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.
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.
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.
Native Food Sovereignty events provide the opportunity for Indigenous communities to gather in solidarity around a common mission to restore tribal foodways and trade routes. They bring an incredible infusion of power and inspiration to an already thriving local and regional movement for food sovereignty.
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.
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.
At NAFSA, when a person leaves their position, we like to say that they’re simply moving to another place in the circle. This example of circular, adaptive leadership is modeled for us by our geese relatives, who we observe practicing shared guidance in the direction of their flocks.
There is not a continent on Earth that is untouched by the beautiful creative innovative foods and seeds that have evolved under the mutually beneficial care of Indigenous peoples of the Americas. These times of great transition and transformation are a wonderful moment to celebrate them.