Illuminating Good Work

A message from the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative

In our role as a practical research and action center for Indian Country agriculture, the IFAI team is excited to join with EchoHawk Consulting and Buffalo Nickel Creative to develop a dynamic community asset map that illuminates grassroots efforts in Tribal communities and urban centers across the country. The online platform that will grow out of the survey and research discussed in this report will help forge new partnerships between the philanthropic community and Indian Country food sovereignty efforts that are already promoting innovative solutions to the challenges of health disparities and food access that trouble Tribal Nations post-colonization.

The projects, programs, and organizations discussed in this report and in the online platform represent a growing number of Tribal leaders, community changemakers, and health equity and food systems advocates who are working tirelessly every day to improve the health of their people and communities.

This report discusses our survey methodology and process and contains an analysis of the data we collected from all of the nominated projects, programs, and organizations. We have also included some brief recommendations for the shape of the online platform that this work has laid the foundation for. Finally, this report contains brief profiles of each nominee, pulled together from their nomination information, IFAI's independent research, and each nominee's description of their work. The online platform developed as part of this work will eventually house information on all of these Indian Country food and healthy equity innovators. The online platform will be an ever-evolving tool housed within IFAI, so as new organizations from tribes across the country are created to strengthen food sovereignty efforts, that work can be included in this tool as well.

We hope that all who engage with the online platform will see the endless possibilities to grow strong, lasting partnerships with innovators in health equity and food systems work in Tribal Nations across Indian Country and in our nation's urban centers. There is no shortage of incredible work to support, and we look forward to watching the platform expand to include even more examples of community-led change.

To submit or nominate an entity to be included in the directory, please contact us.