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Maintaining self-sufficient food supply chains is crucial to avoiding volatile markets and potential future disruptions for tribal communities in the wake of the pandemic, which only exacerbated longstanding food security issues. 

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Pandemic-prompted supply chain disruptions and a growing movement to return to traditional diets have fueled a wave of tribal food sovereignty efforts across the country, which are now getting an extra boost from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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In a historic first, Osage Nation member Vincent Logan has been designated chairman and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration.

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LA CONNER, Wash. — A tribal community in Washington state plans multi-million improvements to its port infrastructure to support its roughly 100-strong fleet of fishermen. 

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As the U.S. Department of Agriculture sidesteps legal concerns over previously promised debt relief targeted at minority farmers in favor of broader measures, some producers have launched a new legal battle to secure the funds they believe they’re due.

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Farmers in need have received $800 million through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new debt relief program made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act.

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ONEIDA INDIAN NATION HOMELANDS, N.Y. — The Oneida Indian Nation is further bolstering its tribal economy with the launch of a new sustainable agriculture enterprise. 

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The Native American Agriculture Fund is among the founding funders of Growing Justice, a new fund whose mission is to transform food systems nationwide via an equitable procurement model. 

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In issuing $12 million in grants to organizations across Indian County, the Native American Agriculture Fund is placing a special emphasis on addressing access to capital issues for Native farmers and ranchers. 

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A Native-led cannabis farm has joined a coalition that aims to establish a digital marketplace for sustainably grown hemp and engage underserved populations in the process.