About Us

Meet Our Team

Erin Parker, J.D., LL.M.

Interim Director
(479) 575-6572
esparker@uark.edu

Carly Hotvedt, J.D., M.P.A.

Director of Tribal Enterprise
hotvedt@uark.edu
Cherokee Nation

G. Blake Jackson, J.D

Policy Officer and Staff Attorney
(479) 575-7659
gbjackso@uark.edu
Choctaw Nation

 

Whitney Sawney

Communications Manager
and Program Specialist

(479) 575-5128
wsawney@uark.edu
Cherokee Nation

Josiah Griffin

Program and Policy Specialist

(479) 575-5662
jwg012@uark.edu
Native Hawaiian

Brenton Jones

Budget and Grant Specialist

(479) 575-3227
baj005@uark.edu

Nikki Young

Administrative Assistant 

(479) 575-5666
any007@uark.edu

What We Do

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) focuses on putting tribal sovereignty in food sovereignty, promoting tribally driven solutions to revitalize and advance traditional food systems and diversified economic development throughout Indian Country. IFAI provides Tribal governments, producers, and food businesses with educational resources, policy research, and strategic legal analysis as a foundation for building robust food economies.

Our work depends on the generous support we receive from the partners listed below.