Sean Sherman Speaks at 1st Annual HHS “Food is Medicine” Summit

In January, Sean was invited to the first-ever US Department of Health and Human Services “Food is Medicine” Summit in Washington DC, where stakeholders discussed the intersection between food and health. Sean was invited to present a talk, as well as moderate a...


MINNEAPOLIS — November 28, 2023 —North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) announces Executive Director Sean Sherman will be traveling to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...


MINNEAPOLIS — North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) announces its acquisition of the James Beard Award-winning Minneapolis restaurant Owamni.Through this acquisition, NATIFS will expand its reach and impact, furthering Chef Sean Sherman's vision...

NATIFS, founder Sean Sherman announce Indigenous Peoples’ Day details at State Fair

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minneapolis nonprofit founded by accomplished Indigenous Chef Sean Sherman will be sponsoring and supporting the Minnesota State Fair's Indigenous People's Day.On Thursday, North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) announced... WELCOMES LINDA BLACK ELK AS EDUCATION DIRECTOR

MINNEAPOLIS — August 03, 2023 — Minneapolis non-profit North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) announces ethnobotanist and food sovereignty activist Linda Black Elk has joined as educational programming and community engagement leader. Black Elk...


North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) and its co-founder Chef Sean Sherman are hosting Navajo chef and author Freddie J. Bitsoie as the inaugural chef-in-residence at the Indigenous Food Lab by NATIFS in Minneapolis.

Nonprofit North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems Launches Flagship Indigenous Food Lab Market Featuring Indigenous Foods And Products

1st IFL Market now open in Minneapolis, MN!NĀTIFS has opened The Indigenous Food Lab in the Midtown Global Market on historic Lake Street in Minneapolis. The Indigenous Food Lab is a professional Indigenous kitchen and training center and market covering all aspects...

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With bison herds and ancestral seeds, Indigenous communities embrace food sovereignty

The Bozeman-based nonprofit HRDC built a new $29 million building with a state-of-the-art kitchen that will house the country’s second Indigenous Food Lab. It will open next year and expand the ongoing work creating recipes, holding cooking workshops, and preparing cooking videos.

December 9, 2023  |  NPR 

Decolonizing the Plate

“Food is the gateway to reclaim Native customs, build the Indigenous economy, and create an environment where future generations can promote, access, gather, cook, and eat their own food on their own terms.” – Sean Sherman, founder of NATIFS

NC Magazine | Spring 2024

Improving Health and Creating Opportunity with North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems

North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NĀTIFS) is a recipient of an Impact Grant from, the company’s social impact arm, as a part of its Pledge 1% commitment

November 21, 2023  |  Toast News

Native American Food Culture Revolution.

A new business by an Indigneous chef following a “restaurant that cannot be booked”.

December 25, 2023  |  Ryori Tsushin (The Cuisine Magazine) 

FERN talks to the Sioux Chef about the reality of a political restaurant

In FERN’s latest story, FERN Editor-in-Chief Theodore Ross talks with Sean Sherman, the Native American chef, author, and activist, about his restaurant Owamni and the politics of food. The interview was produced in partnership with Switchyard magazine as part of a special food issue.

November 30, 2023  |  The Fern

Some New Twin Cities Restaurants I Really Liked in 2023

The 9 new restaurants that most charmed and/or delighted Racket’s food and drink editor this year.

December 21, 2023  |  Racket

The Best new twin cities restaurants of 2023

Although 2023 seemed to fly by in a blur, this year served up some stellar new culinary staples across the Twin Cities. Renowned Native American chef Sean Sherman has done it again, this time serving up his nourishing Indigenous-focused fare at Midtown Global Market.

December 19, 2023  |  Artful Living

Here are 2023's eater award winners for the twin cities

It’s no secret that North American Indigenous food has emerged as one of the Cities’ defining cuisines in recent years, and Indigenous Food Lab — led by chef Sean Sherman of Owamni and the staff of the nonprofit North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) — made huge gains for accessibility when it opened at Midtown Global Market this year. 

December 6, 2023  |  Eater

NATIFS unveils new season of cooking videos in collaboration with USDA

A team of Indigenous chefs creates recipes to foster healthy eating habits using foraged and commodity ingredients. 

December 1, 2023  |  Red Lake Nation News 

2023 Indigenous Holiday Gift Guide

Founded by Oglala Lakota Sioux chef Sean Sherman, the Indigenous Food Lab is a professional Indigenous kitchen and training facility centered around Native traditions and Indigenous foods. The Lab has an online store featuring food and home products from a variety of Indigenous producers, as well as copies of Sherman’s James Beard Award winning book, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen.”


November 28, 2023  |  Dentons

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