USDA Announces New Resources to Empower Indigenous Food Sovereignty – USDA.gov

November 19, 2022
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2022 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new resources and new agreements of the USDA Indigenous Food Sovereignty Initiative, which promotes traditional food ways, Indian Country food and agriculture markets, and Indigenous health through foods tailored to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) dietary needs. USDA is partnering with tribal-serving organizations on these projects to reimagine federal food and agriculture programs from an Indigenous perspective and inform future USDA programs and policies. The USDA Food Sovereignty Initiative was one of several efforts announced at the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit to better serve tribal governments, citizens, and organizations.
“USDA is committed to empowering tribal self-determination and bringing Indigenous perspectives into agriculture, food, and nutrition,” said Secretary Vilsack. “These new videos, publications, and guides will support Indian Country and educate the wider agriculture community.”
The new resources raise awareness of Indigenous and native foods at USDA and among tribal youth, communities, and Native agricultural producers. Created in partnership with tribal-serving organizations, these new resources include:
In addition to these resources, USDA is also announcing new cooperative agreements with tribal-serving organizations that will expand the USDA Indigenous Food Sovereignty Initiative. These new agreements include:
The USDA Indigenous Food Sovereignty Initiative is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s and USDA’s commitment to empower tribal self-determination, promote equity and remove barriers to services and programs, and incorporate Indigenous perspectives into agriculture.
Learn more about these new USDA Indigenous Food Sovereignty resources at the USDA Office of Tribal Relations website.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, promoting competition and fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.
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