Twin Cities chef prepares feast at Standing Rock

MN chef prepares feast at Standing Rock

MORTON COUNTY, North Dakota -- A St. Paul chef is spending Thanksgiving feeding hundreds of activists protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"Our focus is not Thanksgiving, it's more of an indigenous food day," said Brian Yazzie, a Navajo chef.

Yazzie works at "The Sioux Chef"--a Twin Cities catering company that plans to open an all indigenous restaurant.

"We focus on pre-colonial food, meaning no European ingredients... no gluten, no dairy, no processed sugar," said Yazzie, who spoke with KARE 11 from the Oceti Sakowin camp.

Yazzie is cooking that same way at the camp. After he visited Standing Rock a couple weeks ago, he decided to return the week of Thanksgiving with indigenous food.

Wednesday morning, he arrived with $35,000 worth of food donations and supplies. Some of the items on the menu: bison and hominy corn with dandelion greens, as well as roasted root vegetable with smoked salt and powdered sage.

"For me, I welcome to cook with anyone as long as they understand the history, the historical trauma of today and what it represents," he said.

Jane Fonda and Shailene Woodley are among the celebrities who are serving meals at a "Water Protectors Community Appreciation Dinner" on Thursday. Yazzie said he teamed up with some of the other chefs to create a feast for people unable to attend that dinner.

Yazzie plans on returning to the Twin Cities on Sunday.


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