NCAI Tribal Food Sovereignty Update


NCAI’s Tribal Food Sovereignty Advancement Initiative (TFSAI) continued building momentum during NCAI’s 76th Annual Convention and Marketplace in Albuquerque, NM. TFSAI debuted its first peer-to-peer learning session, Leading Approaches and Lessons Learned, at the event.

Leading Approaches and Lessons Learned showcased three innovative tribal food sovereignty initiatives that offer tribal nations and organizations important, transferable lessons about how to approach the task of reclaiming and revitalizing tribal food systems. Representatives of these initiatives discussed the direct, reciprocal relationship between food sovereignty and the economic, social, cultural, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being of Native peoples, and how tribal nations’ initiatives work to deliberately strengthen the well-being of Native peoples in different ways. Stay tuned for the link to the session in the next NCAI Tribal Food Sovereignty Update.

As part of the session, TFSAI also shared its case study of the Yurok Tribe, the first of five case studies of leading tribal food sovereignty approaches that NCAI will release over the next year. To read the case study, click here.

Tribal Food Sovereignty News

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Trotters to tenderloin with all the bacon between

Tribal Food Sovereignty Policy Updates

USDA Releases Interim Final Rule for Industrial Hemp Production, Requests CommentsWatch USDA Final Rule Video Explainer

USDA Final Rule: FDPIR Revisions to the Administrative Match Requirement


About TFSAI: The NCAI Tribal Food Sovereignty Advancement Initiative (TFSAI) works to support the development and strengthening of tribal nations’ efforts to build and protect the Indigenous food systems that have long sustained their citizens, communities, and cultures.

Among other activities, TFSAI empowers tribal food sovereignty by: creating a forum for tribal leaders to share best practices for advancing food sovereignty; assisting tribal governments with developing food sovereignty and related policies; advocating for federal policy changes needed to improve the quality and accessibility of food assistance and cultivation programs; protecting and sustaining tribal lands, waters, and natural resources integral to tribal food systems; and providing materials to help build the knowledge base and skills of current and aspiring Native farmers, ranchers, and other food providers.

For more information about NCAI’s Tribal Food Sovereignty Advancement Initiative, please email