Native American Agriculture Fund awards $15 million in grants

Native American Agriculture Fund awards $15 million in grants

The Native American Agriculture Fund in Fayetteville, Arkansas, has announced grants totaling $15 million in support of a hundred and twelve projects focused on building stronger food systems in Indian Country.

The grants to more than a hundred organizations in twenty-eight states will provide Native farmers and ranchers access to credit and financing, help improve community-driven food systems, and fund tribal efforts to build value-added agricultural businesses. Funding includes $4.8 million to community development financial institutions; $3.2 million to 501(c)(3) organizations; $2 million to tribal governments; $2 million to educational organizations; and $3 million in support of traditional foods, advocacy, and agriculture extension projects. Recipients include the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Financial Services in Portland, Oregon; the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center in Santa Rosa; the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota; Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado; the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico; the Passamaquoddy Wild Blueberry Company in Columbia Falls, Maine; and the Utah Diné Bikéyah in Salt Lake City.

"Our mission at the Native American Agriculture Fund is to make grants to sustainably build tribal food economies," said NAAF chief executive Janie Hipp (Chickasaw). "This $15 million investment will not only grow our economies, it will ensure that our Native food systems rebuild stronger than ever through the pandemic."