- IAC has 12 full-time Technical Assistants in the field in all regions of Indian Country.
- Maintains a trademark for American Indian products from federally recognized tribes.
- Maintains the American Indian Foods Export Program to help Native-owned companies gain access to international markets. From 2014 to 2017, this program increased Native-owned food company sales internationally from $5 million to $12 million.
More Than 30 Years of Indian Agriculture Leadership
Land-based agricultural resources are vital to the economic and social welfare of many Native American and Alaskan Tribes. The harmonies of man, soil, water, air, vegetation and wildlife that collectively make-up the American Indian agriculture community, influence emotional and spiritual well-being for American Indian people. IAC strives to be a voice for those harmonies and a resource for Tribal enterprises and Native producers who work to sustain food systems and strengthen Tribal economies through food and agriculture. . IAC offers a wide range of services and technical assistance to Native food enterprises and producers, including direct on-the-ground technical assistance, conservation planning, marketing opportunities, business development, youth support, and the has ahighly successful American Indian Foods Export Program, which utilizes USDA Market Access Program (MAP) funds to help Native-owned food companies access lucrative international markets for their products
IAC has a regional membership of member Tribes and incorporates the voice of Native youth directly by maintaining a designated youth board seat for a representative of the Native Youth Food Sovereignty Alliance.
Rebuilding food systems is a critical part of solving for persistent poverty in Indian country. We need to address exploitation of our natural resources as well as our agricultural activity in the economy. -Zach Ducheneaux, Executive Director of IAC
Shaping Food Systems Through the Farm Bill
The IAC promotes the Indian use of Indian resources and contracts with federal agencies to maximize resources for tribal members emphasizing the harmonies of man, soil, water, air, vegetation and wildlife. As a founding member of the Native Farm Bill Coalition, the IAC was instrumental in seeing 63 Tribal-specific provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill, including the extension of “638” Tribal self-governance authority to U.S. Department of Agriculture programming for the first time. IAC’s thirty years of advocacy for Indian agriculture ensured that Tribal parity was upheld in the largest piece of federal legislation shaping food systems in this country.
For more information, please contact Intertribal Agriculture Council.
Ducheneaux, Zachary. Interview by Sarah Ballew, Headwater People. 6 June 2019.
Intertribal Agriculture Council Family of Sites. Indian Agriculture benefitting Indian people. https://www.indianag.org/