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

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.

Read Full Story

View Our Current Grant Opportunities

View Grants

Related Resources

Webinar

Native Farm to School Webinar Series

As part of First Nations’ Native Farm to School project, the Native Farm to School Webinar Series showcases best practices, shares available…

Publication

Recognition and Support of Indigenous California Land Stewards, Practitioners of Kincentric Ecology

It is important for regional, national, and international organizations to support Indigenous peoples in their efforts to advance the rights…

Publication

Aetna Foundation Grant Final Evaluation

The impact of food environments on the nutrition and overall health of Native communities is in need of more holistic…

Publication

Food Sovereignty: California – Policy Considerations for California Native Communities in 2019

California tribes are unique in geography, language, land, air, water and cultural resource issues. The land bases of California tribes…

Publication

Increasing Ecological Stewardship of Tribal Lands, Natural Resources and Historical Sites

In November 2018, First Nations Development Institute convened representatives of 15 tribes and Native nonprofit organizations alongside natural resource professionals…

Publication

FDPIR Toolkit

Project Overview Nutrition Education for Native Communities In partnership with NAFDPIR (National Association of Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations),…

Publication

Native Farm-to-School Resource Guide

This guide is a comprehensive manual for planning and implementing farm-to-school programs in Native American communities. Native farm-to-school programs have…

Publication

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…

Publication

Indigenous Food Systems: Transformative Strategies to Perpetuate Nationhood

This report highlights how a few Native communities and organizations are engaged in work to protect Native food sovereignty and…