Indigenous Contributions to the World Around Us

On Monday, February 20th at 6pm, the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is hosting a presentation by Kimberly Greene Bugg titled “Indigenous Contributions to the World Around Us” as part of the month-long 2023 Civil Rights Conference theme,“Who Will Stand in the Gap? – A Clarion Call for Justice Seekers,” hosted by The University of Tennessee at Martin.

“Indigenous Contributions to the World Around Us” will be presented by Kimberly Greene Bugg a member of the Oneida Nation from the Six Nations Reserve located in Ontario, Canada. She currently resides in Lake County, TN. The presentation and discussion with the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network discusses the importance of learning about indigenous people that inhabited the lands before the settlers arrived and how people can continue to learn and support indigenous people today.

“The Local Food Network is thrilled to continue our participation in this year’s Civil Rights Conference and shed light on indigenous voices,” stated Caroline Ideus, Outreach Director of the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network. “We hope the discussion will bring awareness to indigenous contributions to our environment and lives.”

Kimberly Greene Bugg is an ambassador of the Native American community, children’s book author, artist of traditional dolls and beadwork, and organizer of the Northwest Tennessee Native American Educational Powwow at Discovery Park of America in Union City from October 27th-29th. In 1997, she was titled with the “Memphis Powwow Princess” which sparked her lifelong passion to educate the public about indigenous culture and history.The discussion is hosted by the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network, a nonprofit based out of Martin, TN serving as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL in Northwest Tennessee. Their vision is to create a sustainable regional food system that utilizes locally grown and produced foods to promote healthy individuals, equitable communities and thriving local economies.

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~ Caroline Ideus
Outreach Director, Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network