Grantees - 2011


ANS is proposing a “Challenge Project” with 10 families a reservation. It will be modeled after the various popular challenge programs that can be seen on reality television dealing with health, diet, living, and home improvements. Participants will have the chance to win incentive prizes during the project with a final larger project going to the most successful family at the completion of the project. This project will take place over a six-month period that tradition¬ally covers the highest levels of energy consumption-October to April.

The Edible Prairie is a project that will promote traditional wild foods and their role in maintaining healthy eating and restoring native prairie/savanna eco-systems. Funds for this project supported the purchasing of plant and seed stock for the AIC Wild Foods Garden and urban prairie rehabilitation projects; summer youth garden aprentices; training opportunities in urban forestry; and tools/equipment. Funds will also be used in creating public events that center on traditional wild foods, cooking, and healthy diets.

The American Indian Institute is a national organization that acts as the sole financial and administrative support source for the Traditional Circle. Through its work with the Traditional Circle, the Institute acts as a facilitator of gather¬ings of traditional peoples and youth leaders, a promoter of healing of Indian communities, and a supporter of efforts to educate non-Indians about the wisdom and harmony inherent in the traditional Indigenous worldview.

The Black Mesa Trust’s responsibilities are to inform and educate Department of the Interior Secretary Salazar’s White House staff about the devastating impacts caused by the world’s largest strip-mining company and the neces¬sary reforms and proposals for a new energy development and management paradigm on Black Mesa. Funds will be used to take the first steps toward ending destructive strip mining of coal on Black Mesa and converting the Na¬vajo Generating Station into a co-generating plant using solar and natural gas.

BWMC is dedicated to protecting the health and sustainability of Mother Earth – her land, water, plants, and all living beings. BMWC has been working towards addressing issues of water depletion, natural resource exploitation, and health promotion particularly within the Four Corner region of the Navajo Reservation, striving to empower young people while building sustainable communities. Funding will be used for a model project that shows how a large-scale solar energy project can be structured to benefit all participants.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Little Rockies goal is to expand the Community Gardening program into a viable opportunity for families and community to provide healthy vegetables and fruits for consumption and strengthen the eco¬nomic base of the Hay-Lodge Pole area with a garden-based new business and/or entrepreneurial venture.

The Ya Ne Dah Ah Be ‘endze’ Project (Ancient Teachings into the Future) is a project designed to help students bridge their cultural teachings with today’s technology and ensure their place as the future teachers of their language and culture, and tomorrow’s leaders. The funds were used to expand student’s technology, mathematics and environmental science education by teaching students to use the appropriate technology to track, document, and graph wind speeds and directionality as well as air temperature and humidity for the school year. To determine the health risks posed by the proximity of the coal dust and trucks to the school.

The Coastal Indigenous Bayou Communities is a grassroots group of coastal Indigenous bayou communities. The goals are to mitigate the effects of climate change and land loss to ensure our sustainability long into the future. Funds will be used to support a Heal the Earth gathering to be held during 2012 where communities from around the country that are being harmed by extraction is¬sues including: uranium mining, mountain top removal, fracking, tar sands, and deep water drilling. The intent is to develop strategies to address the devastat¬ing environmental, social and health effects of these activities; to make policy statements for the upcoming Presidential, state and federal elections; and to share our Indigenous wisdom to support sustainability in the communities.

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission’s mission is to ensure a unified voice in the overall management of the fishery resources, and as managers, to protect reserved treaty rights through the exercise of the inher¬ent sovereign powers of the tribes. The Native fisher population currently has minimal access to selling their salmon at farmer’s or other local food markets outside of the “over-the-bank” sales areas in places like Cascade Locks, Or¬egon. For this project, CRITFC will be providing market kits that allow Native fishermen and women to easily integrate their salmon sales at local farmer’s markets in the Hood River, Dalles, and Portland markets.

