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USDA Announces New Resources to Empower Indigenous Food Sovereignty


November 16, 2022

Native food products on display at the White House Tribal Youth Forum in Washington, D.C., on November 14, 2022. Photo: Cristophe D. Paul / U.S. Department of Agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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."


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