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W.K. Kellogg Foundation launches interactive site on community and tribal food revolution

W.K. Kellogg Foundation launches interactive site on community and tribal food revolution

BATTLE CREEK, MICH.—The W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced the release of its Community Food Innovation website today. The new interactive site showcases community-led projects increasing healthy food access, improving environmental sustainability and building economic opportunities for children and families.

The Community Food Innovation website is based on two reports commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation: “From the Ground Up,” a national scan conducted by the Wallace Center at Winrock in partnership with The Common Market and Changing Tastes, and “Intertribal Food Systems,” a scan of food projects in Indian Country, conducted by the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative. Both reports are available for download.

“We’re thrilled to unveil the interactive Community Food Innovation website, which we hope will serve as a resource to community leaders and grantmakers alike,” said Carla Thompson Payton, vice president for program strategy of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “This site is a space for information and resources on food systems work for those invested in issues of health equity for children, families and communities.”

The website includes feature stories and an interactive map, where you can learn about projects happening across the country. The site also includes information on ways to get involved with local food projects, which the foundation hopes will inspire people to join in creating a more equitable food system.

“We know if we’re to give kids a healthier future, we need to improve the health of the neighborhoods they grow up in – that means making sure parents have access to stable employment, families are economically secure, and healthy, affordable food is readily available,” said Thompson Payton. “All of the projects featured on this site aim to do one – if not all – of these things.”


Deidre Huntington, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit

USDA Plant Pest and Disease Management project suggestions open now

USDA Plant Pest and Disease Management project suggestions open now

Open Period for Fiscal Year 2018 Farm Bill



The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today the start of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 open period for submitting suggestions to implement Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (PPDMDPP) of the 2014 Farm Bill. The FY 2018 open period will last six weeks from July 10, 2017, through August 18, 2017. There will be $75 million available with at least $5 million going to the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). The open period for submitting NCPN project suggestions will be announced separately.

Please note that for FY 2018, APHIS is piloting an abbreviated format for submitting Goal 1 Survey suggestions for Farm Bill funding. Goal 1 Survey suggestors will log into Metastorm as in previous years, fill out the required Applicant and Cooperator Information, and add a very brief Abstract (one short paragraph). The remainder of the suggestion template is contained in an Excel workbook, which is posted at on the Farm Bill PPDMDPP Website, and upon completion can be uploaded to Metastorm to submit the completed suggestion. We are testing this revised format with the goal of simplifying the Goal 1 Survey suggestion submission and review processes, and are hopeful that a successful pilot will lead to simplifying the entire Farm Bill Section 10007 PPDMDPP submission process in the future.

More information about the FY 2018 open period is posted on the Farm Bill Web site. Questions about the FY 2018 open period should be sent to



The Farm Bill Management Team


Feridoon Mehdizadegan (919-855-7521) – Field Operations

Erich Rudyj (919-855-7447) – National Clean Plant Network

Mike Tadle (301-851-2215) – Policy Management

Ron Weeks (919-855-7297) – Science & Technology

Diabetes in Indian Country Conference coming to Albuquerque

Diabetes in Indian Country Conference coming to Albuquerque

Diabetes in Indian Country Conference

September 19-21, 2017
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM

IHS, Tribal, and Urban SDPI grantees, clinicians, and community health providers will:

  • LEARN the latest information and earn CME/CE credits*
  • NETWORK with other grantees and clinicians
  • SHARE best practices
  • SHOWCASE their successful work in AI/AN communities

*ACCREDITATION: The Indian Health Service (IHS) Clinical Support Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Indian Health Service Clinical Support Center is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

There is no fee to attend this conference. However, registration is REQUIRED. 


Thank you for your interest in attending the Diabetes in Indian Country Conference. Registration has reached maximum capacity. We have created a waiting list and will notify you via email as space becomes available.

