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First Nations Receives $100,000 Grant from Newman's Own Foundation to Support First Nations' Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative

LONGMONT, Colorado (January 3, 2018) – First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today announced it recently received a two-year, $100,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation to support First Nations’ ongoing Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI) that bolsters Native American communities and organizations as they seek to reclaim control of their local food systems for improved health and well-being, as well as for asset-building and economic development purposes.

Under the Newman’s Own Foundation grant and funds from other sources, First Nations, through NAFSI, provides direct grants, technical assistance and extensive capacity-building training to Native organizations and tribes that are conducting projects aimed at alleviating tribal hunger, improving community nutrition, improving access to healthy foods, and/or encouraging the development of tribal food-related businesses.

In particular, the Newman’s Own Foundation support will be used to provide various forms of training and one-on-one technical assistance through onsite visits, webinars and special meetings or calls, and for participants to attend major First Nations convenings related to the work they do. First Nations also plans to publish a national report on NAFSI’s activities featuring lessons learned, best practices, policy implications, case studies and community-based effects. First Nations will also participate in the Newman's Own Foundation Native American Nutrition Cohort, where it will share its experiences and that of its grantees while learning from other participants.

About First Nations Development Institute

For more than 37 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit


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