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COALITION

INDIAN COUNTRY'S INTEREST IN THE FARM BILL

Every five years, Congress passes a Farm Bill. This massive piece of legislation funds and sets policy on a wide variety of national programs ranging from nutrition and agriculture to conservation and forestry.

 

Indian Country has an enormous interest in this legislation. Despite recent tribal progress to restore Native food systems, many Tribes still rely heavily on federal programs to feed  themselves. The 2018 Farm Bill was a historic milestone for Indian Country and the federal government’s focus on and investment in Native agricultural production, rural infrastructure, economic development, conservation, and forestry. It also safeguarded vitally important nutrition assistance programs on which many Native Americans depend.

HISTORY OF THE COALITION

 

Since its creation in 1987, the Intertribal Agriculture Council has been one of the stalwart voices for Tribal producers and Tribal government interests in food and agriculture advocacy. In the 1990 Farm Bill, “Tribes” and “Tribal producers” were listed several times for the very first time. Through IAC’s advocacy, technical education and public issues efforts, and later partners joining in, the Farm Bill included more opportunities for Tribes and Tribal producers. The connection between IAC’s technical education and public issues advocacy allowed others to see what was wrong and how it should be fixed.

 

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s five-year philanthropic campaign to improve Native nutrition and food sovereignty led to it commissioning a landmark report, Regaining Our Future, which identified how Indian Country could be better positioned in the 2018 Farm Bill. Through this report, IAC's network of advocates, and significant financial support from the SMSC, the Native Farm Bill Coalition was launched to give Tribes and Native producers a stronger, more united voice to advance a common Farm Bill agenda.

 

Since the Coalition’s launch in October 2017, more than 170 Tribes, Intertribal groups, other Native organizations, and non-Native allies have become members of the Native Farm Bill Coalition. Together, the members develop the Coalition’s priorities for the Farm Bill and keep Congress focused on Tribal concerns. The Coalition represents the largest-ever coordinated effort in Indian County around federal food, agriculture, and nutrition policy

JOIN THE NATIVE FARM BILL COALITION

 

With the 2023 Farm Bill on the horizon, we are seeking to expand the coalition. If you are interested in learning more about how your Tribe or Intertribal, Native, or ally organization can join the Native Farm Bill Coalition, please click on the "Join Us" button in the upper right-hand corner of the page. All new members will be added to our list of coalition members, which will be updated regularly.

NFBC COALITION MEMBERS

The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC), Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and the Intertribal Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) as the Coalition's research partner, initiated the Native Farm Bill Coalition. Membership in the Coalition does not imply the Coalition’s support or endorsement of an individual member’s mission or advocacy agenda.

Tribes

Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria
Blackfeet Nation
Blue Lake Rancheria
Cabazon Band of Mission Indians
Caddo Nation of Oklahoma

Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria

Cherokee Nation
Chippewa Cree Tribe
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Colorado River Indian Tribes
Colusa Indian Community
Comanche Nation
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Duckwater Shoshone Tribe
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Fort Belknap Indian Community
Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians
Hoopa Valley Tribe
Hualapai Tribe
Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Kasigluk Traditional Elders Council
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas
Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
Mescalero Apache Tribe
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Native Village of Noatak
Native Village of White Mountain
Navajo Nation
Nez Perce Tribe
Oneida Nation
Organized Village of Saxman
Osage Nation
Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah
Pala Band of Mission Indians
Pascua Yaqui Tribe
Pauma Band of Mission Indians
Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
Potter Valley Tribe
Port Gamble S’Kallam Tribe
Pueblo of Laguna
Pueblo of Tesuque
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Quapaw Tribe
Quinault Indian Nation
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
Resighini Rancheria
San Carlos Apache Tribe
Santa Domingo Pueblo

Santee Sioux Nation in Nebraska
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Seneca Nation of Indians
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation
South Fork Band of Temoke Western Shoshone
Spirit Lake Tribe
Summit Lake Paiute Tribe
Suquamish Tribe
Village of Venetie
Walker River Paiute Tribe
White Earth Band of Chippewa Indians
White Mountain Apache Tribe
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
Wiyot Tribe
Yakama Nation
Yerington Paiute Tribe
Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Indian Reservation

Intertribal Organizations

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

Alaska Native Health Board
All Pueblo Council of Governors

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)

Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC)

Intertribal Buffalo Council (ITBC)

Intertribal Timber Council (ITC)
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
United South and Eastern Tribes – Sovereignty Protection Fund

Native Organizations

Akiptan, Inc. Community Development Financial Institution

Alaska Village Initiatives (AVI)

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)
First Nations Development Institute

Fort Berthold Allottee Land & Mineral Owners Association
Four Bands Community Fund CDFI

Friendship House Association of American Indians
Ho-Chunk, Inc.
Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (research partner)

Kamehameha Schools

Makoce Agriculture Development, Inc

Mesa Grande Business Development Corporation
National Indian Education Association
National Indian Health Board

Native American Contractors Association

Nixyáawii Community Financial Services

Northern Shores Community Development, Inc.

Numu Allottee Association

Oklahoma Tribal Engagement Partners
Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority

Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations

Allies


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National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD)
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)