Featured Native Creatives

Collaborators FEED our work!

Please meet the Native Creatives that FEED has had the honor of working with:

Leslie LaFountaine-Bill is the Sustainability Food Systems Educator at Muckleshoot Tribal School. She is a motorcycle riding, dirt under her fingernails, spicy Chippewa who proudly grew up in Tacoma WA.  She started her teaching journey with a passion for sustainability through gardening and learning/teaching traditional medicines. Her teaching position has now grown into many different levels of sustainability. She teaches in the garden, in the forest, along the rivers and in classrooms. These lessons include gardening, composting, traditional medicines, forestry, salmon life cycle, water conservation, recycling, healthy eating practices and food sovereignty.  Leslie has a Masters’ in Education and is certified in Herbal Medicines. Leslie Collaborated with FEEDs Culturally Significant Foods project to produce agricultural products to include with food distributions for the Muckleshoot tribal community!

Amenda Butler-Smith is a member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. She is a compassionate youth services employee, and a Coach for the Dream Catcher’s Academy which she founded for Native Girls to excel in basketball at all levels. Through her basketball program, and coaching she began to create team merchandise and uniforms for the Dream Catchers. This design experience has led Amenda to create shirts, shorts, and other clothing for Native people by Native people! She is a passionate parent, youth advocate, and athlete! FEED collaborated with Amenda to create canvas bags to distribute the Culturally Significant Food Bundles to our Tribal Elders. She also made T-shirts and masks for our Feed Team to wear during food distribution so we could meet COVID-19 protocol’s, and still FEED our community!

Rosa Maldonado is a member of the Muckleshoot Tribe, and a phenomenal Traditional Food, and Medicine teacher at the Muckleshoot Culture Department. Rosa works in her community to promote health, and recovery from substances through traditional health and wellness practices and incorporating traditional foods with a contemporary flare. Rosa leads by example and is always willing to share her knowledge and gifts with her people! Rosa developed a special recipe for Feeds Culturally Significant Foods Project, which was distributed to all of the families that received food distribution. This recipe highlights how to cook salmon, and other traditional foods to support Traditional Food access. The recipe is “Baked Coho on a bed of wild rice with maple squash”, highlighting Coho Salmon which was the seasonal protein in the Culturally Significant Food bundles.