Community and Race Relations Committee is an anti-racism and decolonizing organization looking to continue working in the area of Indigenous food sover-eignty and food security by collaborating in growing Gitigaan, the Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) garden at the First Peoples House of Learning (FPHL), Trent University in Nogojiwanong. Gitigaan is an exist¬ing Anishinaabeg garden located in Michi Saagiig territory within Kina Gehi Nishinaabegogamig. The project will advance food security by facilitating com¬munity participation in growing traditional foods and medicines, and by using organic production methods. Funds will be used to further grown Gitigaan and to hire a part-time Gitigaan Coordinator to do practical growing of medicines, advocate Indigenous food sovereignty, and provide decolonizing education about local and neighboring Indigenous knowledge and history in order to increase capacity to prevent and adapt to climate change in ways that restore and resurge Indigenous cultures.

ENDAUM is a non-profit community based organization dedicated to improve the well-being of the Dine’ people who live on the Navajo

Nation in Arizona.
Their mission is to help the Dine’ people have access to safe drinking water, sanitation, low-cost housing, solar electrification, sustainable agriculture, and economic development. The funds will go directly into the creation of materi¬als, a Traditional Land-use Map, as well as into contract costs for services such as printing, web-design & hosting, printing, cartography, and travel ex¬penses for all related activities. The funds will also be used to help the Board and Coordinator to convene for meetings for the planning, facilitation and evaluation of this project.

Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute provides support and advice to Indigenous communities in North and South America reviving and strengthen¬ing traditional agriculture. The Sacred Gardens Project is building traditional native gardens in various locations to teach both Native and non-Native community members the wisdoms of our elders regarding traditional foods, medi¬cines, and seeds. Lessons learned from this project will be documented in a book that will be shared with future generations.

The vision/mission of the Four Winds Native Center is to strengthen the Indig¬enous community of Lawrence, KS, in a traditional and holistic way by offering family-based services and culturally integrated educational programs. The Center plans to prevent diabetes by offering a community garden and classes emphasizing traditional Native foods, nutritional training, food preservation, organic gardening practices, water conservation practices, and classes for Native youth to learn about the effects of climate change and learning how to grow traditional and nutritious foods.

Grandpa’s Children, Incorporated was founded as a non-profit American Indian organization in Wayne County, North Carolina with the primary goal of promoting Woodland Indian art, culture, and history as well as training “at risk” youth in museum quality historic restoration of residences. Funds were used to create an heirloom seed depository at Plum Tree Marketplace. The green¬house will provide isolation for master seed saving plants, preventing cross-pollination. Students will package the seeds and market them to local home gardeners.

The Great Platte River Road Archway has been working with the Pawnee Nation since 2004 to save traditional Pawnee seeds by growing them in their homeland of Nebraska. The archway wishes to expand gardens, with the help of Pawnee interns in order to increase production and expand the Pawnee’s knowledge of how traditional plants grow in their homeland. Funds will be used to house interns.

HAMAATSA is an indigenous learning center and demonstration center that is committed to regenerative and sustainable living, spiritual wholeness, and cultural restoration. The farm is located on 320 acres of ancestral lands, Pro¬grams emphasize land-based learning including hands-on making, stone wall construction, and permaculture classes and watershed restoration. Cultural programs are designed for Native youth and families in the areas of language preservation, revitalizing oral traditions, Indigenous agriculture, and the use of Native medicinal plants for healthy diets. Funds were used to support general operating expenses to forward the development of traditional farming projects, which promote traditional farming practices and local growing methods for the health and well-being of land and people.

Hasbídító is a community derived and managed youth centered development group that works across three chapters of the eastern Navajo Nation: Coun¬selor, Ojo Encino, and Torreon. Their goal is to increase the energy efficiencies with regard to winter heating. We will work with residents to build a straw bale house and to provide a workshop for the whole community so that everyone has greater knowledge and awareness of energy efficient housing.

Ho ‘oulu Lahui is a Native Hawaiian organization founded in 1995 with the purpose of awakening Hawaiian culture, values, beliefs, and lifestyle in part¬nership with the community to achieve unity, harmony and total well-being (lokahi). Lahui, Inc. provides cultural and educational hands on learning oppor¬tunities for the community. Lahui, Inc. will host an Uln (Breadfruit) Festival for their Island to bring awareness of this important resource for their community. Students will cultivate Ulu trees, presenters will teach about Ulu, cooking dem¬onstrations and cultural demonstrations will make the day a dynamic learning opportunity.

Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture is a community-based organization that engages, trains, and inspires Hopi youth and community to keep ancient Hopi lifeways and traditions alive. Our vision is to strengthen food security while creating op¬portunities for local Indigenous youth and community members to participate in the continuation of Hopi lifeways through the continued intergenerational practices of traditional Hopi farming and gardening as well as applying appli¬cable permaculture principles and techniques.

The Winnemem Wintu Tribe is a salmon tribe. According to our creation story we received our voice from the salmon who took pity on us and asked in return that we always speak for them as they no longer have a voice. We lost our salmon when the Shasta Dam was built and they were no longer able to get to the McCloud River, their natural spawning grounds. In 2004 we heard from a professor in New Zealand that our genetically identical salmon are alive and thriving in the Rakaia River. Since then we have been working with the United Nations, the Ngai Tahu Maori, and the New Zealand Fish and Game to bring our salmon home. We have a cost effectice plan to reconnect the McCloud with the Sacramento River and a plan for a natural, environmental hatchery. The funds will be used to expand our outreach efforts to educate our own people and those within the government as to the viability and effectiveness of our traditional tribal-based salmon restoration project. This will allow us to return to a traditional food source based on indigenous wisdom and practice.

This project involves several community groups working together to do educa¬tional workshops on Hawaii Island on Geothermal energy on Hawaii Island as well as filming of 4 (1 hour) shows on public TV on issues relating to renew¬able energy Statewide. Funds will be used for general support.

Ustlahn Harmony Garden’s mandate of establishing food security on our reserve land happens by re-establishing and/or restoring Indigenous food resources for the reserve’s people and wildlife along the east side of the Cap¬ilano River estuary where it flows into the Burrard Inlet of the Pacific Ocean. Funds will be used for general support


Alma de Mujer will establish a traditional Indigenous garden, teaching project, and farmer’s market at the Alma Retreat Center in Austin, Texas for the benefit of Indigenous women, children, and our communities.

Intertribal Council on Utility Policy was formed to provide a forum for utility issues discussion from regulatory and economic perspectives. The Intertribal COUP provides policy analysis and recommendations as well as workshops on telecommunications and climate change research. The 15 member tribes of the Intertribal Council On Utility Policy (COUP) have federally recognized Indian reservations surrounded by the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Wyoming. Intertribal COUP represents the energy interests of 13 Tribal Nations in a four state area in the Northern Plains.

Kipahulu Ohana (KO) does environmental and cultural restoration, manage¬ment and education projects in the remote East Maui communities of Hana Kipahulu, which are predominantly Native Hawaiian. KO’s main project is Kapahu Living Farm, a traditional Hawaiian agricultural restoration and educa¬tion project with wetland taro cultivation and other Hawaiian canoe plant crops.

Funds were used to hire a part-time radio programmer and help with general operating costs, as well as to purchase more current radio software. KNIZ used the funds to create programming that addresses Indigenous issues. Radio in their region is the best way to inform and engage the communities. Youth fundraising efforts at the Gallup flea market with a live remote will help with face-to-face donations
from our supporters.

The Ladybug Garden and Greenhouse (LBGG) strives to teach youth, young families, Elders and other community members the importance of fresh, afford-able foods; a better healthier lifestyle; traditional values and culture. Funds will be used to help pay staff, for traveling with the youth, and paying honoraria to coordinators to help pay for supplies for the youth. LBGG takes members on food gathering trips for berries and other Indigenous fruits, as well as having plant identification hikes, seafood gathering, and gardening activities.

Honor the Earth funds will support the creation of Lakota Solar Enterprises’ new Red Cloud Training Annex (RCTA) on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Specifically this grant will be used for the installation of the cement pad required to form the supportive base for the new building. This is a critical first step in the establishment of the RCTA which will increase access to qual¬ity training in renewable energy for Native Americans on reservations across the Great Plains and help build energy resilience in Indigenous communities.

