Lakota Food Sovereignty Coalition

Website: https://thundervalley.org/program-guide/food-sovereignty-coalition

Point of Contact: Tatawa Means or Dianne Amiotte-Seidel

E-Mail Address: tatewin@thundervalley.org, dianne@thundervalley.org

Phone Number: (605) 455-2700

Located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the Lakota Food Sovereignty Coalition is a reservation-wide collaboration between food producers, processors, transporters, financial supporters, sellers, and consumers. The Coalition works with local, state and federal programs to create a more sustainable, prosperous, and sovereign localized food system. The Lakota Food Sovereignty Coalition aims to sustainably produce and provide access to delicious, nutritious, local foods that increase and improve the quality of lives, economy, communities and the environment through the means of education, culture, mindfulness and balance. This includes workshops for the community such as: healthy cooking classes, gardening, and a Food Sovereignty Curriculum for local schools. General functions of the coalition include assisting the Oglala Lakota Tribal Government with innovative food policies and outreach with local communities to educate individuals on the basis of what the local food system consists of.  The Lakota Food Sovereignty Coalition also provides a reliable network for regional food system contributors to collectively create strategies for restoring and reconstructing a functional local food system and how to maintain this structure within a 300 mile radius of the community.  Additionally, members of the Coalition have opportunities to offer insight and thoughts on how their individual contributions can advance the region’s broader goals.