April 14, 2021

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Is Food In You

6 Indigenous-owned dining places and food stands in metro Phoenix

5 min read

This year Gov. Doug Ducey signed a proclamation recognizing Oct. 12 as Indigenous Peoples Working day, a move state Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai has been pushing for since 2013. Although it does not swap Columbus Day as a state holiday, the proclamation says that Arizona acknowledges Indigenous people, the 1st inhabitants of the Americas, have endured historic injustices. 

These injustices even led to the formation of fry bread, one particular of the most mainstream food items in Indigenous cuisine with a dim previous. In an attempted genocide, the U.S. forced the Navajo men and women in current-day Arizona to walk 300 miles to what’s now jap New Mexico. Following forcing the Navajo people today on to land in which they could no longer develop their common crops, the governing administration gave them flour, sugar, salt and lard — the substances that make up fry bread.

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