The melons ripened just in time for our annual powwow on the Ioway Reservation near White Cloud, Kansas. The summer’s near-record heat and drought that engulfed much of the region was slightly less intense on our lands near the Missouri River, which allowed us to get a relatively good crop of blue hubbard squash, white corn, red amaranth, and yellow watermelon without a drop of irrigation. Read more
Brett Ramey is the first generation of his family raised in a city away from both his mother's reservation (Ioway) and the small farming community in Northeast Kansas where his father's family has farmed for five generations. For over a decade he has been working with young people to reconnect to land-based knowledge in both urban and rural Native communities through on-the-ground food sovereignty and public art projects. He writes for his blog Hóragewi here.