Shiloh Maples

A photo of Shiloh Maples

Part-Time Lecturer

Social Work

319 Marshall


[email protected]


Shiloh is an Anishinaabe educator, community organizer, and food system consultant. She earned her BSW degree from Eastern Michigan University. She earned her MSW from University of Michigan, where she specialized in community organizing.

Following her formal education, Shiloh worked in Detroit’s Indigenous community developing culturally-based programming addressing health disparities and organizing around issues of food justice.

In addition to teaching, Shiloh currently works with regional and national organizations to build a more healthy, equitable, and sustainable food systems. Most of her work focuses on organizing for racial equity in the food system, addressing economic and health disparities through culturally-relevant programming, and building community capacity for food sovereignty. Shiloh also offers community workshops on racial equity and food justice.


  • SWRK 451 Social Work Practice with People of Color


Presentations and Papers

  • 2020 Local Indigenous History & Foodways (morning plenary), Ypsilanti, MI Washtenaw County Local Food Summit
  • 2019  Recovering Space for Ancestral Foodways, Ann Arbor, MI University of Michigan Campus Farm Summer Speaker Ethnobotany Series
  • 2019 Returning to Ourselves: Mending Relationships to Land, Kin andSelf, Ann Arbor, MI Ann Arbor District Library
  • 2019 Reclaiming Ancestral, Land-Based Wellness Practices, Kalamazoo, MI, Racial Equity in the Food System Summit
  • 2018 Creating Space & Opportunities for Urban Indians in Food Sovereignty, San Diego, CA American Public Health Association conference
  • 2018 Coming Full Circle: Reclaiming Ancestral Foodways, Ann Arbor, MI Washtenaw County Local Food Summit
  • 2018 Sacred Roots: Recovering Ancestral Foodways, Detroit, MI Detroit Food Policy Council, Detroit Food Summit
  • 2017 Our Bodies Tell Our Histories: Recovering Land, Life, and Foodways in Native America, New Buffalo, MI : Partnership for Family Wellness Conference
  • 2017 Our Bodies Tell Our Histories Detroit, MI Detroit Food Policy Council, Detroit Food Summit
  • 2016 Our Bodies Tell Our Histories: Recovering Land, Life, and Foodways in Native America, Detroit, MI : New Detroit Multicultural Leadership Series
  • 2015-2017 Digital Storytelling workshops. Detroit, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribe, Little Traverse Band of Odawa.
  • 2015 Connecting the Movements: Food Sovereignty in Detroit and the Global South Detroit panel, MI, University of Michigan Detroit Center
  • 2015 Biiskaabiiyang Maada'oonidiwag. Aadizookaan: Returning To Ourselves by Sharing Our Sacred Stories, Battle Creek, MI : Native American Critical Issues Conference

Community Leadership & Services

  • 2020-Present  Advisory Board Member, Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan State University
  • 2018-2019  Kresge Land Acknowledgement Expedition, initiative co-led with Kresge Foundation Racial Equity in Philanthropy Fellow, Kresge Foundation
  • 2018-Present  Community-At-Large Council Member,Detroit Food Policy Council
  • 2018-Present  Native American Spiritual Services Volunteer,Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility
  • 2016-Present  Alpha Chapter Advisory Board Member, Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority

Scholarly/Research Interests

  • Practice with Indigenous communities, culturally-based program development, racial equity, food justice and sovereignty movements, critical food studies, Self-Determination Theory