Native American Foods & Health
First Nations Development Institute recognizes that accessing healthy food is a challenge for many Native American children and families. Without access to healthy food, a nutritious diet and good health are out of reach. To increase access to healthy food, we support tribes and Native communities as they build sustainable food systems that improve health, strengthen food security and increase the control over Native agriculture and food systems. First Nations provides this assistance in the form of financial and technical support, including training materials, to projects that address agriculture and food sectors in Native communities.
First Nations also undertakes research projects that build the knowledge and understanding of Native agriculture and food systems issues, and inform Native communities about innovative ideas and best practices. We also participate in policy forums that help develop legislative and regulatory initiatives within this sector. First Nations supports a regional and national network of Native food sector and related organizations.
Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative
In 2012, First Nations awarded 31 grants totaling $905,000 to 29 Native organizations dedicated to increasing food access and improving the health and nutrition of Native children and families. The Native American Food System Initiative (NAFSI) grant is intended to help tribes and Native communities build sustainable food systems such as community gardens, food banks, food pantries and/or other agricultural projects related to Native food-systems control. These 31 grants were made possible by the generous support of the AARP Foundation, The Christensen Fund, CHS Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Advocacy and Outreach, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Walmart Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Cooperative Education Training on the Navajo Nation
In 2012, the CHS Foundation awarded a $35,000 Cooperative Education grant to increase opportunities for farmers and ranchers on the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation is the largest reservation in the U.S. This grant will allow First Nations to educate farmers and ranchers on potential opportunities through cooperatives and assess potential models that could be used to assist farmers and ranchers develop farm production cooperatives and marketing and supply cooperatives. These cooperatives are intended to help farmers and ranchers increase their access to agricultural resources marketing and supplies, and also help expose them to the latest technology.
About CHS Foundation
The CHS Foundation is the major giving entity of CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative. As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, the CHS Foundation is committed to investing in the future of rural America, agriculture and cooperative business through education and leadership development. For more information visit: http://www.chsfoundation.org.
Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance
First Nations Development Institute, in partnership with the Taos County Economic Development Corporation, is pleased to announce the formation of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA). The formation of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance took shape as a call from Native nations and grassroots organizations who expressed for the development of an organized and sustained food movement in Indian Country. The Alliance will be a vehicle to facilitate change in areas of tribal, regional and national policy on issues affecting Native food production and diet and be a support network for grassroots Native efforts as they work to revive tradition and community based food systems.
Webinar 1: Introduction to the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance
Date: January 31, 2013
Webinar 2: Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance Next Steps
Date: TBD - Please check back soon for the registration link.
1st Face-to-Face Meeting
The LEAD Institute
Welcome to First Nations Knowledge Webinar Series
First Nations Knowledge in a series of educational webinars created and hosted by First Nations Development Institute. The series aims to educate Native Americans who are involved in food-systems work and agriculture, plus those who lead or work for Native nonprofit organizations. Through the webinars, we hope to build knowledge and skills and, thus, Native American business and organizational capacity.
The webinars are free and will last approximately one hour each. You must register for each one separately. Registration pages will be created for upcoming webinars on an ongoing basis, so you may have to return to this page to register for later sessions.
The schedule follows. Click on the webinar name to register. After registration, you will receive an email with additional details.
We also encourage you to sign up for First Nations’ e-mail list here in order to be advised of any changes or future webinars. Low-bandwith users may contact email@example.com to request webinar materials.