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Indigenous American Chefs Are Drawing Crowds, Hoping Funding Follows

The oldest cuisine in America is having a new moment, and leaders like Sean Sherman (aka the Sioux Chef) aim to spread the opportunity around.

Owamni co-founder Sean Sherman, aka the Sioux Chef, is a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe.

Owamni co-founder Sean Sherman, aka the Sioux Chef, is a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe.

Photographer: Ackerman + Gruber for Bloomberg Businessweek

Want to try the oldest cuisine in America? Expect to wait.

At least that’s the case at Owamni in Minneapolis, where diners have to book seven weeks ahead. The year-old dining room was popular even before it was named best new restaurant at the James Beard Awards in June. It’s the highest-profile eatery among a growing number that are highlighting ingredients and dishes from the country’s first inhabitants.