Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM PDT
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 3:00 PM PDT

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The Market Commons
1901 Western Ave Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98101

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Francesca Murnan
Urban Indian Health Institute

Decolonizing Diets: Traditional Foods and Beverages for Urban Indians 

Please join the Urban Indian Health Institute for a free two-day session on traditional food and beverages in Seattle, WA. There are no registration fees associated with this event. To register, please fill out the form by clicking below.


Due to limited capacity, priority enrollment will be give to employees of the following eligible organizations:

  • Urban Indian Health Programs, as defined by Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act;
  • Methanmphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) or Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) Indian Health Service funded organizations; and
  • National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) member organizations.

All other registrants will be placed on a wait list and if space is available, representatives of other organizations will be notified on May 9th, 2018. Thank you for interest!

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Session Description

Join us for this two-day workshop as traditional foods educators Valerie Segrest and Elise Krohn share tools and teaching tips for promoting Native health and resilience. On the first day, participants will explore food as medicine through group discussions, cooking and sampling recipes. On the second day, participants will learn how to use the Native Infusion Teaching Toolkit, which promotes ancestral beverages and educates people about the connection between sugary drinks and chronic diseases such as diabetes. Handouts, recipes, posters and other education materials will be available for educators to share.

The Gift of Traditional Foods, May 23 9am - 5pm
Native Infusions, May 24 9am - 3 pm


About the Speakers 

Valerie Segrest, BSN, M.S., is a native nutrition educator and activist who specializes in local and traditional foods. As an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, she serves her community by working to inspire and educate others about the importance of a nutrient-dense diet through a simple, common sense approach to eating.

Elise Krohn, M.Ed. is an educator, author, herbalist, and native foods specialist in the Pacific Northwest. She is committed to cultivating healing relationships between people, plants, place and cultural traditions. Elise leads the Tend, Gather and Grow Project – which teaches youth about wild foods and medicines at Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB).


Event Logistics 

Travel Scholarships

Thank you for your interest in accessing our limited travel scholarships. All travel scholarships have been filled for this event.


A limited number of rooms will be offered 4/19-5/4 at a group rate of $194 at the Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Airport/28th Ave, 18850 28th Avenue S SeaTac, WA 98188. To reserve under the group rate, call the hotel at (206) 244-5044 and use the group code UIH or book online:

1. Navigate to www.seattleairport28thavenuesuites.hamptoninn.com

2. Enter arrival and departure dates (5/22 and 5/23)

3. Under "Add Special Rate Codes", enter the group code UIH to get the group rate.

If you need to book after 5/4/18, please call 206-748-2804. If the block of rooms has been filled, please make alternate lodging arrangements of your choice.


The Pike Place Market Commons is easily accesible by Link Light Rail. Parking is available at the Pike Place Public Market Garage for $4/hour or $24/day. Parking and ground transportation will not be refunded by UIHI.

If you have travel questions, please contact Megan McDermott, Project Assistant at (206) 812-3030.

If you have program questions, please contact Francesca Murnan, Program Manager at (206) 812-3048.