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American Indian Healthy Eating

Community Newsletters

Tribal leaders and key informants suggested using community newsletters to disseminate the findings from the American Indian Healthy Eating Project.  Each of the participating tribes helped identify specific health initiatives and community stark plugs from within their tribal community to feature within their four-page newsletter.

Donn Young

Donn Young, a photojournalist, experienced with creating images and stories to advance social justice causes worked with each of the participating tribes to gather images for a community newsletter and photo exhibit.

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Donn Young is 35-year veteran of the photography business and the executive director of 40 Days and 40 Nights, a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit committed to increasing awareness of the human condition through the collaborative work of researchers, practitioners, and artists.  As an assignment photographer, his work has appeared in more than 100 national, state, and local publications including Time, Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

His work has been exhibited in 35 museum and gallery exhibitions.  He has received numerous honors including the “Gold Medal” – 2006 CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education), which is the national competition of college and university magazines.  In August 2008, he completed a 3-year photo essay documenting the effects of Hurricane Katrina upon civilization for the Louisiana State Archives.  The exhibition 40 Days and 40 Nights is the largest and most well attended exhibition in the history of the Louisiana State Archives.  His work is exhibited worldwide and was recently included in Visions of New Orleans at the Ministry of Culture, Saint-Honore, in Paris.  His work is found in the public and private collections of Louisiana State University Hill Memorial Library Special Collections, the Goldring Family Foundation, the Lamar Family Foundation, the Thomas Coleman Family Foundation, the Louisiana State Museum, and the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Coharie Indian Tribe

The Coharie Indian Tribe has provided us continued support and guidance.  We especially appreciate the leadership support and direction of Greg Jacobs.  Tabatha Brewer was instrumental as tribal liaison in helping us conduct this project and develop the Coharie summer 2011 newsletter!  The Seeds of HOPE (Hope, Opportunities, Partnerships, Empowerment) project at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, particularly Salli Benedict and Katie Barnes, provided invaluable support throughout this project.

Coharie leaders have restricted access to images gathered during the American Indian Healthy Eating Project.

Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe

The leadership of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe has been tremendously supportive of the American Indian Healthy Eating Project!   We are greatly indebted and inspired by the contributions of Al Richardson, Marty Richardson, Karen Lynch Harley, John Scott-Richardson, and Alvin Evans Richardson.  Check out all the cool health things Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe is doing in their Haliwa-Saponi 2011 summer community newsletter!

The tribe also has restricted access to wonderful images captured of our people and places for the American Indian Healthy Eating Project!

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

The tribal leadership of the Lumbee Tribe of NC has been super supportive and we are indebted to the time and thoughts of the Lumbee tribal Liaisons, Candice Collins and Eric “Raven” Locklear.  Tony V. Locklear of The Healing Lodge and Rev. Mike Cummings of the Burnt Swamp Association also were instrumental in helping us understand the current health initiatives supporting Lumbee people and the great potential that exists for further faith-based health endeavors within Lumbee Nation!  Learn more about healthy lifestyle programs and policy initiatives happening within Lumbee Nation in the Lumbee Tribe of NC summer 2011 community newsletter!

Lumbee leaders have restricted access to images gathered during the American Indian Healthy Eating Project.

Meherrin Indian Tribe

Chief Thomas Lewis has been incredibly supportive of healthy eating endeavors.  Devonna Mountain and Dr. Aaron Winston have also been great tribal liaisons!  We are thankful to each of these three tribal liaisons, along with the time and contributions of Dr. Terry Hall and Duvonya Chavis, RPh in creating the Meherrin Indian Tribe summer 2011 community newsletter!

The tribe has restricted access to images gathered for the American Indian Healthy Eating Project.

Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation

We are grateful to the assistance of Sharn Jeffries and his daughter Mikayla for their educational and entertaining tour of their tribal land!  We also appreciate the newsletter contributions and edits of Sharn and his fellow Tribal Council Member and sister, Vivette Jeffries-Logan.  Check out all the cool food and health initiatives of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation in their summer 2011 community newsletter!  Read more about the tribe’s summer happenings in their August 2011 Edition of the OBSN Voice.

The tribe has restricted access to images gathered for the American Indian Healthy Eating Project.

Sappony

Tribal leaders and members of Sappony, especially Julia Phipps, Dorothy Crowe, and Chief Otis Martin have been continually supportive of the American Indian Healthy Eating Project.  We appreciate all the Sappony Heritage Youth Camp counselors, counselors-in-training, campers, and volunteers who helped showcase this wonderful summer experience!  Learn more about the Sappony Heritage Youth Camp in the Sappony summer 2011 community newsletter!

The tribe has restricted access to images gathered for the American Indian Healthy Eating Project.

Waccamaw Siouan Tribe

Tribal leaders and staff have been a constant support to the American Indian Healthy Eating Project.  We are grateful to the time and service of Sandra Bronner, Brenda Moore, and Tami Jacobs.  We also appreciate the time and thoughts shared by Millie Freeman, her mother and her aunt Louise Little.  And we are grateful to the leadership and support of Miss Indian North Carolina Adrienne Blanks.  Learn more about the people and programs blossoming within the tribe in their Waccamaw Siouan Tribe 2011 summer community newsletter!

The tribe has restricted access to images gathered for the American Indian Healthy Eating Project.