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The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI), with generous support by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) through its Seeds of Native Health campaign, has opened 21 AmeriCorps VISTA positions available at 10 Tribal governments and Tribal communities throughout the United States.

AmeriCorps VISTA is an important and vital community and public service program operated by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

This unique partnership between VISTA, the SMSC, and IFAI allows for coordination of these placements and the creation of a cohort of Native Food Sovereignty Fellows. Fellows will work in teams placed in Native American communities to contribute to and assist in efforts focused on food sovereignty, food systems, and tribal economies that build opportunities in food and agriculture.

VISTA positions are paid positions providing benefits, educational benefits upon successful completion of the assignment, living and housing assistance, child care (if applicable) and related support. The VISTA Native Food Sovereignty Fellows will work closely with IFAI and receive ongoing training and assistance from IFAI to augment their local work.

The application period is now open. All those interested can apply directly through the AmeriCorps VISTA website, which explains the application process.

Space is limited, and we are looking to fill positions quickly – Apply now!

If you have any questions, please email Director Janie Hipp at jhipp@uark.edu, or VISTA Coordinator Josiah W. Griffin at jwg012@uark.edu.

Native Food Sovereignty Fellows are being hosted at these sites:

  • Alaska Tribal Conservation Alliance (Anchorage, AK)

  • Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe Chippewa Indians (Odanah, WI)

  • Blackfeet Nation (Browning, MT)

  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (Eagle Butte, SD)

  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Cloquet, MN)

  • Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Watersmeet, MI)

  • Lower Sioux Indian Community (Morton, MN)

  • Menominee Indian Tribe (Keshena, WI)

  • Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation (Mescalero, NM)

  • Prairie Island Indian Community (Welch, MN)

  • Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians (Red Lake, MN)

  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (LaConner, WA)

  • Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma (Quapaw, OK)