To be added to the waiting list, please email Natalie Ceis at with the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Email Address
  • Organization
  • Profession

New information about Chronic Wasting Disease discussed in upcoming webinar

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) in collaboration with the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) will be hosting a webinar titled, “First Evidence of Intracranial and Peroral Transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) into Cynomolgus Macaques: A Work in Progress.” We invite you to attend and encourage you to share this announcement with your colleagues. Please note that registration is required for this webinar. Registration is free and the details are listed below.


First Evidence of Intracranial and Peroral Transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) into Cynomolgus Macaques: A Work in Progress

Monday, July 10, 2017

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern Time



Recently, a team of researchers from Canada and Germany presented new scientific findings on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) at the Prion 2017 conference (see attached abstract). CWD is a prion disease of deer, elk, and moose that causes fatal brain disease in infected animals. While no human cases of CWD have been reported to date, the new study findings showed cynomolgus macaques could be infected through oral inoculation of muscle meat from CWD-infected deer and elk, including some meat from asymptomatic animals. The new study findings raise concerns that humans who hunt or consume meat from infected animals could be at risk for CWD infection.

Dr. Stephanie Czub, will be discussing the new research findings in the webinar. In addition, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will discuss current surveillance strategies for possible human cases of CWD in the United States.

For more information on prions:


Stefanie Czub, DVM, PhD– Manager of the BSE Reference Laboratory and Scientist, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Webinar Registration Instructions:

  • Check the WebEx system requirements before the webinar. Pleasecontact WebEx for webinar troubleshooting.
  • To register, please click here. Once your registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

Please contact Meri Phillips ( for any questions regarding the webinar.

SAVE THE DATE: Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

SAVE THE DATE: Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

September 18-20, 2017

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Join us for this annual conference that brings together tribal officials, researchers, practitioners, and others to discuss the current state of Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge about Native nutrition and food science, and identify new areas of work.

Topic areas include:

  • Decolonizing food and nutrition
  • Indigenous evaluation frameworks
  • Successfully translating research into practice

The conference will also include skill-building workshops for researchers and practitioners on topics such as:

  • Documenting the traditional food system in your community
  • Protecting human subjects in research
  • Organizing youth to work on improving Native nutrition
  • Building tribal and university partnerships

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Stephen Bond, Intertribal Agriculture Council
  • Jamie Donatuto and Larry Campbell, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
  • Abigail Echo-Hawk, Seattle Indian Health Board
  • Gary Ferguson, Rural Alaska Community Action Program
  • Linda Frizzell, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
  • Harriet Kuhnlein, Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment
  • Devon Mihesuah, University of Kansas
  • Lisa Te Morenga, University of Otago
  • Stephany Parker, Oklahoma State University
  • Joy Persall, Dream of Wild Health
  • Donald Warne, North Dakota State University

Schedule at a glance

  • Sunday, September 17 | Reception: 7-9 p.m.
  • Monday, September 18 | Conference: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday, September 18 | Evening reception: 6-10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 19 | Conference: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (optional tours in the evening)
  • Wednesday, September 20 | Conference: 7:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY: MSU Sending Tribal College Students on New PATHS to Food Sovereignty

Students will learn how to further food sovereignty this summer during PATHS program



Danielle Antelope, an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, is one of several tribal college students who will have a unique opportunity to spend six weeks at Montana State University this summer, earn some money, engage in hands-on lab work and learn how to advance food sovereignty—and health—in Indian country.

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Montana State University $280,000 over three years to support the PATHS, or “Pathways to Agriculture and Native foods, Tribal Health and Sovereignty,” program. Principal Investigator Holly Hunts, an associate professor in Montana State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Development, said: “This is an interdisciplinary effort to look at problems and solve them. We are exponentially smarter when we work together.”

Eric Birdinground, a senator in the legislative branch of the Crow Tribal government and chair of the tribe’s Health and Human Services Department, said an important feature of the PATHS program is that students will bring back what they learn to their community. Richard Little Bear, president of Chief Dull Knife College, sees another benefit as well. “Our students have a hard time leaving the college, and the reservation, so PATHS and similar programs provide a bridge to the four-year mainstream institutions.”

