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

GATHER Food Sovereignty Project

First Nations believes that reclaiming control over local food systems is an important step toward ensuring the long-lasting health and…

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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,…

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Forging Last-Mile Protein Supply Chains in Indian Country

To strengthen local meat supply chain infrastructures, First Nations is providing financial support and technical assistance and resources to help…

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Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign / Policy Innovation Fund

In early 2019, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and American Heart Association (AHA) announced a $1.6 million funding initiative…

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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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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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Changing Native Food Economies

In Native communities, the way foods are produced, distributed, and consumed has a significant impact on their development, economy, health,…

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Indigenous Food Systems Community of Practice

The goal of First Nations’ Indigenous Food Systems Community of Practice is to foster more equitable practices by philanthropic institutions,…

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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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