Hoover quoted on high rate of food insecurity among Native households
Elizabeth Hoover, a Micmac and Mohawk assistant professor of American and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, specializes in food sovereignty, or the right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and the right for groups to define their own food and agriculture systems.
“Restricting access to food is a direct attack,” Hoover said. “When you impact the ability for a tribe to feed itself, it changes everything. Just look at what happened with the boarding school era. Those students were told ‘You must farm this way. The ways your ancestors did things was wrong or backwards.’”
Steps are being taken across Indian Country to reclaim those traditional foods, such as the Cherokee Nation’s heirloom seed bank and the Bishop Paiute Tribe’s aquaponics project in California. However, the long-term impact of those policies still linger.