Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A'dae Romero Takes Leadership Role on Tribal Food Law / Food Sovereignty Issues

LL.M. candidate A'dae Romero has had a very busy Fall semester.  In addition to her classes, she has been actively involved with the Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative, working with Initiative Director, Janie Hipp.

Consider the remarkable list of A'dae's accomplishments in the last month.
  • She was interviewed by Susan Youmans for the radio broadcast, What's For Dinner? This informative interview discusses food sovereignty, food security, and the potential impact of the new produce food safety rules on many tribes.

  • A'dae delivered a presentation, Food Safety and Tribes, during a Plenary session at the First Nations Development Institute's LEAD conference for non-profit and Tribal food businesses. Also at the First Nations conference, she participated in the formation of the Native American Food Alliance.
  • Last week, she delivered a presentation to the National Congress of American Indians titled Food and the Tribal Economy.

Vena A-dae Romero (Cochiti Pueblo/Kiowa) was born and raised in Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. She co-founded serves as the Executive Director of Cochiti Youth Experience, Inc., a non-profit organization created to create opportunities for Cochiti youth to engage in traditional Pueblo farming as an important process to create a healthy, sustainable, and viable community.  A'dae also served as Pro Tem Judge for the Karuk Tribe of California before coming to Arkansas to attend the LL.M. Program.

A'dae has a remarkable list of accomplishments and service to indigenous peoples including serving as Special Assistant to the Governor, Pueblo de Cochiti; Grant writer, Big Valley Rancheria; Education Director, California Tribal TANF Partnership; Director of Native Vote 2006, National Congress of American Indians;  Tribal Advocate, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community;  Legislative Correspondent, Office of Senator Pete Domenici;  Assistant for Permanent Forum on Indigenous Affairs, The United Nations.

A'dae received her J.D. degree from Arizona State University College of Law where she participated in the Arizona State University American Indian Legal Program and the VITA Tax Preparation Program. She served as the Arizona State Lead for MTV Rock the Vote and co-founded Native-Poll-Ooza, Inc.  A'dae received her  B.A. from Princeton University with a major in Public and International Affairs.  She served as President of the Native Americans at Princeton.

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