Mariah grew up in urban areas in Montana, only recognizing the consequence of food deserts after spending summers with her family on the Blackfeet Reservation. Diet-related health problems are prevalent in Indian Country, with half of Native youth expected to develop Type II Diabetes in their lifetimes. Forty miles from the nearest grocery store, she began working toward food sovereignty through hunting, harvesting, and growing. However, beyond access, she recognizes the need to create community excitement around Indigenous foods. Her educational business, Indigikitchen, teaches individuals about cooking with pre-contact ingredients both online and in community spaces.
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As a Blackfeet woman, Mariah approaches her work through both academic and ancestral knowledge. Looking at health beyond simple nutrition, she also stresses affordability, sustainability, and accessibility. She has been recognized as one of 25 Under 25 Leaders in Indian Country, a Champion for Change, and a Grist 50 “Fixer.”