“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.” 

Dakota Proverb

Our Stories

For Indigenous people, telling stories is embedded in our culture, our history, and our language. We remember who we are every time we tell a story that carries our values as teachings to be shared with our children. Through our stories, we share our deepest held beliefs about creation, our responsibility as human beings to be good relatives, and the importance of caring for our communities. We create the world we live in through the stories we tell.

On this page, Our Stories, we hope to rebuild relationships through sharing the stories of our seeds, our foods, and our work to reclaim traditional lifeways for the health and well-being of our communities. We welcome stories from your communities as well!

Leadership Update at NAFSA: Embracing Change and Renewed Commitment

Flagstaff, AZ - The Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA) announces a significant transition within its leadership. Shiloh Maples, who has served as the Interim Executive Director, and Kristine Piasecki, the Director of Finance, have both completed their...

NAFSA Announces Resignation of Executive Director and Appointment of Interim Leadership

Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA), a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring Indigenous food systems that support Indigenous self-determination, wellness, cultures, values, communities, economies, languages, and families, announces the...

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...

Entering a Time of New Growth and Renewal

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.

Celebrating Resilience: NAFSA’s First Virtual Indigenous Agro-Biodiversity Fair

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.

Welcome to our New Website!

Letter from our Executive Director Han Mitakuyepi, Hello all my relatives! As the new Executive Director for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, I am deeply honored to be part of this dynamic organization. As we build towards the future, our newly launched...

August 2018 Update from the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network

The Indigenous Seed Keepers Network (ISKN) has been working on organizing a number of gatherings and ways we can bring the message of our program and overall NAFSA voice into native communities. As a part of our mission of our program, we continue to develop...