The Lakota Waldorf School (LWS) is situated in the heart of the Pine Ridge In¬dian reservation, land of the Oglala Lakota people. LWS serves children aged 3-6 from the Pejuta hake, Allen and Manderson districts. The LWS strives to initiate the educational process while maintaining the Lakota language and culture. The goal is to empower Lakota children so they will create positive active futures for themselves and their communities. Funds would be used to fund the costs of a master plan for future school buildings and teacher/office housing, utilizing renewable energy resources, and standing as a model for other schools on Indian reservations across South Dakota. The planning of the buildings for the LWS emphasizes green technologies, cultural design, low energy consumption, near off grid results, anticipates increased corporate en¬ergy producer costs imposed by big utility companies and increased propane vendor costs.

The Lummi CEDAR Project has a program titled, The Native Youth Leader¬ship Program (NYLP) that consists of weekly leadership and culture topics that are led by youth. This program instills hope and pride among tribal youth, and teaches the skills necessary to be effective leaders within their communities, gaining knowledge and strength from tribal culture and traditions. The help from the Honor the Earth grant will allow for stipends to secure leaders, guest speakers, and experts to our leadership program to teach about harvesting traditional plants and medicines and their uses and healing properties.

Funds will be used to build six raised bed gardens. To employ staff to edu¬cate our youth on traditional gardening, land stewardship, and the uses of the plants the youth harvest, and the importance of passing this knowledge to oth¬ers so that future generations can benefit.

Native Action bridges racial, socioeconomic, and environmental barriers by empowering, challenging, and educating people in order to protect the envi¬ronment and the quality of life for future generations. Native Action works to bridge the racial justice barriers in Montana by establishing long-term alliances with traditionally hostile non-Indian ranchers, unions, townsfolk, and orga¬nizations. Cultural and economic empowerments are the long-term goals of Native Action. Utilizing community-organizing techniques, which are a blend of cultural traditions and contemporary reality, Native Action works on issues ranging from the environment, sexual abuse of children, Indian voting rights discrimination, sacred sites protection, economic justice, youth leadership, and Indian sisterhood.

Youth volunteers and families will work in collaboration with Lafayette High School and the non-profit Rochester Roots to plant, tend, and harvest two traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquis) gardens. Community elders and Native researchers will hold workshops at planting, harvesting, and during the grow¬ing phases to educate youth about the cultural importance of traditional seeds and cultivation. We want to help Native and non-Native youth in our com¬munities understand how Haudenosaunee agriculture can enhance their own health while working toward local food sovereignty and community resilience.

Funds were used for the video/audio recording trips that we will be planning and taking over the next two years. Funds were used for: the hiring and paying of professional videographers and video editors; the hiring of a professional web designer to put the Native Movement vision the on internet so it is acces¬sible by viewers; partial payment of the executive directors salary; the purchas¬ing of new or used professional video and computer equipment for their project, traveling expenses, lodging, meals; fuel; the continued strategic planning pro¬cess and for consultants to do their work; the planning and hosting of a yearly retreat; and the travel associated with sharing these knowledge and stories.
New Energy Economy is working to install solar power systems on community chapter houses throughout Navajo Nation, on Pueblos, and to partner with Native American led community organizations. This will help bring the promise of solar power development into clearer focus for local residents and leaders. Deploying the Native Power Initiative will build momentum and support for solar power development that will help build resilience in the communities.

Niijii Radio is committed to providing Independent News for an Independent Nation that promotes social, environmental, and economic justice. Niijii Radio represents a voice for those who are under-represented in media production and content, and to illuminate and analyze local and global issues that impact ecosystems, communi¬ties, and individuals. Niijii Radio aims to create culturally appropriate news and media content for the community that will create, excite, and make change happen for a sustain¬able and equitable society.


Papakoloea Community Development Corporation (PCDC) is a community-based organization serving the Native Hawaiian homestead of Papakolea, Kalawahine, and Kewalo. The PCDC pursues strategies that build capacity, create opportunities to sustain community health and well-being; nurture and strengthen the skills and talents of their members; and ensure the develop¬ment of strong and prepared leadership for the future. Funds will be used to develop the infrastructure of an Indigenous/Native garden for our community. Youth will develop and care for the Native garden; using the crop(s) from the garden for a garden-to-plate project. Funds for this garden will help commu¬nity develop future leaders, create opportunities, sustain the community, and perpetuate healthy lifestyles.

