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Strengthening Native American Communities and Producers through Ecological Stewardship


The Colorado Plateau spans across New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado totaling approximately 130,000 square miles and is home to seven Tribal Nations, five located in Arizona. As these Tribal Nations worked to regain control of community foods systems, economic opportunities, and ecological stewardship, the lack of technical assistance, networking opportunities and access to resources generated the need to unite Native American producers. This need served as the impetus for the creation of the Arizona Association of Tribal Conservation Districts (AATCD) by resolution on August 10, 2010, with the overall goal of addressing the needs and practices of natural resource conservation among the ten Arizona Tribal Conservation Districts.

This report summarizes strategies, outcomes, and impact resulting from the 2-year project conducted by First Nations Development Institute in partnership with The Christensen Fund, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) and the Arizona Association of Conservation District (AACD).