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First Nations Development Institute Awards $375,000 To 10 Native Food Projects

LONGMONT, Colo., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First Nations Development Institute ( First Nations) today announced it has awarded a new round of grants totaling $375,000 to 10 Native American organizations. The grants, made possible by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, were awarded under First Nations' Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative ( NAFSI). 

All of the projects aim to enhance Native control of local food systems – especially in addressing issues such as food insecurity, food deserts, and health and nutrition – while bolstering much-needed economic development in those communities.

The award amounts were $37,500 each.  The grantees and projects are:

  • Big Pine Paiute Tribe of Owens Valley, Big Pine, California – Sustainable Food System Development Project.
  • Hunkpati Investments, Inc., Fort Thompson, South Dakota – Crow Creek Fresh Food Initiative.
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Hayward, Wisconsin – Increasing Food Security through Infrastructure, Research and Animal Husbandry Feasibility Assessments.
  • Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Washington – Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project.
  • The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Oneida, Wisconsin – Oneida Youth Food System Entrepreneur Project.
  • Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, Ponca City, Oklahoma – Egg Production for Us, by Us.
  • Pueblo of Nambe, Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico – Nambe Pueblo Community Farm.
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe, San Carlos, Arizona – Traditional Western Apache Diet Project.
  • Taos County Economic Development Corporation, Taos, New Mexico – Native Food Sovereignty Alliance. 
  • Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders' Association Inc., Kamuela, Hawaii – Farming for the Working Class.

More detailed information about the individual projects can be found here.

About First Nations Development InstituteFor more than 30 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities.  First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit

CONTACT: Randy Blauvelt, First Nations Senior Communications Officer (303) 774-7836

SOURCE First Nations Development Institute

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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