And of course the primarily focus of the program—agriculture and food sovereignty—are crucial. “The program will educate them about foods in general and about our own Native foods. That part is helpful because so many of us have gotten dependent on the Walmart system of distribution of our food,” Little Bear said.

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This graphic explains what the PATHS program is. Montana State University/Facebook

Janie Simms Hipp, Chickasaw Nation, is founding director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She said the MSU program complements the work being done at her university, and she will be helping to implement the PATHS program. “There is a desperate need to have a strong group of students who are ready to step into extremely important tribal leadership roles as soon as possible,” she said, and this program will help train them.

Students will spend six weeks this summer at MSU where they will work in different labs, go on field trips to tribal agricultural projects, and engage in other creative learning experiences. When they return to their tribal colleges and universities, the program will stay connected with them for a full year until they come back to MSU for another six weeks next summer, at which point they should be ready to pursue a research interest of their own.

The research opportunity is what has Antelope’s attention. “I’m really excited about the research because when I was a junior in high school I did the MAP program at Bozeman. You go there for eight weeks and do research and take classes. That was a great time for me. So this time, six weeks, being on campus, being an adult, having my family with me. I’m really excited to get that campus life, the city—maybe I won’t be so scared when it comes time for me to leave to continue my higher education.” Antelope, 21, is working on her associate’s degree at Blackfeet Community College.

“Our goal is that they will want to finish a four-year degree in agriculture or food or nutrition or some health field. We’d be happy if they came to MSU,” Hunts said. The university would welcome more Native American students, especially in areas like cell biology and neuroscience and biochemistry, she said.

The PATHS program is open to students at any tribal college. The funding covers two cohorts of four to five students each, with each cohort attending the program for a total of 14 months beginning in the summer of 2017 and the summer of 2018. The program includes a $1,500 stipend for the summer, $1,500 during the academic year and another $1,500 the following summer. Additional funds cover housing, food during the summer sessions, in-state and out-of-state travel, lab costs and supplies, a total of over $14,000 per student over 14 months each will participate. Native American mentors who have successful track records at MSU in either food sovereignty, nutrition, agriculture or health will work with students throughout the program.

“In the second summer, we’ll go to Washington, D.C. so students can meet with the federal movers and shakers in agriculture,” Hunts said. “We want to make sure they are connected to policy makers and know how to get policy changed.”

Hipp said the Washington trip and introducing students to how the federal government makes policy is an essential part of getting them ready to serve their communities. “This component is especially important right now when USDA is getting reorganized and the president’s budget calls for literally doing away with some of the key programs that tribal governments have relied upon to build up the food sovereignty movement. We can’t stand by and say we’ll deal with it later,” she said.

Another immediate benefit of the program, Hunts said, is that “students will also be really employable by the end of the 14 months, with lab, data entry and library skills.”

Core members of the PATHS team at MSU are Hunts; David Sands, a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology in the College of Agriculture; Ed Dratz, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Letters and Science; Florence Dunkel, an associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology; and Claire Sands Baker, a longtime nonprofit consultant.

For more information, contact or text 406-599-9457. Information is also available on Facebook.


INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY: Quapaw Tribe’s $1M Processing Plant Will Aid its Farm-to-Fork Goals and Economic Development

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY: Quapaw Tribe’s $1M Processing Plant Will Aid its Farm-to-Fork Goals and Economic Development

Quapaw Tribe is nearly ready to debut its processing plant to produce USDA-approved bison and cattle meat


Quapaw members, traditionally agricultural people, are embracing a farm-to-fork lifestyle and economic development with their soon-to-open processing plant for bison and cattle meat.

Today, bison, goats and about 500 head of cattle roam 1,500 acres of the tribe’s Ottawa County plains in northeastern Oklahoma. Gardens and greenhouses grow fresh veggies and herbs, and some 50 beehives produce honey that the tribe hopes to develop for market. The tribe may add poultry to the mix, too.

“Historically, we’re agricultural people, and we’re just going back to the basics. It’s who we are,” Quapaw Chairman John Berrey told The Joplin Globe.

