Free Webinar: USDA National Organic Program

FREE WEBINAR!

USDA National Organic Program: Is Organic an Option for Me?
Thursday, December 7, 2017
11 a.m. Pacific / Noon Mountain / 1 p.m. Central / 2 p.m Eastern

Join the USDA National Organic Program staff as they share information about the USDA organic regulations, what the organic label means, and how to become USDA Certified Organic. Learn about the wide variety of USDA resources available to farmers, ranchers and other businesses looking to join the organic sector.

Topics include:

  • Origin of the U.S. Organic Sector
  • What is Organic?
  • National Organic Program
  • The Organic Community
  • Organic Agriculture — The Basics
  • Understanding the Organic Label
  • Role of Certifiers
  • Getting Certified
  • Market Overview
  • USDA Resources

Presenter:

Vanessa Garcia Polanco, USDA National Organic Program

Free Webinar: “Native Infusion: Honoring Ancestral Beverages”

FREE WEBINAR!

Native Infusion: A Guide to Honoring Ancestral Beverages to Uphold our Health
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
11 a.m. Pacific / Noon Mountain / 1 p.m. Central / 2 p.m. Eastern

Coming up in the free First Nations Knowledge webinar series is Native Infusion: A Guide to Honoring Ancestral Beverages to Uphold our Health. Join us as we unpack a toolkit that aims to encourage tribal communities to put down the sugary drinks and consume more of our heritage by increasing consumption of water, teas, broths and smoothies. We will share examples of culturally-relevant beverages, strategic community-level interventions, and how to design your own ancestral beverage campaign.


Our Presenter

Valerie Segrest is a Native nutrition educator who specializes in local and traditional foods. As an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, she serves her community as the coordinator of the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project and also works as the Traditional Foods and Medicines Program Manager.

In 2010, she co-authored the book Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture. She is a Kellogg Fellow at the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy. Valerie inspires and enlightens others about the importance of a nutrient-dense diet through a simple, common-sense approach to eating. Learn more about Valerie here: http://www.tedxrainier.com/speakers/valerie-segrest/.

NOTE: Related to this webinar, First Nations has also launched a new, online FDPIR Toolkit that provides resources related to healthy cooking with food items provided in Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) packages, plus materials from Valerie’s “Native Infusion” project. The toolkit contains cookbooks, videos, posters, the “Native Infusion” book by Valerie and Elise Krohn, and other materials.

*Information from http://www.firstnations.org/

Agenda Finalized for Food Sovereignty Summit!

The Food Sovereignty Summit is THE national forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within our communities, and it’s scheduled for October 2-5, 2017, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As always, it is co-hosted by First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.

The full agenda can be found here. Go to www.firstnations.org/summit for info or to register now!

This event is perfect for Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers, tribal agriculture staff, Native nonprofits working in agriculture, small producers, tribal producers and tribal leaders. Optional experiential learning sessions are scheduled, and the main Summit offers three training tracks:

  • Track 1: Applied Agriculture
  • Track 2: Community Outreach
  • Track 3: Products to Market

The planned Experiential Learning Sessions are:

  • Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm – Managed Grazing
  • Aquaponics
  • Environmental Restoration – “Trout Creek Headwater Tributary”
  • Apple Production, Processing and Outreach
  • Husking Bee
  • Oneida Market and One-Stop Tour
  • Oneida Farm and Buffalo Lookout

It’s all happening October 2-5, 2017!

Radisson Hotel
2040 Airport Drive
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54313

Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects

Forward Promise Empowerment Projects
Grant Opportunity

First Nations Development Institute has partnered with Forward Promise to bring you this important message.Forward Promise, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, established to promote the health of boys and young men of color (BYMOC), is pleased to announce the release of its new Call for Proposals (CFP) – Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects.

Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects seeks to elevate solutions and strategies that provide culturally-relevant and evidence-supported responses to trauma for BYMOC ages 12-24, while promoting opportunities for them to heal, grow and thrive.

Empowerment Projects will support up to nine organizations with grants between $150,000 and $450,000 over two years, to strengthen their capacity to provide programming for and with BYMOC; enhance their ability to use data and research; and increase their ability to influence policy and practice in support of culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, and healing-promoting strategies BYMOC.