Alenapiak Kkikan (The Peoples’ Garden) is a food sovereignty project that will ensure healthy, fresh food for the Penobscot Nation. The project focuses on food growth, community building, education, and living our core cultural values of respect, responsibility, and reciprocity. Funding from Honor the Earth will be used to help obtain a 30’ x 72’ high tunnel greenhouse and to fund the instal¬lation of water to the site, end vents and thermostat for proper ventilation and temperature control, building end walls, and small tree removal.

Sipawluf Sinmay Puutavi Um (the life path chosen by Sipaulovi people) is a multi-generational project of Hopi Sipaulovi Village to recover and document our relationship to sacred springs and water sources, restore the spring where water is collected for ceremonies, and reinforce Hopi traditional connections to water, life, land, and food which have been the source of resiliency for thousands of years. Project participants will document how springs, food, and farming are central to our cultural and physical survival, especially in the face of climate change. Honor the Earth support will help Sipaulovi and SDC develop a scientific spring mapping monitoring system and create documentation in a va¬riety of media to reintegrate Sipaulovis sustainable foodways and language into daily village life, with a special emphasis on reaching young families and youth.


Sitting Bull College (501c3) is a tribal college on the Standing Rock Reserva¬tion. Funding is currently being sought to create an ethnobotanical garden and interpretive hiking trail on the college’s campus that would provide a source of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing for the students of SBC, the youth at the Standing Rock Public Schools, and the Standing Rock community as a whole. The ethnobotanical garden would consist of edible and medici¬nal plants that are native to the area, as well as a traditional “Three Sisters” garden and vegetable garden that would provide desperately needed, healthy foods to our community.

Sustainable Harvest Alliance (SHA) is non-profit corporation dedicated to sup¬plying an alternative, humane and culturally acceptable means of adding value to buffalo. The concept is to eliminate the stress of hauling, confinement and that traditional slaughter process by harvesting animals in the pastures where they are most at ease.
Honor the Earth funding will be exclusively allocated toward direct project costs per the budget herein. The outcome will positively impact low-income
families, elders, and community members that live in high-cost energy com¬munities resulting in improved health, traditional skills and knowledge, cost savings, food and energy sovereignty, and long-term sustainability.

This organization’s objectives are creating an environmentally, economically, and culturally sustainable and self-sufficiency island that serves as a model for Hawaii and the world. Sustainable Molokai focuses on education, training, and advocacy; identifying existing community assets and inherent challenges; and filing complementary rules that advance local efforts. A strong Native com¬munity, we take kuleana (responsibility) as the architects of our own destiny, knowing that homegrown solutions work best. The funding received from Honor the Earth, Building Resilience Grant, would be used to strengthen our capacity through the development of curriculum and programming of the Earth Stewards Project.

The Ta th k Project is project of Tash Mahag which will build and reconnect par¬ticipants to the original Oodham land through discussion and visiting the vast Oodham lands. Tash Mahag is a women group teaching the Oodham Himdag (Oodham Way of Life to Oodham youth). Tash Mahag hopes to purchase a vehicle, support equipment, and basic needs to accomplish the Ta th k Project.

Tlalnepantla Arts’ intent is to continue developing their work that began in 2009 at Sabathani Community Garden in conjunction with an Honor the Earth Grant and the multi-media performance, Zentcotl First Corn Energy. Zentcotl, First Energy in Nahuatl, is a concept that refers to the energy in the Universe that allowed for the creation of zentli – corn, thousands of years ago in Ana¬huac, the central region of the American Continent, that includes present-day Mexico. The seeds planted are a short season blue corn that grows well in our region. Indigenous wisdom, culture, history, and oral tradition will be relayed through gardening, which includes some Nahuatl language, science, and mathematical concepts that accompany the art forms.

TNAFA will be hosting community based 1-2 day workshops in seed conser¬vation and protection, both here in New Mexico and Arizona. These will be hands-on workshops covering topics as growing for seed, safe seed sources, creating seed libraries (banks), using traditional methods and low tech modern methods. Funding support will be applied towards instructional time, organiza¬tional time, and instruction materials as needed.

