American Indian Health and Diet Project

The goals of the AIHDP are to bring to light the health problems faced by indigenous peoples, to understand how we came to our unhealthy situations and what we can do about them. You will find no fry bread recipes here! This site also focuses on connecting with the natural world, finding ways to do our part to be responsible consumers and to halt environmental degradation.

Also see my Facebook page, Indigenous Eating, for more food ideas.

NEW: Medicinal Plants Used by the Five Tribes (Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Muscogees and Seminoles)

Check out my Environment and Garden blog, Yakni Achukma (The Good Land)

Baldwin Bobcat pouncingA bobcat pounces on a field mouse behind my neighbor's house.

A Tour of the Baker Wetlands in Lawrence, KS:

Deer in wetlands

Coming Soon: Plants Used by tribes in Indian Territory

corn in indian territory

My current book project, Surviving Indian Territory, is an exploration of how tribes lived in Indian Territory, post removal through the depression. I'll be posting selected excerpts of chapters from volume one, "The Five Tribes," on medicinal, food, and dye plants and how one can grow these in the home garden.

Look at my page, A Run in Baldwin City, to see how to make your workout more fun by chronicling it.

run in Baldwin City


About the American Indian Health website

It is overseen by Devon A. Mihesuah, enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
My website link


All website photographs by Devon A. Mihesuah.

enchiladas turkey chili
chile squashes
sweet pots bison
Tosh butterfly squash blossom




THIRD ANNUAL Week of Eating IndIgenous Foods: In Support of Martin Reinhardt's Decolonizing Diet Project, NOV. 3-9, 2013

See Indigenous Eating Facebook page for more information and ideas

Puerto Rican snapper

Puerto Rican foods

foods for the ancestors

List of Food Films

Puerto Rico

Pictures of Puerto Rico above.

Suggestions for Diabetics

Suggestions for diabetics.

Tosh, Josh and mulch
Tosh and Josh unload mulch.

Below: My interview in the Chronicle of Higher Education, April 25, 2010 "Saving American Indians' Diet"

Devon CHEd

If you are writing about indigenous food and/or health, please keep in mind that if you plan to utilize contributions from here, it is appropriate to cite this website.


Devon A. Mihesuah
Cora Lee Beers Price Professor
Humanties and Western Civilization

The University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., 308 Bailey Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045-7574
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