As part of the Nourishing Native Foods & Health Program, First Nations’ Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign supports Native American-led efforts aimed at advancing new policies and innovative policymaking at the tribal, local, state and national levels in ways that ultimately improve the health and nutrition and Native communities.
Launched in 2019, the Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign is made possible through the Policy Innovation Fund, which was developed jointly by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and the American Heart Association and its Voices for Healthy Kids initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The campaign is a continuation of the SMSC and American Heart Association’s partnership to promote Native-led dietary health advocacy, which first began with the Seeds of Native Health program in 2015. Other elements of the campaign include leadership development, technical assistance and movement-building activities to support the growing nutrition and health movement in Indian Country.
Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign grants were awarded through a competitive process to tribes and Native-led organizations to support innovative projects. First Nations administers the grant process and the American Indian Cancer Foundation provides technical assistance to grantees.
From developing fundamental food codes to reinforcing legal rights for wild rice, the grantees highlighted here are advocating for their communities and investing in Native fertile ground, and thus the health, nutrition and future of their people.