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Meet four Native Americans involved with changing the diets of their communities.  From past horrors to taking action to enjoying food together, they each speak from their hearts.
Robert White Mountain, 
Lakota, responded to the influence of the White Buffalo Calf Woman by planting an orchard in the shape of a medicine wheel.

"We want to create hope. Because there is no hope here, we have unemployment 85%, we have poverty, 80% poverty. There's no businesses owned by natives. So then that gives our people no hope. The future looks very bleak for our kids. So, that's why we do things like [build this living Medicine Wheel Park] because this is always gonna be here, it's always gonna be here for them." 

Valerie Segrest, 
Muckleshoot (Washington State), is a dietician finding native foods to bring health to all ages.

"The stinging nettle is one of my very first plant teachers. I took this plant into every aspect of my life for a year. Drinking it's juices, eating it, stinging myself with it, finding every patch I could find, harvesting it, making cordage out of it, and to this day every year it still comes to me and I still learn more and more and more things about it. It is food, it is fiber, it is medicine."

Andrea John,
Seneca Nation, is an exercise specialist determined to bring health to members of her community through movement and healthy eating.

"The medicines were there [on our lands], the river was right there, the resources were there. We didn't need to depend on the government so much because we were very self-sustaining in that environment. However, when that 10,000 acres was taken away [for the Kinzua Dam Project], after a lot of fights and battles, it was taken away and within days houses were being burned down."

Desiree Jackson,
Tlingit (SE Alaska), is a dietician committed to focusing on existing resources as a source of health.

"When we get together we're all about the food. We're having potlucks and we're bringing in everything that we've harvested. And we're sharing and we're dancing and we're giving people traditional names, and we're speaking our language. And so that traditional food is really what brings us together and allows us to celebrate and makes us feel rich."

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