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Website Available for Tribal Food Systems, Agricultural Efforts
by Cherokee Phoenix staff reports

LONGMONT, Colo. – A new website has been launched to be a valuable online resource for Native American tribes, organizations and individuals involved in food systems and agricultural efforts and/or aiming for better health and nutrition for their families and communities.

The site,, was created by the Longmont-based First Nations Development Institute with funding provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

"We believe that our work in the food sector has many benefits, all of which are critically important," First Nations President Michael E. Roberts said. "These include improved Native health and nutrition, of course, but also a reconnection with traditional foods and a reinforcement of our cultural practices and customs. Further, regaining control of food systems can provide a huge and much-needed boost to the development of Native economies."

For more than 32 years, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally compatible stewardship of the assets they own, including land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources, and establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. Part of this effort centers on food, through First Nations' Native Agriculture and Food System Initiative, or NAFSI.

Under NAFSI, First Nations provides grants to food and agricultural efforts by tribes and nonprofit organizations, and recently announced the awarding of 10 such grants totaling $375,000.

First Nations, in partnership with the Taos County Economic Development Corporation in Taos, N.M., is also working to create the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, which is intended to become a sustainable and organized movement that is Native American driven and controlled, nationally active and dedicated to addressing food security, hunger and nutrition in Native American communities at the national, tribal and local levels.

The website features various resources and information, ranging from tribal gardens, farms and markets, to youth programs and farm-to-school efforts, seed saving, traditional plants and medicine, food marketing and handling, home gardening, canning and healthy family eating.

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Native Food Systems Resource Center
The Native Food Systems Resource Center is an initiative of First Nations Development Institute, under our Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative. Funding for development of this website (and several of our food-related projects) was generously provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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