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Policy Brief – July 9, 2024

Policy Brief – July 9, 2024

Summary   There is a Tribal consultation and listening session on July 29 about FNS’ research study on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).   Senate Appropriations marks up FY2025 USDA-FDA bills this Thursday, while...

Policy Brief – July 9, 2024

Policy Brief – July 2, 2024

Summary There are two Tribal consultations this month. The consultation on July 8 will focus on Tribal feedback about Budget Guidance per Executive Order 1412. The consultation and listening session on July 29 will be about FNS’ research study on the Special...

Our mission is to enhance the health and wellness of tribal communities by advancing healthy food systems, diversified economic development, and cultural food traditions.

What We Do

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) focuses on putting tribal sovereignty in food sovereignty, promoting tribally driven solutions to revitalize and advance traditional food systems and diversified economic development throughout Indian Country. IFAI provides Tribal governments, producers, and food businesses with educational resources, policy research, and strategic legal analysis as a foundation for building robust food economies.

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Policy Briefings
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Food and Nutrition Research
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Cultivating Tribal Food Sovereignty
EATS Academy
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Youth Programs

Native Youth Programs
Leadership Summit
Policy Leadership Program

Food Safety

Food Safety Training for Indian Country
Free Training In-Person or Online
Food Safety Needs Assessment


Funding Opportunities

Grants and funding opportunities are key tools for many Tribes and Tribal producers. However, navigating the list of programs available can be challenging. To help, IFAI staff stay on top of the latest grants and opportunities. Check out the latest list by clicking the button below.

Job Opportunities

IFAI’s job board is intended to be a resource for Native Americans and Alaska Natives interested in employment and internship opportunities that focus primarily on Indigenous food and agriculture policy and law. However, the job board is also open to other types of opportunities in the following:

  • US Federal / State Departments and Agencies
  • Federally Recognized Tribes and organizations
  • Educational Institutions
  • IFAI’s partner agencies, including members of the Native Farm Bill Coalition

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Land Access Project Director

by | Jul 8, 2024 | Partners | 0 Comments

Intertribal Agriculture Council Location: Remote Closing Date: Open Until Filled Duties Include: Provide strategic leadership and vision in establishing and managing...

Close to $15 Million in Funding Available for Innovative Outreach That Connects More Families to WIC  – Request for Subgrant Applications Due Sept. 6

by | Jul 5, 2024 | IFAI | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2024 —The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), Center for Nutrition and Health Impact (the Center, formerly the Gretchen Swanson Center for...

Tribal Enterprise Specialist

by | Jun 28, 2024 | IFAI JOBS | 0 Comments

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative Location: Fayetteville, AR (Remote work is an option) Closing Date: August 1, 2024 Duties Include: Responsible for performing...

Deputy Administrator Farm Loan Programs

by | Jun 27, 2024 | Federal | 0 Comments

USDA: Farm Service Agency Location: Negotiable after selection Closing Date: July 12, 2024 Duties Include: Responsible for developing and instituting the plans,...

Attorney Advisor (General)

by | Jun 27, 2024 | Federal | 0 Comments

USDA: Office of the General Counsel (Natural Resources and Environment Division) Location: Juneau, AK; Little Rock, AR; San Francisco, CA; Lakewood, CO Closing Date:...

Our Partners

Our work depends on the generous support we receive from the partners listed below.

Intertribal Agriculture Council
Newman's Own Foundation
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