Seeds of Native Health: Shakopee, NB3F Take Vital Steps to Affect Change
One tribe has heeded a call to action to create a national campaign dedicated to improving Indian nutrition, reversing chronic health problems, reducing extreme poverty and reclaiming traditional foodways in Indian country.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) is leading Seeds of Native Health. The multifaceted campaign involves grant-making, sharing of best practices, capacity-building, sponsored research and educational initiatives.
The midwest tribe has committed $5 million to Seeds of Native Health, making it by far the most significant funder in the space of improving Native food access and health outcomes to date. Of those funds, the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F) will receive a total of copy.1 million from the SMSC for re-granting to projects that will increase access to healthy food and nutrition education among Native youth. So far, NB3F has named six grant award winners totaling copy18,000.