Our Programs

Nourishing Native Foods & Health

Program Overview

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.

Current Projects

Keepseagle Fast-Track Grant Program

In 2018 First Nations launched a new grant program to support Native American farmers and ranchers. This grant program is…

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has been a long-term and generous supporter of First Nations Development Institute's work in Native…

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The Business of Indian Agriculture

First Nations Development Institute is pleased to present The Business of Indian Agriculture, a curriculum designed to help farmers and ranchers…

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Seeds of Native Health

Seeds of Native Health – created and funded by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) is a…

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AARP Foundation

AARP Foundation AARP Foundation is AARP’s charitable affiliate, focused on helping win back opportunity for struggling 50+ individuals and their…

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Walmart Foundation

In 2017, with the generous support of the Walmart Foundation, First Nations launched the new “Nourishing Native Children: Feeding our…

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation – Food Sovereignty

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has been a long-term and generous supporter of First Nations Development Institute's work in Native…

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NAFSI – Agua Fund

Agua Fund First Nations first received $50,000 in 2014 from Agua Fund for a project that allowed First Nations to…

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Colorado Plateau Food Systems Capacity Building Project

Colorado Plateau Food Systems Capacity Building Project The Colorado Plateau is a large geographic area covering parts of Arizona, Colorado,…

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Cooperative Education Training on the Navajo Nation

Cooperative Education Training on the Navajo Nation In 2012, the CHS Foundation awarded a $35,000 Cooperative Education grant to increase…

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First Nations Knowledge Webinar Series

First Nations Knowledge Webinar Series First Nations Knowledge is a series of educational webinars created and hosted by First Nations…

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Boys With Braids & REDCO Make a Healthy Foods Connection

One of First Nations Development Institute’s grantees under its recent “Nutrition Education for Native American Communities” grant program is the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), a tribally-chartered corporation of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. REDCO’s Community Food Sovereignty Initiative received the funding from First Nations as part of First Nations’ Nourishing Native Foods and Health program area. The nutrition education program was generously supported by the Walmart Foundation.

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