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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Native American Agriculture Fund has begun requesting applications for its 2022 round of grantmaking. 

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The Farm Credit Administration has pledged to collaborate with the Native American Agriculture Fund in its efforts to improve Native producers’ access to credit.

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More than 1,000 years ago, the Anishinaabek were prompted by a prophecy to travel west in search of the land where food grows on water. They left what is now New Brunswick, Maine, traversing the St. Lawrence River until it opened into the Great Lakes region, where they discovered wild rice and their new home. They named the plentiful rice “manoomin,” and it became a cultural centerpiece to Anishinaabek life. 

But the once-plentiful manoomin has been significantly diminished because of habitat loss and degradation tied to logging and industrial uses of Michigan’s waterways.

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As food supply chain disruptions prompted many tribes to seek out ways to better control their own food systems, Native advocates are turning their attention to barriers that frequently prevent Native producers from serving their own communities.

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A department-wide push for equity continues at the U.S. Department of Agriculture through a new one-time program aimed at building cooperative relationships and improving programmatic access for underserved communities. 

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All three Indigenous semifinalists in this year’s prestigious James Beard Awards, a program to recognize innovative chefs and restaurants across the country, have advanced to the round of finalists. 

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The traditional homelands of the Alutiiq tribe on the Kodiak Archipelago of Alaska is home to just eight farms, and a single trip to the mainland requires both a long drive and a plane ride.

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LONGMONT, Colo. — A popular grant program aimed at improving food sovereignty in tribal communities faces an uncertain future thanks to dwindling funding, even as it supports projects across the country. 

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If Sean Sherman needed any more proof of concept for the Owamni restaurant he launched in 2021 with his partner Dana Thompson to celebrate Indigenous foods, he received a loud and clear message last week.

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The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has forged a partnership with the Mississippi State University Extension Service to help recruit and retain tribal students as they work toward their career goals.