In 2012, a partnership of the Santee Sioux Nation, the Nebraska Indian Community College, the Center for Rural Affairs, and Farmer’s Market Moms began a project to help the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska grow its own food system. The project provided garden assistance and training, brought local produce into the school, and created a new farmers and crafts market. The Sioux Chef program provided cooking training alongside these food system elements.
In a community where fresh food had been largely unavailable for decades, unfamiliar foods are often hard to use. The Sioux Chef program provided cooking demonstrations and recipes to use these new ingredients.
This cooking program focused on Western recipes. Cooking training in the Santee Sioux community is ongoing, now incorporating a combination of Western and traditional approaches.