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Longmont, Colorado, May 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has selected three grantees under its previously announced “Changing Native Food Economies in Minnesota and North Dakota” project, which was made possible through a grant from the Otto Bremer Trust.
Under the grant, which was announced in December 2018, First Nations said it would select and support three Native American programs in Minnesota and/or North Dakota to help them reclaim control of their community food systems as a means for creating strong, diverse and resilient Native economies. These tribes will build community connections and identify market opportunities that will, in the long term, reduce economic leakage from local food systems and, in so doing, strengthen tribal sovereignty. The participants will build on already-conducted community food assessments that identified related assets and set the stage for this work.
The grantees are:
In addition to the grants, First Nations will provide technical assistance and training that will build the organizations’ capacity, and peer networking that will allow them to form a community of practice. For Native communities, increasing control of the community food system provides opportunities to create jobs and small businesses, increases access to locally-produced and healthier foods, helps family food dollars go farther, and reinforces tribal food traditions.
About First Nations Development Institute
For nearly 39 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 www.firstnations.org.
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