The Founding Council for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA) met recently on the homelands of the Santa Ana Pueblo to plan out priority actions and elect officers of the Board of Directors. The Founding Council and Board of Directors are grassroots food sovereignty practitioners who have been working on Native food issues for many years in their home communities. Their vision is “Advocating for and supporting all levels of food security and food sovereignty in local, tribal, regional, national and international arenas”
Practitioners attending this meeting represented many tribal communities from the four directions, coming from New York, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Oregon, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and South Dakota.
The founding council elected the executive committee and officers, which includes President: Dan Cornelius, Vice President: Pati Martinson, Treasurer: Jon Mathews, Secretary: Elizabeth Hoover with at large members Pam Kingfisher, Rowen White and Nicole Yanes.