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Organization Profile


Point of Contact: Mary Beth Jager (Research Coordination Team Member)

E-mail Address:

Phone Number: 406.461.5531

Region: Southwest Region,

Type of Organization: Other academic institution and program,

Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network

The goal of Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network (IFKN) is to develop a network of Indigenous leaders, citizens, and scholars (both indigenous and non-indigenous) to build research and community capacity in relation to food sovereignty and resilience.IFKN bridges gaps between Arctic and US Southwest Indigenous knowledge systems for food and knowledge sovereignty. Indigenous Peoples in these two regions share common challenges around sustaining, revitalizing, and adapting food and knowledge practices in the context of environmental and social change. The network is built through in-person meetings that feature learning from the land and from Indigenous community hosts, as well as utilizing technologies including webinars, blogs, and photos on our website ( to share and exchange stories. Storytelling is a critical Indigneous methodology for ensuring that knowledge is transmitted across generations. IFKN principles include utilizing Indigenous research processes and supporting community priorities, embracing and respecting traditional knowledge systems, and supporting Indigenous languages as a critical component of food and knowledge systems. This Network takes action, works across multiple scales, advocates for ethical research and data partnerships, connects across generations, and establishes a network of networks The Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network held its inaugural meeting in March 2018 at the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) in Arizona, hosted by the GRIC Department of Environmental Quality. Additional meetings were held on Tohono O’odham lands (March 2019, hosted by Sustainable Nations) and at Chickaloon Village, Alaska (June, 2019, hosted by Chickaloon Traditional Council). IFKN also participated in the Festival of Northern Fishing traditions in Tornio, Finland (October 2018). The network is overseen by an Indigenous steering committee and coordinated by a team of researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Arizona. IFKN is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs through a four-year research coordination network grant (2017-2021). The network contributes to two of NSF’s “ten big ideas,” including “Growing Convergence Research” and “Navigating the New Arctic.”