Changing Native Food Economies


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Changing Native Food Economies in Minnesota and North Dakota

In Native (and many other) communities, the way foods are produced, distributed, and consumed has direct implications for community members’ health and the preservation and celebration of Native cultures. The health of local food systems can significantly affect Native communities’ development, economic development, culture, and health.

To help tribes regain control of their community food systems, First Nations launched the “Changing Native Food Economies in Minnesota and North Dakota” project. Funded by the Otto Bremer Trust, the project involved developing a multi-pronged approach to support three Native communities by providing financial, technical, and peer networking support. This report captures the three project designs, outcomes, best practices, and lessons learned from each of these Native communities to share for the benefit of other tribes that are pursuing control of their Native food systems.