South Dakota chef revitalizing Native American cuisine

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A chef with roots on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is eager to bring the food of his culture to a bigger audience.

Sean Sherman is preparing to open a restaurant in the Minneapolis area with a big boost from online fundraising. Sherman is an Oglala Lakota who says food is a "cultural identifier" that makes American Indians who they are.

His menus have featured such dishes as maple- and cedar-stewed bison; smoked walleye and fried sunchoke crisps; and sumac-stewed rabbit.

Sherman has a cookbook due out next fall. He hopes his style of cooking can become a model to improve nutrition in tribal communities that sometimes lack food options.

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