 

Complete information about the CFP and how to apply is also available at www.rwjf.org/cfp/fwp3. The deadline for submitting brief proposals is May 2, 2017, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

Save the Date! National Food Sovereignty Summit

October 2-5, 2017 | Green Bay, WI

First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will host the National Food Sovereignty Summit October 2-5, 2017, at the Radisson hotel in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

This event is for Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers, tribal agriculture staff, Native nonprofits working in agriculture, small producers, tribal producers and tribal leaders. Optional experiential learning sessions are scheduled, and the main Summit offers three main training tracks:

  • Track 1: Applied Agriculture
  • Track 2: Community Outreach
  • Track 3: Products to Market

If you are interested in presenting at the conference, donating traditional foods, or becoming a sponsor, please contact Autumn Romero at aromero@firstnations.org

Go to www.firstnations.org/summit for info or to register now

Economic Impact of Tribal Colleges is Significant!

A new report from First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) finds that tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) contribute significantly to both short- and long-term economic development in reservation-based Native communities. The study covered TCUs in the Northwest Area Foundation’s eight-state region.

The report illustrates that the 19 TCUs in the eight-state region of the Northwest Area Foundation serve as immediate economic drivers in reservation-based communities. These 19 TCUs accounted for an average of more than $217 million in revenue between 2010 and 2011, and more than $285 million in net assets. Furthermore, the 19 TCUs employ more than 4,200 individuals.

TCUs also contribute to long-term, sustainable economic development by providing a more skilled workforce, encouraging entrepreneurship and small business development through a range of programs and services, and even offering asset-building programs to all community members through financial education classes and financial coaching.

To read the full article Click here

 

First Junk Food Tax in the Country – Navajo Nation Leading the Way!

LONGMONT, Colorado (February 28, 2017) – First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) announced today a unique funding collaborative formed to support the Diné Community Advocacy Alliance (DCAA) in its efforts to implement healthy foods legislation passed by the Navajo Nation. In 2014, the Navajo Nation passed two new and innovative policies to encourage healthy living and lifestyles on the Navajo Nation:

→Navajo Nation Council Resolution CJA-05-14 removed the Navajo Nation 5% sales tax on healthy foods sold on the Navajo reservation, including fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, water, nuts, nut butters, and seeds, and;

→The Healthy Diné Nation Act (HDNA) of 2014 authorized an additional 2% sales tax on unhealthy foods and sugar-sweetened beverages in all retail locations on the Navajo Nation, the first junk food tax in the United States.

Launched with a leading gift from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the funding collaborative will support DCAA with a combined gift of $262,000. This includes funding from:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – $100,000
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) under its national Seeds of Native Health campaign – $80,000
  • The Christensen Fund – $75,000
  • Anonymous donor – $7,000

“To improve Native Americans’ dietary health, tribal communities must take control of their own destinies.  We are pleased to have our Seeds of Native Health campaign work with First Nations and other funders to support the Navajo Nation’s groundbreaking policies to better the health of their people.”  – SMSC Chairman Charles R. Vig –

Click here to read entire press release.

Nutrition Education Grants Available for Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations Due August 23!

FDPIR

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), under its new “Nutrition Education for Native American Communities” project, will provide grants to Native American communities interested in starting or expanding nutrition education programming for Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) recipients. With the generous support of the Walmart Foundation, First Nations plans to award up to 30 grants totaling $10,000 each to FDPIR programs that expand access to nutrition education programs in Native communities and measure the effectiveness of education interventions.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

For full information on this grant opportunity or to begin an application, please visit http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2016FDPIR

Article: Ego Strengths, Racial/Ethnic Identity, and Well-Being Among North American Indian/First Nations Adolescents

This study investigated associations between ego strengths (psychosocial development), racial/ethnic identity using Multi-Ethnic Identity Measure-Revised (exploration, commitment) and Multidimensional Measure of Racial Identity (centrality, private regard, public regard) dimensions, and personal adjustment/well-being among 178 North American Indian/First Nations adolescents who resided and attended school on reserves.

Apply by January 15th for First Nations Graphic Designer/Communications Assistant

apply today

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is seeking a Graphic Designer/Communications Assistant based at our headquarters in Longmont, Colorado, with primary responsibility for major web duties and graphic design for both both web and print. The position can evolve into broader communications, PR and marketing duties, too, depending on the person. Deadline to apply is Jan. 15, 2015.

For full information and application instructions, see http://www.firstnations.org/about/jobs and click on the Graphic Designer/Communications Assistant link.