Year of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Type

Master of Arts (MA)

Degree Name


Department or School/College

Department of Anthropology

Committee Chair

Gregory R. Campbell

Commitee Members

Richard Sattler, Blakely D. Brown


Food Security, Pyramid Lake, Political Ecology, Co


University of Montana


Native Americans are widely known as one of the most economically disadvantaged populations in the United States. Anglo-European imposed socioeconomic structures altering the landscape have interrupted the culturally specific behaviors associated with food security: access to food resources, the control of food production, its distribution, which has influenced how people go about preparing culturally specific foods today. In order to understand food security in this study area, it is essential to show how individuals have maintained access to food resources within the existent ethnohistorical literature. Second, to demonstrate the local perceptions about food through interviews conducted with tribal members who discuss commodities and their distribution, the ways people go about preparing these foods, and how individuals want to maintain access to healthy food in the future.

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