The processing plant will help make healthy and culturally relevant food available to its members and the surrounding community. The $1 million, 25,000-square-foot facility is slated to open this summer. The tribe began work on the plant near Miami, Oklahoma in late August 2016.

The plant will additionally serve as a training center for regional educational institutions. Last July, the tribe hosted 100 Native American students attending the University of Arkansas’s Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative summer program. Representing more than 50 tribal nations, the students toured Quapaw businesses and agricultural operations. “We want to teach young people how to build a sustainable economy based on the farm-to-table mentality,” Chairman John Berrey previously told ICMN.

Products, including its USDA-inspected, bison and cattle meat from the ventures will be sold direct to consumer through the tribe’s mercantile store: Quapaw Mercantile, located in the town of Quapaw.

Honey produced is utilized in the tribe’s various restaurants and should soon hit retail—even though the tribe invested in the bees to maintain its pastures. “The bees help feed the cattle, basically,” Berrey previously told ICMN. “The beneficial product is the honey. But really, we got them mainly to promote good forage on our pastures.”

The Quapaw Tribe also runs the Downstream Casino Resort in Quapaw—and the restaurants there are greatly benefiting. Its the only casino in the world that employs a full-time cattle rancher, a bee keeper and an expert coffee roaster. “Our chefs go out to the greenhouses daily and select the produce they will use that day in the kitchens,” tribal spokesman Sean Harrison previously told ICMN. “With the cattle, we gained the ability to serve the best quality beef available anywhere at any price. We hired the experts in the field to run these operations, and we spared no expense in setting up the perfect systems for our agriculture program.”

Fresh, tribally roasted coffee through Quapaw Coffee Company will also begin supplying the restaurant soon.


Food Insecurity, Food Deserts, Food Sovereignty, and the Impacts of the Farm Bill on Indigenous Peoples in the face of Global Warming

Janie Simms Hipp (Chickasaw Nation), lawyer, scholar, author, and founding director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law (, joined American Indian Airwaves to discuss food insecurity, food deserts, food sovereignty, cultural sustainability, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK),  the impact of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) historical operations excluding Indigenous farmers, and the potential consequences of the Farm Bill of 2018 on Indigenous peoples and their respective First Nations. There are more than fifty million acres of active agriculture lands within Indigenous Nations. Indigenous farmer operators, indeed, comprise of 39.2 percent out of all non-white farm operators, and the Farm Bill is revisited and revised every five years by the United States Congress. 

Click the audio player below to hear the interview.


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Economic and dietary health of Native Americans hangs in the balance with 2018 Farm Bill, according to major new report

Economic and dietary health of Native Americans hangs in the balance with 2018 Farm Bill, according to major new report

Most comprehensive assessment ever written of Farm Bill risks and opportunities for tribes, Native American producers, and urban Native American communities lays the foundation for unified advocacy


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Current efforts by the United States Congress to write the 2018 Farm Bill will have significant consequences for the 5 million Native Americans and Alaskan Natives in the United States. A new tribal report concludes that Native communities must be prepared to better advocate for their interests, defend programs on which their most vulnerable members depend, and look for new ways to achieve greater food sovereignty and food security through increased self-reliance and reform of federal policies.

The report, entitled Regaining Our Future: An Assessment of Risks and Opportunities for Native Communities in the 2018 Farm Bill, is the most comprehensive analysis ever conducted on Farm Bill issues relevant to Indigenous populations in the United States.

In recent years, there has been a growing grassroots movement within Indian Country to reclaim Native foodways and establish better food security. But federal policies alien to Indian Country continue to have an outsized and often detrimental influence on Native nutrition, agriculture, ranching, farming, conservation, trade and forestry.

“Today a food and nutritional health crisis grips most of Indian Country. As Congress prepares to shape the next Farm Bill, there has never been a more critical time for Native Americans to unite to defend our interests,” said Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Chairman Charles R. Vig. “Tribal governments, Native producers, environmental stewards, and Native community members must work together to involve Congress in helping us solve this crisis.”

