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Seeds of Native Health helps launch new grant program for health-focused advocacy

The Seeds of Native Health campaign is excited to announce our partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) to create a grant program that supports health-focused advocacy efforts in Native American...

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative honors Native American Heritage Month!

November is Native American Heritage Month, and a time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for as we enjoy the harvest season during gatherings with family and friends. In Indian Country, culture and tradition are sustained through shared meals with family...

Section 504 Loan and Grant Program changes webinar Nov. 14

Register today for this information webinar on scheduled for November 14 to learn about recent changes to the 504 loan and grant program.  This training opportunity is open to individuals and organizations including nonprofits and public agencies who work with...

NAVAJO TIMES: Ranching Is Untapped Resource For Navajo

By Cindy Yurth Published October 29, 2017 CHINLE, ARIZONA – It’s common knowledge there are no jobs on the Navajo Nation. But to Delane Atcitty, that’s a bunch of bull. “There are jobs at home,” declared Atcitty, a rangeland management consultant who spoke at last...

Native American Political Leadership Program seeks scholarship apps

NAPLP is a full scholarship program for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian undergraduate and graduate students to study applied American politics at the George Washington University in Washington DC.  As part of the Semester in Washington Politics...

SLATE: The Fight for the Right to Eat Seal Blubber

In Alaskan nursing homes and hospitals, tight federal regulations have meant that the most comforting foods for natives have been labeled illegal. That’s slowly changing. By Jonathan Reisman View the original story published in Slate here. One afternoon in 2014, May...

USDA Food and Nutrition Service opens Farm to School grant

Funding Opportunity #:  USDA-FNS-F2S-FY2018 For more information, visit Grants.gov:  FY 2018 Farm to School Grant Open (Posted) Date:  10/04/2017 Closed Date:  12/08/2017 In this funding cycle USDA anticipates awarding approximately $5 million in grant funding to...

Science Post Graduate Scholarship apps due Oct. 31

Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (S.T.E.M. Loan for Service)   Note: All applicants are required to submit a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC) and Financial Needs Form (FNF) which is always available at www.aigcs.org where you may also review the AIGC Online...

Intertribal Agriculture Council seeks youth essay applicants

The Intertribal Agriculture Council is accepting essay applications for its 2017 Youth Essay Contest. Essays will be judged on organization of information, spelling and punctuation, quality of grammar and quality of entry. Three finalists will be chosen and honored...

Seneca Nation awarded RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner

The Seneca Nation of Indians was recently awarded a 2017 Robert Wood Johnson foundation Culture of Health Prize Winner. Please visit the RWJF.org website to read their story, watch the video and see the photo slideshow of their impressive efforts to use culture to...

2016 Indian Ag Youth Alliance in Vegas! Click to watch!

REGAINING OUR FUTURE

The 2018 Farm Bill will significantly impact the five million American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States.

To help Native American communities shape this massive legislation, the SMSC commissioned Regaining Our Future to analyze the risks and opportunities for Indian Country in the 2018 Farm Bill.

This report, authored by Janie Simms Hipp and Colby D. Duren of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, is the most comprehensive analysis ever conducted on Farm Bill issues as they relate to Indigenous populations in the United States.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was passed into law in ­­­­­­­­­­2014 to further the food safety of produce produced and consumed by the public. The US Food and Drug Administration was tasked to develop and implement regulations related to FSMA. Included in this is a comprehensive effort to train growers and suppliers such that they meet certification requirements of FSMA. FDA is working with public and private partners to ensure training programs meet the needs of those who must comply with the new FSMA standards, no matter their size, nature or location. It is important to make sure that those involved in the food supply chain know what training and education resources are available and how to gain access to the trainings.

Understanding and implementing produce safety practices are important to the safety of fruits and vegetables and to the viability of their farm business. Produce safety practices may be required by many buyers, as well as federal regulation if the farm is subject to the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

In September 2016, the Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiative (IFAI) at the University of Arkansas was named as the Native American Tribal Center for Food Safety Outreach, Education, Training and Technical Assistance. IFAI is cooperating with a wide array of partners, including the Intertribal Agricultural Council, to bring a series of webinars and face-to-face certification trainings to tribal producers and food businesses to fulfill requirements of FSMA. The four primary regulations that concern Tribal producer and food businesses are the Produce Safety Rule, The Preventive Control Act for Human Food, The Preventive Control Act for Animal Food and the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food, all of which are summarized on our Food Safety page:

 

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The 2015 Feeding Ourselves report – commissioned by the American Heart Association and its Voices for Healthy Kids®, a joint initiative of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, Echo Hawk Consulting, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AHA – calls for tribes, the federal government and philanthropic organizations to serve as agents of change in Native food access.

Across Indian Country, tribal communities are rewriting a history of separation from their traditional foods. The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative conducted this food scan on behalf of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, which has a long standing commitment to improving health equity and supporting food systems change. The scan is a snapshot of some of the good work happening in Indian Country.

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NAVAJO TIMES: Ranching Is Untapped Resource For Navajo

NAVAJO TIMES: Ranching Is Untapped Resource For Navajo

By Cindy Yurth Published October 29, 2017 CHINLE, ARIZONA – It’s common knowledge there are no jobs on the Navajo Nation. But to Delane Atcitty, that’s a bunch of bull. “There are jobs at home,” declared Atcitty, a rangeland management consultant who spoke at last...

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SLATE: The Fight for the Right to Eat Seal Blubber

SLATE: The Fight for the Right to Eat Seal Blubber

In Alaskan nursing homes and hospitals, tight federal regulations have meant that the most comforting foods for natives have been labeled illegal. That’s slowly changing. By Jonathan Reisman View the original story published in Slate here. One afternoon in 2014, May...

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Science Post Graduate Scholarship apps due Oct. 31

Science Post Graduate Scholarship apps due Oct. 31

Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (S.T.E.M. Loan for Service)   Note: All applicants are required to submit a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC) and Financial Needs Form (FNF) which is always available at www.aigcs.org where you may also review the AIGC Online...

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The University of Arkansas School of Law will offer a “Tribal Governments & Business Entities” special topics course taught by dean Stacy Leeds (Cherokee) during the Winter Intersession. The registration deadline is January 2, 2018.

The course will survey the exercise of modern governmental authority in the United States including jurisdictional conflict and cooperation with state, local and federal governments. In addition to discussing legal and regulatory frameworks, the course will highlight business and economic growth opportunities and challenges.
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