Food as Power, Growing as Resistance

Kendall Kubis



Kendall Kubis is a 3rd year undergraduate student studying Neuroscience, Global Health, and Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is interested in food security and environmental toxicology and, specifically, how these two come together to impact child health and development. Kendall hopes to continue to study these intersections through pursuing an MD/PhD, intending to use this knowledge to combat health disparities in remote areas. Other interests and hobbies include gardening, reading, and embroidering (@kendalls.crafts on IG). 


This essay discusses Indigenous food sovereignty, looking at the cultural significance of wild rice and how

federal nutrition programs serve as a form of ongoing colonialism.

I am passionate about restoring our relationship to the land and our food and practice food

sovereignty through involvement with Wild Roots Garden on campus. I decided upon this research

topic as part of ENV_POL 390: Red Power, Indigenous Resistance in the US and Canada.

I think that there is a lot left to study in terms of the ways in which colonialism continues to threaten

foodways through an erasure of culturally-significant seeds like manoomin. Furthermore, there is not much

research explaining the underenrollment of Indigneous peoples in federal nutrition assisstance programs —

this essay puts forth one posssible explanation. Continued research would be necessary to establish the exact

causation of this trend. Understanding this resistance is vital in combatting food insecurity and unlearning colonial


I am hoping to purse an MD/PhD and work to combat food insecurity and healthcare shortages in rural

areas. I would like to continue researching the intersections of health, food, environment, and development

to apply this knowledge to clinical work.