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Controversial scholar walks away from Native food organizations


October 28, 2022

Elizabeth Hoover, an associate professor of environmental science, policy and management at the University of California Berkeley, is described as a "co-sponsor" of the Indigenous Community Learning Garden on campus. She also taught a spring 2022 course called "Indigenous Food Sovereignty." Photo by Adam Sings in the Timber / UC Berkeley

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.


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