As knowledge about the constellating set of environmental and social crises stemming from the neoliberal global food regime becomes more  popularized among US consumers, it has brought Indigenous actors asserting their political sovereignty and treaty rights into new collaborations, contestations, and negotiations with settlers in emerging food politics domains.


In my dissertation, I examined food system re-localization projects in Coast Salish territories in South Puget Sound, locating them in ongoing histories of settler territorialization that simultaneously disavow and presuppose the elimination of Indigenous sovereignties and futurities. Ranging from an emerging politics around the development of transnational aquaculture infrastructures to produce and distribute genetically engineered salmon, to the expansion of organic farmland on still contested Indigenous lands, and the revitalization of Coast Salish food and medicinal plants knowledge, I explored the way liberal, Marxian, and decolonizing emancipatory politics collide within food system transformation work in unacknowledged ways. Building on Indigenous critical scholarship, I pointed to the limits of the currently envisioned horizon for  food system change, and pointed to ways to foreground relations with Indigenous lands and sovereignties in and through food activism.