Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative


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IFAI Celebrates 10 Years of Service to Indian Country

Number of Farms with AI/AN Operators in 2012

Number of Farms with AI/AN Operators in 2017

American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) farms make up 3% of all farms in the United States. The market value of agricultural products sold by AI/AN producers reached $3.5 Billion in 2017.

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 & Research

Policy Briefings
Native Farm Bill Coalition
Food and Nutrition Research
General Agriculture Research


Cultivating Tribal Food Sovereignty
EATS Academy
Model Food and Ag Code
Video Series

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
  • IFAI’s partner agencies, including members of the Native Farm Bill Coalition

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Associate Grants Compliance Officer

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Native American Agriculture Fund Location: Fayetteville, AR Closing Date: October 25, 2023 Duties Include: Assists in monitoring all NAAF grant projects post-award...

Assistant Professor (Practice)

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Oregon State University Location: Various Locations (3 Positions) Closing Date: October 9, 2023 (Full Consideration); October 16, 2023 (Closing Date) Duties Include:...

Director – Great American Outdoors Program Office

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DOI: Office of the Secretary of Interior Location: Washington, DC Closing Date: October 9, 2023 Duties Include: Provides critical support to the senior leadership of...

Management and Program Analyst

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DOI: Bureau of Trust Funds Administration Location: Remote Closing Date: October 6, 2023 Duties Include: Serves in a senior role with broad responsibilities that...

Grants Management Specialist

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DOI: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Location: Green Tree, PA Closing Date: October 11, 2023 Duties Include: Serves as a Grants Management...

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Upcoming Webinar

Upcoming Webinar

The Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is proposing changes to Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and the Food Distribution Program (FDPIR) on Indian Reservation regulations. USDA’s goal for these changes is to increase program access and parity. The legal and...


We are supporting tribes, that’s what we are, we’re a service organization. So every time someone supports our work, they are supporting Indian Country and Tribal Sovereignty.

- Erin Parker, J.D., LL.M.

Executive Director

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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