2018 Diné Bich’iiya’ Food Summit Set for March 29 – 31

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez addresses summit in 2017.

Published March 15, 2018

WINDOW ROCK – The 2018 Diné Bich’iiya’ Food Summit will be held Mar. 29-31. The first two days of the summit will be at Diné College in Tsaile, and the last day will be at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock.

“We want everyone interested in the food summit to feel welcome to join,” Vice President Jonathan Nez said. “The goal of the summit is to bring like-minded people together to participate in health-related activities, discussions andworkshops, and to share their experience, educational resources and wisdom, which are tools to fight diabetes and obesity.”

The summit is part of a larger effort to promote health and wellness across the Navajo Nation. Numerous groups moving separately to promote traditional and modern farming and gardening, to encourage healthy eating and to give rise to more active lifestyles.

“Many groups and individuals are making a difference on their own, regarding health and wellness. But what if we combined these efforts into one united force?” Vice President Nez asked. “What if we stood shoulder to shoulder to make the Navajo Nation a healthier place?”

Activities for the summit include demonstrations on drying elk and deer meat, how to make blue corn mush and chiiłchin, gardening and more. There will also be a fun run, fitness gardening, research presentations and a food cook-off.

Benita Litson, the Diné College Land Grant Director and organizer of the summit, spoke about the use of the Navajo wellness model to bring about the conference. The model is a process with the following stages: Nitsáhákees (thinking), Nahat’á (planning), Iiná (living) and Siihasin (reflecting).

“What is unique about this food summit is the establishment of an alliance of various organizations to work towards food security on the reservation,” Litson added. “Diné College is pleased to host the Navajo Nation Food Summit and support the movement of securing our food system and supporting local agriculture.”

Litson brought up the development of a food policy that Diné College has been working on to “ensure food security for the people by the people.”

At the summit, the food policy is likely to be discussed and developed with the input of attendees. With a food policy, the Navajo Nation can take another step to have healthy, culturally relevant food produced by Navajos in a way that is sustainable.

The summit is also held in the same year as the 150th year of the Navajo Nation Treaty of 1868 and the 50th year anniversary of Diné College.

Registration for the 2018 Diné Bich’iiya’ Food Summit is free. To register online, please visit dinebichiiyasummit2018.eventbrite.com.

For any questions, please contact Christopher Bahe or Yvonne Kee-Billisonfrom OPVP at (928) 871-7000. Or contact Benita Litson from Diné College at (928) 724-6940.

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