Part restaurant and part training center, the Indigenous Food Lab in Minneapolis wants to help Native communities develop the infrastructure to support a traditional food culture while also promoting healthier options and reaching out beyond Native communities. Even before opening this past June, award-winning Oglala Lakota chef Sean Sherman and his team distributed 10,000 meals per week to tribal communities, homeless encampments, and low-income housing districts. Since opening this past June, the Lab has been training chefs to teach others about Indigenous ingredients and how to use them with the goal of inspiring chefs and translating into more Native-owned and -operated food businesses. Mni Sota Fund is launching a $10 million campaign to acquire and renovate a building to serve as an Indigenous wealth-building center.

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