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March 1, 2013

Formation of New 'Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance' Moving Ahead Following Introductory Webinar That Drew Nearly 200 National Participants
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First Nations Development Institute and the Taos County Economic Development Corporation are combining efforts to create the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, or NAFSA. This follows an introductory webinar in January attended by nearly 200 interested parties across the U.S.

NAFSA is a sustainable and organized movement that is driven and controlled by Native Americans. While the focus is on health, nutrition and cultural identity, NAFSA also works with the business sector.  Organizers believe that controlling Native food systems will promote economic development in Native communities.

the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance
Addressing food security, hunger and nutrition in Native communities at the national, tribal and local levels. 
Giving voice to issues of Native food-system control and policy development.
 Providing a network for collaboration among those involved in Native food-system control. 

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is funding the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance.  Kellogg underwrites many Native agriculture and food-related projects through First Nations Development Institute.

The first in-person meeting for those interested in NAFSA is during April's Food Sovereignty Summit in Wisconsin. The Summit is sponsored by First Nations Development Institute, the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Intertribal Agriculture Council and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

The professional tracks at the conference include Sustainable Agricultural Practices; Community Outreach and Development; and Business Management, Finance and Marketing. Attendees have the option of attending sessions in just one track, or they may customize their experience by selecting any session.

Native American Food Sovereignty Summit
April 15-18, 2013

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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