Building Relationships in Indian Country

Philanthropic funding for the Native communities on whose stolen lands our agricultural industry and our very nation has been built lags behind funding for all other communities of color, including among food systems funders.

SAFSF has worked over the last 15 years to highlight the struggle to restore food sovereignty to Indian Country. Funders have learned from indigenous farmers, fishers, chefs and entrepreneurs about traditional foodways. They’ve heard from nonprofit and Tribal government leaders about structural and legal obstacles to reclaiming power over land, water and food. And they’ve heard from a handful of funders making meaningful investments in Indian Country.



Yet, the needle has not moved significantly. In the wake of the health and economic devastation of COVID-19 on Indian communities, the need for philanthropic commitment to Indian Country has never been greater.

Upcoming SAFSF Indian Country Programs

The unique aspects of agricultural and food policy as they relate to Tribal nations and Native communities are a key part of the discussion in our SAFSF 2020 Policy Outlook and Funder Strategy Conference.


In partnership with SAFSF member First Nations Development Institute: