Welcome to the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA)
We are an organization dedicated to restoring the food systems that support Indigenous self-determination, wellness, cultures, values, communities, economies, languages, and families while rebuilding relationships with the land, water, plants, and animals that sustain us.
Through our efforts and programs, we bring stakeholders and communities together to advocate and support best practices and policies that enhance dynamic Native food systems, sustainable economic development, education, trade routes, stewardship, and multi-generational empowerment.
We work to put the farmers, wild-crafters, fishers, hunters, ranchers, and eaters at the center of decision-making on policies, strategies and natural resource management.
NAFSA was an idea which incubated during a Taos County Economic Development Corporation grant from Oxfam America in 2005. Through this grant, the funder was interested in bringing together grassroots Native food activists over an extended period of time to see a greater impact on Native food systems.
During these convenings, participants from 13 tribes came together to share their knowledge and skills in agriculture, seed saving and foods. These activities resulted in the first attempted seed sovereignty declaration and a completed Food Sovereignty Declaration with a Call to Action.
Seeds are Life
Seeds are a vibrant and vital foundation for food sovereignty, and are the basis for a sustainable, healthy agriculture. We understand that seeds are our precious collective inheritance and it is our responsibility to care for the seeds as part of our responsibility to feed and nourish ourselves and future generations. As a national network, we leverage resources and cultivate solidarity and communication within the matrix of regional grass-roots tribal seed sovereignty projects.
Learn more about our projects and programs.
Indigenous Seedkeeper Network
ISKN’s mission is to nourish and assist the growing Seed Sovereignty Movement across Turtle Island ( North America). As a national network, we leverage resources and cultivate solidarity and communication within the matrix of regional grass-roots tribal seed sovereignty projects.
Food and Culinary Mentorship Program
NAFSA’s Food and Culinary Mentorship Program assists Indigenous Peoples and communities in reconnecting with their traditional diets and lifeways for the wellbeing and health of their communities.
How You Can Help:
Your gift to Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA) benefits and supports Native communities’ food sovereignty and food security efforts and projects.
Make a tax-deductible online gift today to help us restore, support, and develop Indigenous Food Systems.
Shifting Power while Amplifying Indigenous-led Solutions: A Message from NAFSA Executive Director, Lilian Hill
A new year reflection on growth, the Indigenous food sovereignty movement, and tending Indigenous futures.
Welcoming NAFSA’s new Executive Director, Lilian Hill!
It has been a conscious and exciting effort to open two leadership positions to our community, and we are thrilled to announce the selection of a new Executive Director to lead NAFSA.
Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Food & Culinary Program Grantees
Congratulations to the grant recipients of the Food & Culinary program of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance
Congratulations to the 2022-2023 ISKN Grantees
Congratulations to the grant recipients of the Indigenous Seedkeepers Network of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance
Seed Mother Coming Home Film Festival announcements
We're excited to share that our short film Seed Mother: Coming Home has been selected to screen at this year's imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto and also at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival! ! It's a great honor to be invited to gather with...