About Us

Meet Our Team

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

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

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

Associate Director
hotvedt@uark.edu
Cherokee Nation

Josiah Griffin

Program and Policy Specialist

(479) 575-5662
jwg012@uark.edu

Hawaiian/Samoan

Spencer Torbett

Policy Officer and Staff Attorney
storbett@uark.edu

Mvskoke (Creek) Nation

Brenton Jones

Budget and Grant Specialist

(479) 575-3227
baj005@uark.edu

Nikki Young

Administrative Assistant 

(479) 575-5666
any007@uark.edu

Kelli Case

Staff Attorney
kellic@uark.edu
Chickasaw Nation

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.