Model Tribal Food and Agriculture Code
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Advisory Body for the Project
Chris Georgacas, President/CEO, Goff Public (representing Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community) Minneapolis
- Julie Ralston-Aoki, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center
- Joel Williams, Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
- Billy Barquin, General Counsel, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
- Carrie Frias, General Counsel, Pueblo of Pojoaque
- Derrick Lente, Rancher and Member of the Council for Native American Farming & Ranching (USDA)
- Sara Hill, Secretary of Natural Resources, Cherokee Nation
- Crystal Echo Hawk, President/CEO, Echo Hawk Consulting
- Adae Romero Briones, Attorney Advisor
- Abi Fain, Attorney, Pipestem Law
- Dr. H.L. Goodwin, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Arkansas School of Law
- Kelsey Ducheneaux, Youth advisor
- Marcus Grignon, Youth advisor
- Kekek Jason Stark, Lead Attorney, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Why a Model Food Code?
We are deeply grateful for each of our founding funding partners’ commitments, belief in our work, and generosity to launch this work that we believe will be one of the more foundational actions to realize true tribal food sovereignty, improvement in native health and well-being by controlling the policy environment surrounding food and agriculture, and improvement in food access and food-based prosperity in our communities.
At each Regional Roundtable, Project Team members presented a brief overview of the project, then dialogued with attendees about the needs and challenges that are important in their Tribal community surrounding food and agriculture. The responses from attendees have been wholly positive and incredibly varied, covering topics from incorporation of traditional ecological knowledge in production, to conservation of land to taxes and land leasing regulations. Many suggestions from attendees relate to the code’s content/sections, but the Project Team has also received many comments about the format and delivery method of the code as well as deep questions about Tribal sovereignty as expressed through the code. To date, the Project Team has conducted nearly 20 Regional Roundtables with more to follow in the months and years ahead.