With the success of his Indigenous food truck Tatanka Truck, its only natural that Chef Sean Sherman wants to emulate that same success with a brick and mortar restaurant. Yet this would be no ordinary restaurant, more of a cultural hub for the surrounding Minneapolis community.
Culture is the weave that holds people together. At the center of culture is food: This is a sacred element which connects family with neighbors, friends, and distant relatives across generations. In our country, we get to enjoy neighborhood Italian or Chinese restaurants, where patrons re-connect with what was the glue for grandparents and their parents before them. Yet, where are our First Peoples foods and accompanying restaurants? What is the Indigenous cuisine that weaves together and builds our original nations of the Lakota, Ojibwa, Iroquois, or Yurok? How strong can culture be, without our Indigenous foods sustaining us, connecting us to our ancestors?
Today, we have an opportunity to celebrate the historic foods of each North American region, starting with the foods of the Dakota and Ojibwa. Under the guidance of Chef Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Reservation, the first all Indigenous Native American restaurant can become this sacred gathering place.
Our First Nations mastered wild edibles, wild game and fish, and refined heirloom seeds that have been domesticated for centuries. With over 500 tribes across the country, these cultures and their accompanying flavors and food systems were diverse and rich. It is time for The Sioux Chef, an Indigenous Kitchen to become a gathering place for exceptional pre-colonial food, a culinary training center for Native peoples, and a new celebration of our American culture.
Be a part of a new relationship with Indian Country. Sit at our table. Pass a bowl of bison with a chokecherry demi-glaze over wild greens. Drink a cup of cedar tea. We have a new history to write over a beautiful, perfect meal.
The Sioux Chef team wants your help to open the first all Indigenous restaurant featuring the foods of our region, namely the Minnesota and Dakota territories. These are the foods of many great cultures including the Ojibwe, Dakota, Lakota, Hidatsa, Arikara, Mandan, Cheyenne, Crow, Arapaho, Winnebago, Ho-Chunk and more!
Chef Sean Sherman is Oglala Lakota and was born on Pine Ridge Reservation in SD, and one day he asked, “Why is it that you can find cuisine from all over the world in our many great cities, but not the food that comes from right under our feet, the food that is Native to our regions and the Indigenous Peoples?” We want to change that and we want you to help us redefine Native American Foods for the modern world!
Within 24 hours they've already secured 10% of their goal of $100,000! If you believe in access to authentic, healthy Indigenous cuisine then maybe you will consider donating too. As with any Kickstarter campaign, there are cool perks for those who donate. Depending on your pledge level you can get stickers, a t-shirt, signed cookbook, invitations to special events and more.
Visit their Kickstarter page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/siouxchef/the-sioux-chef-a-native-american-restaurant/ to learn more about the project and how to contribute!