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FT. DUCHESNE, Utah — The Utah-based Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation has set out to build a hemp enterprise that very specifically  reflects the tribe’s culture and values.  

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Ranchers in Cherokee Nation are staring down the barrel of a crisis. Sky-rocketing prices for fuel and grain and a record-setting drought have left ranchers with cattle to feed and no food to give them.

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A pair of listening sessions the Native Farm Bill Coalition and the Native American Agriculture Fund held in June document the need for federal flexibility and access to nutrition in Indian Country.

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The Native Farm Bill Coalition hopes to build on prior victories enshrined in the 2018 Farm Bill as the group prepares a September report on policies ahead of the multi-year legislation’s next rewrite in 2023.

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CHOCTAW, Miss. — What began as a new revenue source for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in 2012 has since expanded into a multi-farm operation focused on solving a major problem for many Choctaw: accessibility to fresh, healthy food.

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MASHPEE, Mass. — The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe plans to leverage a new federal grant to revive its First Light Farms aquaculture business, which fell on hard times at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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For years, the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation struggled to get youth agricultural programs off the ground. 

The remote reservation is located 60 miles away from Eureka, Calif., the closest town, which made it challenging to build any kind of sustainable youth agricultural program like 4-H. 

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A key philanthropic organization dedicated to Native American agriculture has joined the U.S. Nature4Climate coalition. 

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Owamni, an Indigenous-owned restaurant in Minneapolis, Minn., has been named the best new restaurant in the country in this year’s prestigious James Beard Foundation awards, which also honored a film involving First Nations Development Institute that was co-produced by Sterlin Harjo of Reservation Dogs fame.

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MOUNTAIN CENTER, Calif. — The Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians may have “broken barriers” for tribes to get into hemp by securing a federal loan guarantee to build a new grow facility.