2024 Eastern Regional Summit

May 14-15, 2024

The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) is hosting the 2024 Eastern Regional Summit at the Paragon Casino & Resort in Marksville, Louisiana. This summit aims to highlight the Eastern Region and host community’s Tribal food sovereignty efforts, strengthen intertribal food networks, and create a platform for Tribal farmers to better access resources and support provided by IAC, USDA, and partner organizations. Attendees will gain insight into useful resources for Tribal agricultural/food operations and natural resources departments through presentations, face-to-face interaction with experts, and interactive outdoor demonstrations. Learn more about the event below, and register to join us!

2024 Eastern Regional Summit

IAC is excited to highlight Brit Reed, Choctaw, who will be the 2024 Eastern Regional Summit chef!

In terms of cooking, during her time in both The Evergreen State College Reservation-Based Community Determined Program & Master in Public Administration, Tribal Concentration programs, she focused on her research on native history broadly, Choctaw history, and what we talk about now as Food Sovereignty. After graduating from Evergreen, Reed then attended and graduated from Seattle Culinary Arts at Seattle Central College - focusing on native foods, Coast Salish foods, and Choctaw traditional foods in addition to a variety of other cuisines. Reed has been a member of the I-Collective since 2017. The I-Collective is a collective of Indigenous chefs, cooks, knowledge keepers, seed keepers, artists, and activists. Through them, she had the opportunity to cook with many native chefs and travel the country to different tribal communities to cook with and learn from - and share the knowledge that she has as well. Brit worked at the Tulalip Diabetes Program as a Food Service Provider - primarily cooking for the community through the program and teaching cooking classes. From 2017-2019, she was the cook for Yappali. For that program, she cooked on the Trail of Tears for the women and staff who rewalked it in order to connect with the vision of life, love, and health that the ancestors have for us. Additionally, Reed is a 2022 James Beard Foundation Chef Bootcamp Alumni. Finally, she is a member of the American Culinary Corp. While she is proud of all these accomplishments, having learned her love of food and cooking from her parents, it's cooking for the community that is the most important to her and where she gets her most fulfillment from.


Paragon Casino Resort

711 Paragon Pl, Marksville, LA 71351

To book your rooming accommodation at the Paragon Casino Resort, you will need to secure it by calling the number below with the booking code. When calling for a reservation, please refer to the booking codes below for your request to be handled as efficiently as possible.

Phone Number: (800) 946-1946

Booking Code: "Intertribal Agriculture Council" and/or "INM13GR"

Book your room by Wednesday, May 1st, 2024.

IAC Staff Contacts

Mackenize Martinez

Interregional Manager - East

Phone: (318) 602-7407

Email: [email protected]

Angie Comeaux

Technical Assistance Specialist - Southeast

Phone: (334) 552-1630

Email: [email protected]