Black Mesa Water Coalition, Flagstaff, Arizona, $12,699
The coalition will map Burnt Corn Valley’s social structure (kinship systems), ecological processes (watershed) and the traditional food-system infrastructure as it affects three chapter communities on the Navajo Nation. It will also engage families and community members in mapping strategies for residents on restoring the health of land and people that will include use of the Diné Philosophy of Sa’aah Naaghai Bek’e Hoozhoon.
California Indian Museum & Culture Center, Santa Rosa, California, $30,000
The “Bi Du Ka Nemay: Advancing Cultural Opportunities for Reclaiming Nutrition” (ACORN) project seeks to increase consumption of acorns by California Indians and others and advance local tribal traditions associated with acorn gathering and processing. Acorns, once a staple food of many California tribes, are no longer part of everyday diets. About 20 Native youth will develop a recipe for an energy bar made of acorn flour and other local, healthy ingredients and determine the needs associated with producing and selling the product commercially.
Crow Tribe of Montana, Crow Agency, Montana, $30,000
The “Crow Nation Youth Farm and Ranch Leadership Program” is a pilot project to serve 10 to 12 youth in junior agriculture production as beginning farmers and ranchers on the Crow reservation. Participants will be mentored by seasoned agricultural leaders and learn about financial literacy, livestock evaluation, conservation management, animal husbandry, marketing, ranch management and related topics.
Diné College, Tsalie, Arizona, $20,190
Diné College will work with local farmers and ranchers to identify barriers in putting land into agricultural development and production. It will also create five traditional organic farms and measure economic, social, legal and cultural impacts of traditional agriculture on Navajo communities. Finally, it will identify core and pragmatic reforms to Navajo Nation land laws that will allow for the diffusion of traditional agriculture across the reservation.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Cloquet, Minnesota, $23,650
The college will host a number of community engagement efforts to raise awareness of issues related to food, diet, health, agriculture and economy. It will also engage the community in planning next steps of the Fond du Lac Fresh Food Initiative.
Fort Belknap Community Economic Development, Harlem, Montana, $30,000
The “Red Paint Creek Greenhouse Project” will construct a greenhouse to grow fresh produce. It will ensure the residents an opportunity to purchase fresh organic garden vegetables to instill healthy eating and lifestyles. The residents currently have a diet of high-carbohydrate, processed foods found in stores in neighboring communities. The youth of these communities will have the opportunity to practice this life-changing event and promote healthy eating habits.
Hannahville Indian Community, Wilson, Michigan, $29,385
The “Food Sovereignty Phase II” project will improve the facilities, storage space and, thus, food safety for an existing greenhouse and aquaponics facility that produces a variety of herbs, vegetables and fish, some of which is served in the school lunch program and some of which is sold at local farmers’ markets.
Hopi Foundation, Kykotsmovi Village, Arizona, $1,000
Sponsorship for the “Hopi Agriculture and Food Symposium.”
Ilisagvik College, Barrow, Alaska, $30,000
The Healthy Futures Program, established in 2014, delivers quality, hands-on instruction in nutrition, basic cooking and household budgeting to Iñupiaq residents in seven remote villages of the North Slope Borough. Instructors travel to the villages to provide instruction tailored to participants aged 5 to 25, along with elder involvement. Participants engage in workshops that integrate traditional foods and knowledge, with the aim of addressing high rates of diabetes and obesity in arctic Alaska.
Intertribal Agriculture Council, Billings, Montana, $1,000
Grant to sponsor the Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit hosted by Gun Lake Pottawatomi Tribe at its Jijak facility.
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Housing & Community, L'Anse, Michigan, $30,000
The “Keweenaw Bay Fishers’ Association” project will serve the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community by increasing efficiencies in local fish production, increasing the volume of local tribal-member fish production enough to sustain an eventual fishers’ cooperative, increasing tribal-member control of local fish production and the local fish market, and increasing awareness of and access to locally-caught fresh fish.
