Tatanka Truck Brings Native American Ancestral Cuisine To The Streets of Minnesota
As the culinary craftsman for Tatanka Truck, Minnesota’s first indigenous food truck, Sherman is taking Dakota, Lakota, and Ojibwe-influenced eats, with a fresh spin, to the streets.
Born and raised on Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, Sherman started cooking around age 13 in steakhouses and tourist restaurants in the Black Hills. After graduating from Black Hills State University, he moved to Minneapolis, became a chef, and immersed himself in the organic food scene. A member of the Oglala Lakota tribe, Sherman wanted to write a cookbook that featured the flavors and tastes from Lakota culture, but in a modern context. He spent three years researching, during which time his authorial endeavor morphed into an idea for a restaurant called The Sioux Chef. Sherman started catering under that brand name in 2014, which led to opportunities for education, outreach, and speaking engagements about the health benefits of a Native American diet.
At one of those talks, Sherman was approached by members of Little Earth, a housing community for Native Americans in Minneapolis. They had recently purchased a food truck and asked Sherman to work in partnership with them on the concept, design, and the menu for the truck. Sherman won’t be serving the “oppression food.”