Acclaimed Native American chef and restaurant owner Sean Sherman gives you five Indigenous Native American purveyors to stock your shelves with.
Want to support Indigenous entrepreneurs while incorporating healthy, natural ingredients into your home meals? We chatted with chef Sean Sherman — founder of The Sioux Chef and the Minneapolis Native American restaurant Owamni — to get his go-to Native American purveyors, whose offerings are conveniently available online.
Here are Sean Sherman's top five Native vendors that are helping contribute to the flourishing of healthy, fresh, and authentic Native cuisine.
Bow & Arrow Brand
"This brand from the Ute Mountain tribe in southern Colorado is renowned for their high-quality products, including non-GMO cornmeal. Their items are really beautiful." bowandarrowbrand.com
Cheyenne River Buffalo Company
"We buy most of our bison from this company owned and operated by the Lakota Sioux tribe in South Dakota. We think it's important to support tribal purveyors, and they have been a valuable partner. We also support their efforts to bring bison populations back to the plains." wsidemeats.com/shop
"This is a Pima Indian-owned farming operation along the Gila River in Arizona. We purchase from them often, especially their tepary beans, which are amazing." store.ramonafarms.com
Red Cliff Fish Company
"We were so excited when this company opened! Located on the shores of Lake Superior, they are owned and operated by the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. We use a lot of their fish, like whitefish, lake trout, and other wild species." redclifffish.com
"This is a fantastic resource for real wild rice. It's all hand-harvested and processed by local tribal affiliates of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa." nativewisellc.net
Check out our full coverage of Sean Sherman's new Minneapolis restaurant Owamni here.
This article appears in our July 2023 issue, now available on newsstands and through our C&I Shop.