Laulima Kuha'o, Lanai City, Hawaii, $10,000
Laulima Kuha’o supports pig farmers on the island of Lanai. It will begin to look at the feasibility of creating a commercial kitchen for joint use by pig farmers. Moreover, it will begin drafting a business plan to examine the feasibility of formalizing a food hub and developing other business materials such as a brand for products, a website, etc. This business will go far in subsidizing the household income of Native Hawaiian pig farmers.
Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative & Local Foods, Tama, Iowa, $27,439
The “Seed to Seed: Healthy Traditional Food Access Through Seed Sovereignty” project supports wellness through food and seed sovereignty activities, and increases the connection and access to traditional foods for the Sac and Fox of the Mississippi in Iowa. The project impacts students and staff at the Meskwaki Settlement School by expanding and supporting the farm-to-school program activities and gardens.
Native Village of Port Heiden, Port Heiden, Alaska, $30,000
The “Meshik Farm Reindeer Sustainability Project” will increase the reindeer population at the tribal/community reindeer farm, helping put the farm on the path to long-term food sustainability for the village. The project will purchase and transport additional reindeer, which over 10 years can increase the herd by more than 500. This project is a cultural, economic and community effort that positively impacts the people and economy, and provides a food source that is gone because they cannot hunt caribou.
Northern California Tribal Court Coalition, Talent, Oregon, $1,500
This grant is a sponsorship to support the “Restoring Balance: A Food Sovereignty Gathering” conference planned by the coalition.
Red Willow Center, Taos, New Mexico, $30,000
The “Growing a Food System at Taos Pueblo – Growing Healthy Kids Initiative” will focus on strengthening partnerships and collaborating with several tribal programs — Community Health, Senior Center and Head Start — as well as a new partnership with the Taos Pueblo Day School on creating a healthy community food system at Taos Pueblo. This will include planning, planting, growing, harvesting, preparing and educating the community on how to grow food, which foods to grow, and healthy meal planning, and developing a healthy meal plan for school students, building a school garden, and developing an age-appropriate science curriculum based on traditional and modern methods of farming and healthy eating and cooking. It also includes building a community compost, new wheelchair-accessible raised-beds at the Senior Center and a new water catchment/irrigation system..
Tyonek Tribal Conservation District, Anchorage, Alaska, $28,000
The “Developing Food Systems for Alaska Native Villages” project will involve outreach, training and technical assistance to Alaska Native farmers and ranchers in 13 Native villages to primarily enhance food security by increasing knowledge, skills and tools available to them. The effort will demonstrate sustainable agricultural practices, planning, and business and operational processes to support local food production and increase access to healthy and fresh foods, while linking with traditional customs and economic opportunities.
Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders' Association, Kamuela, Hawaii, $30,000
The “Waimea Nui Inc. Farmers’ Market” will serve the region’s agricultural lessees under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, specifically 43 families who have participated, completed and are now farming in the association’s “Farming for the Working Class” program. The new farmers’ market will service the entire Waimea Community of 15,000, of which 6,000 are Native Hawaiians, while bringing additional income to the Native community.
Wiyot Tribe, Loleta, California, $29,393
The “Wiyot Tribe Healthy and Traditional Food Systems Initiative” (Table Bluff Reservation Healthy and Traditional Food Systems Initiative) is a multifaceted approach to secure greater food sovereignty and sustainability within the Wiyot tribal community. It involves the development of the tribe’s community and traditional gardens, creation of a food pantry and distribution program, food education workshops, and the reclamation of traditional plant- and marine-harvesting practices.
White Earth Reservation Tribal Council, White Earth, Minnesota, $23,651
White Earth will build a greenhouse and expand outreach and branding for its mobile market. It will also be working across tribal departments and organizations to form a food sovereignty working group to build consensus across the tribe for food sovereignty work. Finally, the tribe will be mapping community needs around food access and developing plans to meet these needs in at least eight communities.”