Administration Takes Steps to Strengthen Tribal Food Sovereignty

The Biden-Harris Administration has announced several actions to strengthen tribal food sovereignty, co-stewardship, and knowledge of tribal agriculture policy (USDA Rural Development). These initiatives aim to empower Tribal Nations to control their own food systems, promote indigenous agriculture, and enhance food security in tribal communities.

A key component of the administration’s strategy is to provide financial support to Tribal Nations. The administration is set to award more than $42 million to eight Tribal Nations under the Indigenous Animals Harvesting and Diverse Education program. This funding will enable tribes to strengthen their food systems, promote traditional foodways, and support the harvesting and management of indigenous animals.

The administration is also taking steps to increase co-stewardship opportunities with Tribal Nations. The Department of the Interior has announced new steps to strengthen the nation-to-nation relationship with tribes, including new co-stewardship agreements. These agreements will allow tribes to play a more active role in the management of ancestral lands and natural resources, promoting the conservation of biodiversity and the preservation of cultural heritage.

Furthermore, the administration is working to better connect Tribal Nation leaders, land managers, agricultural producers, and citizens with USDA programs and services. By improving access to federal resources, the administration aims to support tribal agriculture, enhance food security, and promote economic development in tribal communities.

The administration’s actions to strengthen tribal food sovereignty are a critical step towards addressing the historical injustices and ongoing disparities that tribal communities face in the food system. By empowering tribes to control their own food systems, the administration is promoting food justice, cultural preservation, and the well-being of indigenous peoples. As the administration continues to implement these initiatives, it is essential to prioritize the principles of tribal self-determination, co-stewardship, and free, prior, and informed consent.