquoddy” derives from the word peskotomuhkati, which literally means “people of the pollock-spearing place.” The Passamaquoddy live along the Atlantic Ocean and its bays and rivers within forests.   For hundreds of years, the Passamaquoddy hunted, fished, […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Elena Terry

Name: Elena Terry  Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI  Education/background: Exec Chef/ Founder Wild Bearies   Business name: Wild Bearies  Tribe: Hocak (Ho-Chunk, Wisconsin)  What led to your passion for indigenous foods?  Our foods have always been a large part of my life. I think the connection and passion is something that has just always been there for me. Some of […]

Three tasty pumpkin recipes

It’s a fun tradition for many families to carve pumpkins every year around Halloween. But don’t throw away the pulp and the seeds! There are tons of recipes you can make with fresh pumpkin. We’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorite dishes below using our products to help get you started.   SeaBear Smokehouse Pumpkin Chowder  What you’ll […]

Wheat berries: what are they and how do I cook with them?

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Wheat is the most commonly consumed grain in the United States. Wheat berries, however, are relatively uncommon in American kitchens. Wheat berries are the edible part of the wheat kernel. They include the bran, germ and the endosperm before the grain undergoes any processing or any refinement occurs.   Wheat berries are wheat in its most […]

Indian Corn Harvest 2020

SweetGrass Indian Corn

by Ally Karsyn About 25 producers grew nearly 20 acres of Indian corn. Community members recently gathered to help process this year’s harvest. The corn was handpicked, husked, then blanched in large pots over the new fire pit by Village Market. Once cooled, the kernels were spooned off the cobs and sun dried on screens. […]

Types of corn and how to use them

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This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  The early cultivation of corn made a huge impact on Native people. Not only did corn feed many people, but it didn’t require hunting, fishing, trapping or gathering. Growing corn could be done from home. This freed up time to […]

Types of beans and how to cook with them

This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  Dried beans are a staple in Native American cuisine. They are high in protein and add depth to soups, stews and salads. When pureed, they become a soft dough for fritters and burgers. Here is a list of a few […]

Types of squash and how to use them

This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  Squashes are an important indigenous food with a deep history. The Miami Tribe gifted seeds of an enormous orange squash to a Menominee tribal member, who shared the seeds with Mohican, Oneida and Ojibwe gardeners. This ancient squash, dubbed “Big […]

Easy snacks with roasted local seeds

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This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  Seeds of local vegetables such as squash, pumpkin, sunflower and maple make a delicious, healthy snack when roasted. They can also be used in sweets such as cookies and granola, or as a garnish for salads and soups. Once roasted, […]

Wild greens to forage for indigenous recipes

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This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  Many people don’t know that wild greens such as dandelion greens, purslane and plantain can be used in various recipes. These plants are typically picked from lawns and considered nuisances, but many wild greens are packed with healthful vitamins and […]

Ramona Farms

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Ramona and Terry Button began farming in 1974 on a ten-acre allotment near Sacaton, Arizona, on the Gila River Indian Reservation. Their first crops included barley and alfalfa; the Ramona Farms line of products has since grown to include wheat and corn products, black eyed peas, garbanzo beans and Tepary beans. Ramona’s father, Francisco ‘Chiigo’ […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Crystal Wahpepah

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  Name: Crystal Wahpepah Location: Oakland, California Business name: Owner, Wahpepah’s Kitchen Tribe: Kickapoo  What led to your passion for Indigenous foods? I always loved Native foods and I got to cook at a young age with family. It came so natural for me to be in the kitchen, like it was my gateway to […]

Native herbs and seasonings to keep on hand

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This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  Keep these herbs and seasonings in your pantry to add flavor and depth to your indigenous recipes.Some of these grow in the wild and can be foraged. For those that aren’t available, visit your local organic market or health food […]

How to cook with Tepary beans

variety of Tepary beans

SweetGrass Trading Company is proud to offer a variety of black, brown and white Tepary beans from Ramona Farms in Sacaton, AZ. Tepary beans have been part of the Native way of life for years. They have been cultivated for at least a thousand years by the Natives of the Sonoran desert, the Akimel O’odham […]

Indigenous cookbooks to add to your reading list

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Looking for inspiration on how to cook indigenous recipes? We’ve compiled a list to help you begin. Check out the cookbooks below (in no particular order) for indigenous recipes, cooking tips and tricks, and even traditional stories! Keep in mind there are many other authorized indigenous cookbooks available. These are eight to help you get […]

SeaBear Smokehouse

SeaBear Smokehouse was founded in 1957 by fisherman Tom Savidge and his wife, Marie, in Anacortes, Washington. The pair began selling smoked salmon to local taverns and cafes and their product became quite popular.  The company, now called SeaBear Smokehouse, was originally named Specialty Seafoods. The name was changed in the early 90s to ground […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Sean Sherman

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Name: Sean Sherman Location:  Minnesota Business name: The Sioux Chef Tribe: Oglala Lakota What led to your passion for indigenous foods? Basically, I had just been in restaurants my whole life. I started working in restaurants when I was just barely 13. So, I worked at restaurants all through high school and college. After college, […]

Sakari Botanicals

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Sakari Botanicals was founded in 2014 by Spring Alaska Olson, under the Department of Agriculture’s USDA Inter-Tribal Agricultural Council. The word “Sakari” means “sweet” in the traditional Inupiaq language  Olson uses traditional practices she learned from her Inuit family to grow local plants, flowers and herbs and create oils, salves, teas, and more.  Olson grew […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Hillel Echo-Hawk

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Name: Hillel Echo-Hawk Location: Seattle, WA Business name: Birch Basket  Tribe: Pawnee and Athabaskan What led to your passion for Indigenous foods? I grew up in rural Alaska in the upper Athabaskan area in the town of Delta Junction. Our neighbors were an Athabaskan family who lived in Mentasta Lake Village. My family would travel […]

Seka Hills Olive Oil

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For thousands of years, Native people inhabited the oak forests and rolling hills of Capay Valley, nestled in northern California. Today the land is planted with olive trees, vineyards and a bounty of other crops. Seka Hills is the line of agricultural products that come from this land. The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation chose the […]

5 Indigenous Chefs You Should Know About

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Native chefs play an important role in revitalizing indigenous cuisine and restoring Native food systems. Here are a few chefs who are making an impact on education, restoration and accessibility of traditional Native food. Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota)– James Beard award-winning chef Sean Sherman may be one of the most well-known indigenous chefs today. He […]

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