Growing change: Homegrown food is one safety net in a less stable world for Native Americans


February 20, 2017

Andromeda Na’lniitr’e’sdvm Lopez grew up on canned meat, canned juice, white flour and evaporated milk. It was common fare for her tribe, the Tolowa Dee-ni’. But at 21, Lopez had a diabetes scare while pregnant and knew her diet had to change.

“I didn’t want to continue eating the way I was raised,” she said. Lopez, now 30, is a single mom in the far northwestern corner of California, where the Tolowa Dee-ni’s’ traditional home is cut into a quilt-work of reservation, county and city land. She tries her best to include vegetables in every meal, but Lopez said it gets expensive.


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