On Thursday, December 2nd, the Native Farm Bill Coalition's very own Erin Parker and Lexie Holden were interviewed live on Native America Calling. They discussed the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations' (FDPIR) Self-Determination Demonstration Projects. These projects allow Tribes to select and purchase foods for their own FDPIR food packages under PL 93-638, and are a major step forward towards increasing Tribal food sovereignty. PL 93-638 was made possible through the NFBC's 2018 advocacy efforts, which created the Self-Determination Demonstration Project program.
Currently seven Tribes and Tribal organizations are part of this demonstration project:
The Oneida Nation/Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa from Wisconsin
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians from Michigan
The Lummi Nation from Washington State
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) from Alaska
The Chickasaw Nation from Oklahoma
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians from Mississippi
Erin and Lexie were also joined by three other guests:
Daniel Guzman-King (Oneida) – councilman of the Oneida Nation
Gregory Nothstine (member of the Native Village of Wells) – Food Distribution Program manager for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota) – chef, CEO and co-founder of NATIFS, North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems, and The Sioux Chef
To listen to the segment in its entirety, click here.