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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. 

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The Intertribal Agriculture Council’s American Indian Foods program is driven by the mission to grow the available markets for Native-made products.

Oftentimes, that means helping producers get to trade shows or assisting them with access to market research. But the First Nations Trade Mission at the end of May presents American Indian Foods with an opportunity to broaden export services to a “new market” for Indigenous food producers, Program Director Latashia Redhouse told Tribal Business News.

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MISSION, S.D. — In March 2020, the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation, the economic development arm of the Rosebud Sioux tribe, launched the Wolakota Regenerative Buffalo Range across 28,000 acres of land.

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JEMEZ PUEBLO, N.M. — The advent of COVID-19 devastated food supply lines across the United States, leaving grocery store shelves bare and people scrambling to make ends meet.