Tier One Survey
The tier one survey process offered community members, health and nutrition advocates, and changemakers the opportunity to illuminate innovative work in food sovereignty, health, and nutrition being done in Tribal Nations across Indian Country. The data we collected from survey respondents revealed that most were community members who had direct knowledge of the organization. Community members were the largest group of survey respondents, with approximately 29% of respondents indicating they fell into this category. This illustrates in part how integrated these programs are within the communities that they serve.
Most-- 41%-- of the survey respondents in the tier one process indicated that their nominated project, program, or organization was serving a single Tribal community. Some of these programs served everyone in the community, while some only served Tribal members. In contrast, 14% of the nominated programs have a national service area, while regional and urban Indian-serving programs each account for 7% of the nominees.
Programs were also nominated that serve specific populations within a Tribal community or other geographic area. Approximately 20% of respondents indicated that their nominee primarily served youth, whether infants, young children, or teens, and 4% of nominees primarily served elders. 7% of nominated programs serve Native farmers and ranchers, and 5% serve primarily low-income community members.
The responses we received in the tier one survey process illustrate the breadth of work that the nominated projects, programs, and organizations are doing across Indian Country. By offering respondents the chance to select multiple responses, we were able to capture a more detailed picture of this work, which includes increased access to traditional and healthy foods, generating wealth and building local economies, improving local regenerative agriculture, developing policies that promote healthy communities, and more.
Programs, projects, and organizations that improved access to healthy and/or traditional foods were among the most frequently nominated by survey respondents. In response to the question, “How does the organization, project, program promote health, nutrition, and healthy food systems for Tribal Nations and Native people?” 90% of respondents chose “Increases access to healthy food, and 84% of respondents also chose “Increases access to traditional food.” Other key project characteristics that respondents indicated promote health, nutrition and healthy food systems included skills development for tribal members and programs that provided nutrition education for community members.
Building community assets was also a popular response, with 64% of respondents choosing this option as part of their nominee's work. Less popular were programs that built wealth or generated revenue for the local economy, with less than 40% of respondents choosing both of these options.
The fewest number of respondents indicated that they were nominating a program that provided healthcare services to community members. Even as the lowest category, nearly 26% of respondents did select that option.