Policy Analysis


  1. Regaining our Future: an assessment of risks and opportunities for native communities in the 2018 farm bill. Janie simms Hipp & Colby D. Duren (2018).

    Commissioned by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, this report— the first of its kind— provides a comprehensive analysis of Farm Bill provisions and their potential impact on Indian Country agriculture, nutrition, and health.

  2. Building Indian Country’s Future through Food, Agriculture,Infrastructure, and Economic Development in the 2018 Farm Bill. janie simms hipp, colby d. duren, and erin s. parker (2018).

    This paper focuses on several key provisions and themes that could have the greatest impact to support and grow agriculture and agribusiness in Indian Country if implemented in the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization.

  3. optimizing distribution center location and delivery schemes for the usda’s food distribution program on indian reservations (FDPIR). karli moore, et al. (2018)

    Each month, approximately 93,000 low-income Native American and Alaska Native individuals (from 276 tribes) are beneficiaries of a commodity food distribution program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The geographic vastness and remoteness of Tribal populations leads to a complex network of transporting food packages. Minimizing transportation costs through optimizing locations of commodity food distribution centers and developing new delivery schemes increases budget efficiency and allows for better service. This paper seeks to provide the best strategies for positioning distribution centers and delivering to tribal centers.