Native Food Access Survey - Open Now Until June 30th

The Native American Agriculture Fund and Food Reasearch and Action Center are asking you to make your voice heard on food access barriers, food sovereignty, and food security in your household and tribal community to better inform stakeholders on addressing those challenges and invest in solutions.

49% of American Indian and Alaska Natives experienced food insecurity during COVID-19, and one in four experienced very low food insecurity.

Complete the Food Access Survey by June 30, 2023:

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Take the #NativeFoodAccess Survey today! It’s confidential and takes less than 15 minutes.

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General Webinar Slides
Youth Webinar Slides

Watch the first two 2023 RFA webinars. All webinar recordings are currently posted and archived on the NAAF website. The dates for each webinar are found below and registration is required to participate. The webinars offer technical assistance to applicants and provide clarification concerning applicant eligibility or focus areas for applications during this grant cycle.

The first hour will provide an overview of the RFA, and the second hour is a live RFA question and answer period.

General Webinars

  • Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 2 pm - 4 pm Central
  • Thursday, May 25, 2023, at 2 pm - 4 pm Central
General Webinars

All the details about the RFA and webinar registration can be found on the NAAF website. Contact grants@NativeAmericanAgricultureFund with questions.

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Upcoming Cultural Foodways Fund Webinars

The Cultural Foodways Fund is accepting proposals through June 1, 2023, and seeks to fund TCUs to conduct projects that focus on learning about, sharing, and safeguarding the cultural and humanities aspects of work that addresses the traditions, ceremonies, language, art, storytelling, cosmologies, belief systems, customs, and ways of being intertwined with Indigenous foodways.

Upcoming RFA webinars

  • May 9, 2 pm - 3 pm Central.
  • May 23, 2 pm - 3 pm Central.
Webinar Registrations
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USDA Consultations

2023 Equity and Barriers Tribal Consultation

USDA will be holding a third consecutive consultation on equity and barriers.This will build on the discussions had during the previous consultations and go through the progress on these barriers and the work that needs to be done. Like the consultation last year, this will be broken up over five days by topic area. Each day the time will be 2:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET.
Upcoming Consultations:
  • Monday, May 1: Education and Research
Framing Papers, detailed agenda, and list of USDA consulting officials will be posted on the OTR consultation website soon.
Visit the OTR Consultation Website

Native AGvocate

This spring, the Native Farm Bill Coalition is organizing a series of “fly-ins” for Tribal leaders and Native producers across the country to talk directly with members of Congress, their staff, and the Biden Administration.

Upcoming Regional Fly-Ins

May 16-18 – Southwest Tribes and Navajo Region (tentative)

Registration deadline: May 2

By participating in these fly-ins, Coalition members will have the opportunity to advocate for policy changes that would positively impact Indian Country, such as strengthening tribal self-governance, allowing Tribes to manage nutrition programs, investing in economic development opportunities in rural communities, and much more.

To learn more about the tentative schedule and fly-in details visit the NFBC website.

Learn More about the NFBC Fly ins

Indigenous Communities Fellowship

MIT Solve has announced the Indigenous Communities Fellowship is open now through Tuesday, May 9th.


The 2023 Indigenous Communities Fellowship seeks Native innovators in the US and Canada who are using traditional knowledge and technology to meet their communities' social, environmental, and economic goals. All of the selected fellows will receive at least $10,000 USD, as well as be eligible for additional grants from partners. Fellows also join a year-long cohort with other innovators where they can present their solutions to potential funders at the Solve Challenge Finals in NYC during the United Nations General Assembly in September, at our Equity Summit, and Solve at MIT on the MIT campus in May.


To that end, MIT Solve seeks solutions that:

  • Strengthen sustainable energy sovereignty and support climate resilience initiatives by and for Indigenous peoples.
  • Support the creation, growth, and success of Indigenous-owned businesses and promote economic opportunity in Indigenous communities.
  • Drive positive outcomes for Indigenous learners of any age and context through culturally grounded educational opportunities.
  • Promote culturally informed mental and physical health and wellness services for Indigenous community members.

If you or someone you know has a solution, you can apply heree today!

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Do you run a small meat and poultry processor or business? Apply for two new grant opportunities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Indigenous Animals Harvesting and Meat Processing Grant (IAG) and the Local Meat Capacity Grant (Local MCap) are open for applications through July 19th.

The IAG program is designed to support the priorities of Tribal Nations in meeting the needs of traditional harvesting methods and Indigenous animals.

The Local MCap program supports independently owned meat and poultry processing businesses with funds to provide more and better processing options for local livestock producers.

Visit the links below to find out more about these programs, upcoming webinar information, and more!

Indigenous Animals Harvesting and Meat Processing Grant
Local Meat Capacity Grant (Local MCap)

Census of Agriculture Deadline Extended

The Census of Agriculture helps inform programming and support, such as increasing access to capital and investments in infrastructure at all levels of national, state, and tribal policies. The data gathered from the census is used by many entities, including NAAF, to help conduct outreach efforts to areas with high populations of Native producers to help support them through grantmaking opportunities. Native producers have been underrepresented in agricultural policies due to a lack of accurate data representation.

Filling out the Agriculture Census will provide the foundation for future advocacy initiatives and will be a step towards providing equitable policies which uplift Native agriculture. Learn more about how the Ag Census helps show the impact of diversity of agriculture in Indian Country.

Join us as we show the diversity and strength within Indian Country.

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Sustainable Molokai

Kaunakakai, HI

NAAF visited Sustainable Molokai to visit their chicken farm. Sustainable Molokai (SM) is a 501c3 dedicated to offering sustainable solutions through Molokai cultural heritage principles. In 2021, SM worked with 21 Native Hawaiian farmers to launch successful sustainable chicken egg businesses and increase access to capital with NAAF funding.

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