Strengthening Native American Communities & Economies
First Nations Development Institute provides resource material to assess and improve agriculture in Native communities.
Keeping rangeland healthy and productive is an important part of ranching. As a result, ranchers increase herd health, production and profitability while protecting the ecosystem and wildlife for future generations, a goal for many ranchers. The development of a conservation plan provides the roadmap for ranchers to accomplish that goal. It provides a long-term vision and implementation process to follow to get each acre of land as healthy and productive as possible and keep it that way.
Prepared by Marissa McElrone, this document was created for the use of FAST Blackfeet (Food Access and Sustainability Team) to further its mission of supporting community strengths, culture and wellness by developing local, sustainable systems that provide healthy food access and education at every age,for all who need it. First Nations Development Institute has posted this with permission of FAST Blackfeet.
This newly revised, second edition of the highly popular Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool provides an introduction to the food security movement in Indian Country. It is a great resource to use to get people thinking about food systems in Native communities and what can be done to regain control over those Native food systems.
A series of 12 Fact Sheets from First Nations Development Institute dealing with Native food system topics such as food policy, food hubs, farm-to-school programs, farmers’ markets and others.
A collection of essays that facilitates the use and effectiveness of First Nations' Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool (FSAT). It offers stories, experiences and tips from individuals who have successfully conducted food assessments in their communities.
This report details how the Muckleshoot Tribe in Washington, through a collective purchasing program, has begun to realize significant savings in food costs while giving the tribe more leverage over vendors to provide healthier and culturally-appropriate foods
Food safety law greatly impacts localized food production and handling, including that of tribal nations. This guide provides a clear overview of safety laws and regulations.
This report discusses the need for tribal governments to adopt model food and agriculture codes in order to encourage and support their food and agriculture sectors.
A series of 12 Fact Sheets from First Nations Development Institute dealing with Native foods and health, including food sovereignty, diabetes, heart disease, federal food programs and eating healthy.
This updated resource manual provides information on 68 U.S. Department of Agriculture programs that will assist you in the development of Native agriculture and food systems projects. These programs provide federal funding for a range of projects to support Native agriculture.
This publication by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (a grantee of First Nations Development Institute) addresses improving the quality and safety of tribally harvested salmon through sanitation and proper handling.
White Earth Land Recovery Project (WELRP) on the White Earth Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota, recently completed a great new guide for establishing farm-to-school programs in Native communities.
This publication provides an introduction to the food security movement in Indian Country, and provides a resource for thinking about food systems in Native communities and what can be done to regain control of Native food systems.