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Putting Tribal Sovereignty in Food Sovereignty

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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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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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Agriculture Technician – Native Care

by | Feb 19, 2024 | Tribal | 0 Comments

Red Lake Nation Location: Red Lake, MN Closing Date: March 1, 2024 Duties Include: Assist with cultivation, production & manufacturing of cannabis products. Assist...

Tribal Food Program Assistant

by | Feb 19, 2024 | Tribal | 0 Comments

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Location: Portland, OR Closing Date: Open Until Filled Duties Include: Work under the guidance and direction of the FDPIR...

Tribal Food Program Coordinator

by | Feb 19, 2024 | Tribal | 0 Comments

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Location: Portland, OR Closing Date: Open Until Filled Duties Include:  Maintain and lead the coordination of a nutritious,...

Agri Program Manager

by | Feb 11, 2024 | State | 0 Comments

Arkansas Department of Agriculture Location: Little Rock, AR Closing Date: Open Until Filled Duties Include: Provides general supervision of the work of a subordinate...

Seasonal Organic Inspector

by | Feb 11, 2024 | State | 0 Comments

Montana Department of Agriculture Location: Hinsdale, Havre, Chinook, and Glasgow, MT Closing Date: Ongoing Duties Include: Plan, prepare, and implement inspections for...

Featured Articles

Spicy Salsa Instructional Webinar

Spicy Salsa Instructional Webinar

In an informational and instructional webinar held on February 14, 2024, IFAI's Food Safety Specialist and Master Food Preservationist Meagen Baldy (Hupa) leads attendees through a step-by-step tutorial on making spicy salsa. She gives detailed instruction throughout...

2022 Census of Agriculture Data Released

2022 Census of Agriculture Data Released

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) Census of Agriculture serves as a voice, future, and opportunity for America’s farmers and ranchers, and Indian Country is no exception. The USDA recently published the 2022 Census of...

Erin-Parker

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.

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Intertribal Agriculture Council
Newman's Own Foundation
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