Return to First Medicines and Indigenous Food Life Ways for Health

The Return to First Medicines Gathering is Remembering What We Always Knew. We are the Medicine, We are still here and We are Reclaiming our roots.

A gathering for Adults and Youth to learn about sacred medicines, growing traditional foods, maternal health, and self-care. Get inspiration and knowledge to help you protect the land, feed the soil and plant the seed for the next generations.
September 12-14, 2022
Monday, 7 AM to
Wednesday, Noon
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel,
Prior Lake, MN

General Admission $75,
Youth and elders free.
Meals included. Lodging is separate.
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Entertainment: Youth Fashion Show - culture is prevention.

Bring your goods for barter and trade – whatever is growing in your garden or you have cooked or made.

Are you an organization interested in becoming an event sponsor or individual community members interested in having a vendor table? Please reach out to Suzanne at suzannen @

Clockwise from top left:

Chef Nico Albert (ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ Cherokee Nation) is the founder and owner of Burning Cedar Indigenous Foods in Tulsa Oaklahoma. Nico devotes her time and passion for the revitalization of indigenous cuisine to promote healing and wellness in the Native American community.

Ojibwe elder Ogimaagwaneebiik (Nancy Jones), from Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation and Ojibwe language and culture expert. (Presenting via Zoom)

Waylon Pahona, Jr., Hopi & Tewa/ Maricopa, grew up on the Hopi Reservation and is the founder and creator of Healthy Active Natives (HANs). Motivated by his own father’s struggle with poor health and diabetes, Waylon started HANs as a space for Natives of all fitness levels to use positive reinforcement to lift one another even when positive changes seem impossible.

Dr. Terry M. Maresca is a family medicine doctor in Seattle, Washington and frequent speaker at the Return to First Medicines Gathering. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

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Minneapolis, MN 55404