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Native Food Sovereignty Fellows positions available!


The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI), with generous support by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) through its Seeds of Native Health campaign, announce the opening of up to 20 VISTA positions available at up to 10 tribal governments and tribal communities throughout the United States.

VISTA is an important and vital community and public service program operated by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

This unique partnership between VISTA, the SMSC, and IFAI allows for coordination of these placements and the creation of a cohort of Native Food Sovereignty Fellows. Fellows will work in teams placed in Native American communities to contribute to and assist in efforts focused on food sovereignty, food systems, and tribal economies that build opportunities in food and agriculture.

The application period is now open. All those interested can apply directly through the AmeriCorps VISTA website, which explains the application process.VISTA positions are paid positions providing benefits, educational benefits upon successful completion of the assignment, living and housing assistance, child care (if applicable) and related support. VISTA members who are “Native Food Sovereignty Fellows” will work closely with IFAI and receive ongoing training and assistance from IFAI to augment their local work.

Space is limited, and we are looking to fill positions quickly – Apply now!

Native Food Sovereignty Fellows are being placed at these host sites:

  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (Eagle Butte, SD)
  • Crow Creek Sioux Tribe (Fort Thompson, SD)
  • Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (Cherokee, NC)
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community (Morton, MN)
  • Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma (Quapaw, OK)
  • Red Lake Band of Ojibwa Indians (Red Lake, MN)
  • San Ildefenso Pueblo, NM
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (Fort Yates, ND)
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (La Conner, WA)
  • Village of Tyonek (Tyonek, AK)


If you have any questions, please email Director Janie Hipp at, or VISTA Coordinator Bryan Pollard at