Controversial scholar walks away from Native food organizations
October 28, 2022
A controversial scholar who claimed to be Native for decades has ended her relationships with two prominent Native food organizations.
Elizabeth Hoover, a professor at the University of California in Berkeley, built her career on the backs of the Native food sovereignty movement. Yet in a statement disavowing her claimed tribal affiliations, she said she hoped to continue her efforts in the space - so long as she felt welcome.
"Going forward, I will continue to passionately support food sovereignty and environmental justice movements in Native communities where and when I am invited to do so," Hoover, who is more commonly known as Liz, said in a "Statement about Identity" posted on her recently-created website.