Native Farm Bill Coalition

 

The Farm Bill is a large piece of legislation that passes every five years, and it determines funding for USDA programs. It typically includes 12 separate titles focused on everything from nutrition to crop insurance, and has a profound impact on Indian Country.

The Native Farm Bill Coalition (NFBC) brings together the voices of Tribes, intertribal organizations, other Native organizations and non-Native allies around the country to advocate with a strong, unified voice in Washington, D.C., to advance investments in Native agricultural production, rural infrastructure, economic development, conservation, and forestry.

The Native Farm Bill Coalition was formed in 2017 ahead of the 2018 the largest-ever coordinated effort in Indian County around federal food, agriculture, and nutrition policy. The NFBC was co-founded by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) as the Coalition’s official research partner. Learn more about the Native Farm Bill Coalition at www.nativefarmbill.com.

 

Native Farm Bill Coalition Members

The Coalition represents the largest-ever coordinated effort in Indian Country around federal food, agriculture and nutrition policy.

The Native Farm Bill Coalition advocates for Native American interests in the 2018 Farm Bill. The Coalition is an outgrowth of the Regaining Our Future report, which assessed the risks to and opportunities for Native communities in the next Farm Bill.

All tribes, Native organizations, and non-Native allied groups which support the dietary health, agricultural, conservation, food sovereignty, and economic development interests of Native Americans are encouraged to join the coalition, shape its agenda, and benefit from its advocacy efforts.

If you represent a tribal government, intertribal organization, or other group that is interested in joining the Coalition, download a draft resolution of support for your consideration. For more information, or if you are an organization interested in joining the Native Farm Bill Coalition, please contact us.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative(IFAI) have initiated at the Native Farm Bill Coalition. A steering committee is presently being formed. All tribes, Native organizations, and non-Native allies are welcome to become members.

Regaining Our Future

This report, authored by Janie Simms Hipp and Colby D. Duren of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, is the most comprehensive analysis ever conducted on Farm Bill issues as they relate to Indigenous populations in the United States.