Navajo Nation | Gallup, NM
For nearly ten years, COPE has been partnering with health care teams and community advocates across the Navajo Nation to advance indigenous solutions to systemic barriers affecting health outcomes. Their work increases healthy food access and builds long-term capacity locally to maintain health.
Minneapolis, MN | Hugo, MN
Dream of Wild Health seeks to restore health and well-being in the Native community by recovering knowledge of and access to healthy Indigenous foods, medicine, and lifeways. Dream of Wild Health works to accomplish this mission by utilizing cultural methods to promote local food access through seed collection, farmers markets and food sharing. Staff regularly engage youth throughout their programs and scholarship opportunities.
Providence, Rhode Island
Elizabeth Hoover, Assistant Professor of American and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, and Angelo Baca (Navajo and Hopi), filmmaker, conduct interviews and visit gardens managed by Native communities across the country. This project started through a collaborative with the Mohawk farming and gardening organization Kanenhi:io lonkwaienthon:hakie (We Are Planting Good Seeds), a collective of farmers, educators, food activists, and youth working to educate and motivate the community of Akwesasne to grow good food.
Longmont, CO | Albuquerque, NM
Founded in 1980, First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-year 2019, we have successfully managed 1,648 grants totaling more than $34.9 million to Native American projects and organizations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and American Samoa. FNDI’s grantmaking program provides both financial and technical resources to tribes and Native nonprofit organizations to support asset-based development efforts.
Honor the Earth seeks to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop both financial and political resources necessary for sustainable Native communities. Through its Food Security grant program, Honor the Earth promotes Native-led efforts in food sovereignty by leveraging trainings, engagements, and other resources offered by grassroots organizations and Tribal governments to draft Tribal food policy.
The I-Collective stands for four principles: Indigenous, Inspired, Innovative, and Independent. An autonomous group of Indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, seed, and knowledge keepers, the I-Collective strives to open a dialogue and create a new narrative that highlights not only historical Indigenous contributions, but also promotes Tribal community’s resilience and innovations in gastronomy, agriculture, the arts, and society at large.
Fayetteville, AR | University of Arkansas
The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) focuses on putting tribal sovereignty in food sovereignty, promoting tribally driven solutions to revitalize and advance traditional food systems and diversified economic development throughout Indian Country. IFAI provides Tribal governments, producers, and food businesses with educational resources, policy research, and strategic legal analysis as a foundation for building robust food economies.
Whitney Sawney, firstname.lastname@example.org
Billings, MT | Eagle Butte, SD
The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) pursues and promotes the conservation, development, and use of Tribal agricultural resources for the betterment of Native communities. IAC works on behalf of individual Indian producers and Tribal enterprises through a variety of programs and services, including direct technical assistance to Indian producers, facilitating entry of Native agricultural products to international markets, maintaining the “Made/Produced by American Indians” trademark for agricultural products, and supporting on-farm/-ranch conservation planning.
Persall coaches leaders and teams, and has over 20 years of experience working as an executive director and organization development leader as the Executive Director of Native Americans in Philanthropy, and Associate Director of The Headwaters Foundation for Justice. Awarded a 2010 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship she focused on coaching, indigenous leadership and culturally informed organization development.
American Indian Cancer Foundation, Executive Co-Director Dream Wild Health
Watoto Unyutapi- a field guide to edible wild plants of the Dakota People
Sitting Bull College
Fort Yates, ND
The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) provides grants to eligible organizations for business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to support Native farmers and ranchers.
Media contact: Karli Moore, media@NativeAmericanAgricultureFund.org
The Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance is dedicated to restoring, supporting, and developing Indigenous food systems through best practices, resource management, and advocacy that ensures food security and health of future generations. Through this work, NAFSA supports the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network and food and culinary mentorship for Indigenous peoples, in addition to supporting other food sovereignty events.
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM
The Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3) is a national, award-winning Native American nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing Native American childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. The NB3 Foundation invests in evidence-based, community-driven and culturally relevant programs that promote health, physical activity and nutrition, ensuring healthy futures for Native American children and their communities.
The Oneida Community Integrated Food Systems (OCIFS) group is here as a team to help families by housing a community food system that will include traditional food products and help create a local economy that will provide jobs, and promote and encourage long term solutions to farm and nutrition issues on the Oneida Reservation.
Chairman, Jeff Scofield, Agricultural Director- email@example.com or 920-833-7952
Preschool curriculum, cook book, Tundra to Table cooking series, family nutrition
Restoring, supporting and developing Indigenous food systems through best practices and advocacy that place Indigenous peoples at the center of national, Tribal and local policies and natural resources management to ensure food security and health of all future generations
National Program Coordinator, Indigenous Seedkeepers Network; Director and Founder, Sierra Seeds
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Important work to solve the problems of Indian nutrition is already being done by many tribes, nonprofits, public health experts, researchers, and advocates on a localized basis. But much more work remains to be done to raise awareness, spread knowledge, create capacity for change, and develop additional solutions. Seeds of Native Health is a multifaceted national campaign to improve Native American nutrition and is supported by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The effort includes grant-making, sharing of best practices, capacity-building, sponsored research, and educational initiatives.
Director of Land and Natural Resources Dept. at Skakopee: Stephen Albrecht, Operations Administrator
Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (KKV) was formed by the Kalihi Valley community as a non-profit corporation in 1972, in response to the absence of accessible and appropriate health care services for the valley’s low-income, Asian and Pacific Island immigrant population. Today, KKV employs staff who are fluent in 20 Asian and Pacific Island languages and dialects, and work out of nine locations throughout the valley—including two of the largest public housing communities in the State of Hawai‘i—and 100 acres of leased State Park land at the back of Kalihi Valley.
Where the Sioux Chef works to revitalize Native American cuisine, their counterparts at North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) are dedicated to addressing the economic and health crises affecting Native communities by re-establishing Native foodways. NATIFS is launching the Indigenous Food Lab as a place for culinary and restaurant incubation for cuisine incorporating Native traditions and indigenous foods.
The Intertribal Agriculture council Technical Assistance Centers were established to increase access and use of USDA programs and services by Indian producers and Tribes.
Crown Pointe, NM
Hosted by Andi Murphy (Navajo), producer for the popular national radio call-in show Native America Calling, Toasted Sister is a podcast showcasing Indigenous food traditions and the ways that Native chefs and food activists are revitalizing these traditions today. The podcast took first place for general excellence in the professional division II in radio and podcasting at the Native American Journalists Association 2019 National Native Media awards.
Toasted Sisters Podcast
Valerie is a native nutrition educator who specializes in local and traditional foods. As an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, she serves her community as the coordinator of Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project and also works as the Traditional Foods and Medicines Program Manager. In 2010 she co-authored the book Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture. She is a Kellogg Fellow at the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy. Valerie inspires and enlightens others about the importance of a nutrient-dense diet through a simple, common-sense approach to eating.
Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project