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Our thanks to Diane Wilson for presenting this virtual keynote on January 22 and to
all who participated via Zoom and
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Growing Justice and Equity in Our Food Landscape

Diane Wilson


Our current food system is rooted in a worldview that treats the earth, and the foods she provides, as commodities. How our communities eat and how our food is grown is intimately connected to the environmental issues we face. As we recognize the role our food system plays in escalating climate change, we also need to see the disproportionate impact on Indigenous and communities of color. Challenging this inequity requires a shift in our relationship with the earth, embracing a worldview that is rooted in the Indigenous belief that we are all related. Drawing from her experience as a Dakota writer, seed keeper and non-profit Director, Wilson will share her perspective on food sovereignty, equity, and protecting what we love.

Keynote Bio

Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson is a writer, speaker, and editor, who has published two award-winning books, as well as essays in numerous publications. Her new novel, The Seed Keeper, was published by Milkweed Editions in March 2021. Wilson’s memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past (Borealis Books) won a 2006 Minnesota Book Award and was selected for the 2012 One Minneapolis One Read program. Her 2011 nonfiction book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life (Borealis Books) was awarded the 2012 Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. Her most recent essay, Seeds for Seven Generations, is featured in the 2016 anthology, A Good Time for the Truth (MN Historical Society Press).

Wilson has received a 2013 Bush Foundation Fellowship as well as awards from Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the East Central Regional Arts Council. In 2018, she was awarded a 50 Over 50 Award from Pollen/Midwest.

Wilson is the former Executive Director for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a national coalition of tribes and organizations working to create sovereign food systems for Native people.

Wilson is a Mdewakanton descendent, enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation.



Minnesota Book Award

50 over 50 Award from Pollen/Midwest

Barbara Studler Award from History Colorado

One Minneapolis One Read