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 website is just one of the exciting changes happening at NAFSA. Our work today is made possible by the commitment from the founding Leadership Council in seeing NAFSA become a reality. We are also grateful to Interim Executive Director, Pati Martinson, and the Taos Community Economic Development Corporation for their generous support.

Strong from the Beginning

NAFSA Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance - Indigenous StorytellingIn its first few years, NAFSA has established a strong, national network of Native people engaged in restoring indigenous food systems. From Indigenous seed keeping to mentoring Native chefs at regional food summits, NAFSA is connecting people with resources, education and mentoring. At the heart of our work is a commitment to honoring the ancestral knowledge that will restore food security and ensure the health of our communities.

NAFSA is preparing to move into the next phase of its development, creating the internal systems that will allow it to grow, flourish and sustain this work for years to come. As I step into this new role, I am mindful of a few simple teachings that guide me in this work. First, that our food is our medicine. We nourish our bodies with the gifts we receive from the earth, and in turn, we have a responsibility to nourish the earth. We remember that food is at the center of culture, as we maintain the songs, the prayers, and the ceremonies that express our gratitude.

The Future of NAFSA

NAFSA Native Food AllianceOver the coming year, we will be strengthening our communication as a key element in building a vital network of Native communities across the country. Creating strong relationships with partners and collaborators is a priority for NAFSA, to ensure that our programs are responsive to the needs of our communities, whether it’s starting a garden, preparing a feast, or launching a food business.

That means, of course, that we want to hear from you! Please send us an email and share your vision for rebuilding indigenous food systems in your community.

Pidamaye ye!

Diane Wilson