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There is an urgent need to create and support a more resilient meat supply chain by focusing on building capacity and infrastructure at the local level that ensures that local producers and consumers have reliable access to sustainably-managed, high-quality protein.
To address this challenge in Native communities, First Nations launched its pilot initiative, Forging the Last Mile Protein Supply Chains in Indian Country, in late 2020. As part of this pilot project, First Nations engaged the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) at the University of Arkansas to create this resource publication to provide fundamental information on meat supply chains (including related policies, certifications and codes), share successful models in Native communities, and to describe how interested communities can develop their own butchering facilities.
It is our hope that this resource can support the strengthening of protein supply chains across Indian Country.