One of the largest pieces of domestic legislation, the Farm Bill is historically considered by Congress every five years. It serves as the primary vehicle for developing federal food and agriculture policies, including nutrition, crop insurance, conservation, commodity programs, research and education. The most recent version of the Farm Bill, passed in 2014, included $489 billion in spending.

The SMSC commissioned Regaining Our Future as an initiative of Seeds of Native Health, the tribe’s four-year, $10 million philanthropic campaign to improve Native nutrition and food access. The report was authored by Janie Simms Hipp, director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) at the University of Arkansas School of Law and former senior advisor for tribal relations to Secretary Tom Vilsack at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Colby D. Duren, IFAI policy director and staff attorney and former staff attorney and legislative counsel for the National Congress of American Indians.

“We must be knowledgeable of and engaged in the improvement and development of federal food policy because it directly impacts our lands, our foods, our waters, our natural resources, and our economic development opportunities,” said Hipp. “Regaining Our Future sets the groundwork for tribes to work together from a common understanding and advocate for that most basic of human needs, the ability to feed ourselves in our own food systems with our own foods.”

In researching and writing the report, Hipp and Duren consulted closely with the Intertribal Agriculture Council, the Intertribal Timber Council, and the National Congress of American Indians. While Indian Country has historically not been involved in comprehensive Farm Bill policy discussions, these three organizations have been dedicated to advocating for and correcting problems with federal food and agriculture policy on behalf of Native peoples for decades.

“The Intertribal Agriculture Council has struggled to rally the support of tribes to effectively advocate for greater Native inclusion in previous Farm Bills,” said Ross Racine, executive director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council. “This document will serve as a new foundation for our ongoing efforts, working in partnership with the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, the SMSC’s Seeds of Native Health campaign, the Intertribal Timber Council, and the National Congress of American Indians to ensure well-crafted, effective, and thoughtful agriculture and nutrition policy.”

Regaining Our Future is available for download


About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Making its top priority to be a good neighbor, the SMSC is one of the top philanthropists in Minnesota and donates more to charity than any other Indian tribe in America. It also focuses on being a strong community partner and a leader in protecting and restoring natural resources.

About Seeds of Native Health

Seeds of Native Health is the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s philanthropic campaign to improve Native American nutrition and food access. Launched in 2015, the $10 million campaign has provided grants to local communities and funded research, education, and capacity-building efforts. Partners include the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, AmeriCorps VISTA, Better Way Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’s Center for Indian Country Development, First Nations Development Institute, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, the Notah Begay III Foundation, the University of Arkansas School of Law’s Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, and the University of Minnesota.

About the University of Arkansas School of Law

Established in 1924, the University of Arkansas School of Law prepares students for success through a challenging curriculum taught by nationally recognized faculty, unique service opportunities and a close-knit community that puts students first. With alumni in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, two territories and 20 countries, it has been ranked among the top 10 “Values in Legal Education” by the National Jurist magazine for four consecutive years and is among the top 46 public law schools, according to U.S. News and World Report.

About the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative

Established in 2013, the University of Arkansas School of Law Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative is the first of its kind nationally, focusing on enhancing food, agriculture, health and wellness, and business and economic development; youth and professional education in food and agriculture; strategic planning and technical assistance, research and publications in the areas of health, nutrition policy, traditional knowledge; financial markets and asset management; and tribal governance, law and policy.

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative is a strategic partner in the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Seeds of Native Health campaign. With a leading gift from Seeds of Native Health, IFAI is conducting a landmark project to develop a long-needed, comprehensive set of model food and agriculture codes to be customized and adopted by tribal nations. Additionally, the SMSC and IFAI are partnering with the Corporation for National and Community Service to create a cadre of 21 “Native Food Sovereignty Fellows.” IFAI is recruiting, training, deploying and supervising the work of these VISTA volunteers in 10 tribal communities.


Media contact

Sara Thatcher


Applications for VISTA positions now open!

Applications for VISTA positions now open!

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!

If you have any questions, please email Janie Hipp at, Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative.