Entering into a Community-University Collaboration

Reflections from Blue Mountain Associates


  • Virginia J. Sutter Blue Mountain Associates, Inc.




Reflective Essay, Food Dignity, Community-based Organizations, Wind River Reservation, Tribal, Indian, Native American


First paragraphs:

If I can do something to help my people, and to help other people understand Indian people better and to appreciate our culture, then I have done what my father asked me to do in 1969 when he asked me to come home to the reservation and help my people in whatever way I could. In the last 50 or 60 years of my life, with the assistance of other people, I have been able to make some changes.

When my son, Jim Sutter, and I came back home to Wind River Indian Reservation, we knew our people needed health and human services, not just more clinical services. We thought we espe­cially needed to help people with food and nutri­tion. More generally, I thought that other people—researchers, academics, historians—need a better picture of what we Indians are all about in ways that neither glorify us nor demean us. Too often we are portrayed only on one side or the other....

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Author Biography

Virginia J. Sutter, Blue Mountain Associates, Inc.

Founding Executive Director, Blue Mountain Associates, Inc.; Ft. Washakie, Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming



How to Cite

Sutter, V. J. (2018). Entering into a Community-University Collaboration: Reflections from Blue Mountain Associates. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 8(A), 13–15. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2018.08A.012



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