The Ucwalmicw Center Society is a non-profit society situated on Titqet reserve. The organization receives no core funding from governmental or non-government sources and relies on proposal writing to operate. Fundrais¬ing efforts are volunteer-led by youth for specific projects such as the organic garden or by board members for proposal writing. The organization exists largely through volunteer efforts. A volunteer board member has over 40 years of experience and receives no income for services overseeing administrative aspects. The funds will be used to continue on with the efforts to train and support youth on horticulture and food security. The funds will support the pur¬chase of materials and supplies and contract services for experts knowledge¬able about food security or horticulture.

The White Earth Land Recovery Project is a Native non-profit in northern Minnesota dedicated to the stewardship of the land, water, and restoration of traditional lifeways of the Anishinaabeg. The funds would be used to help maintain projects in the area of renewable energy (solar), traditional gardens and advocacy efforts for wild rice, mining and food sovereignty.

Weatherford, Oklahoma 
United States

Project Support: Walk Among the Sacred Beauty

Elders will lead a cultural study for Cheyenne and Arapaho youth in Bear Butte State Park in South Dakota in August, 2010. The ‘Walk Among the Sacred Beauty” is designed to teach young people about the history of the Butte, the unique local botany and the healing traditions of the medicinal plants that grow there. The Walk and the plants along the route will be photographed and videographed.


Chickaloon, Alaska 
United States

Project Support: Traditional Foods of Tomorrow

Chickaloon Native Village Ya Ne Dah Ah (Ancient Teachings) School is the first full-time year-round tribally-owned school in Alaska. The school integrates western education with an education grounded in traditional language, culture and customs, preparing students to walk in both worlds. The School’s Traditional Foods of Tomorrow project specifically teaches traditional life ways, including knowledge of and access to traditional foods.


Albuquerque, Alaska 
United States

Project Support: Indigenous Sustainable Skills Program

Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute is dedicated to preserving Indigenous cultures and restoring a healthy way of life through a collective effort of farmers, educators, healers, youth and elders. Funding supports hands-on workshops and trainings in organic farming, seed saving, and traditional foods and medicines designed to address poverty and the need for healthy, sustainable living practices in Indigenous communities.


Kaunakakai, HI, 
United States

Project Support: Alternative Energy Project

The Kalama’ula Mauka Homestead Association seeks to develop educational resources in its Native Hawaiian community in order to build resilience and food and energy independence. Honor the Earth’s grant will help the organization educate community members in existing alternative energy choices and provide funding to foster inventive energy solutions specially tailored for the needs of this remote island community.


Cass Lake, Alaska 
United States

Project Support: 1st Annual Youth Civic Camp

Funding supports a new Native American Youth Civic Camp to further advance civic responsibilities needed for Native peoples to continue to flourish in a changing environment. Along with language and culture classes, the two week Camp will include a daily workshop on renewable energy and local foods as a means to grow youth involvement in the green economy.


Slim Buttes, SD , South Dakota 
United States

OLCERI works towards resiliency for the Lakota of Pine Ridge through education and the development of food, water and energy security projects. Funds will be used to carry out a set of trainings to teach sustainable building, permaculture, organic gardening and farming, sustainable range management and regeneration, and water catchment and reuse. During the hands-on courses, students build infrastructure, gardens, and compost for the reservation.


Flagstaff, Arizona 
United States

Project Support: Hear Our Eco!

Outta Your Backpack Media (OYBMedia) offers free movie making workshops as an Indigenous youth response to the need for media justice in our communities. Honor the Earth funding supports a four-month "Hear our Eco!" workshop for up to 30 Indigenous youth to create their own “green economy” videos. The workshop will allow participants to take an active role in examining environmental issues, and particularly energy and food issues, in relation to their culture, communities and homelands.


Now announcing our Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities grantmaking Fall deadline! All applications must be submitted by October 17th. For details, please see


Santa Cruz, New Mexico 
United States

Project Support: Sovereign Energy Solutions Project (SESP)

Tewa Women United is undertaking a feasibility study as an initial first step to planning a locally based, small scale renewable energy installation. SESP involves is a collaborative effort among a set of Native businesses and non-profits to study viable renewable options in the six northern Pueblos. The ultimate goal of the SESP is to create a tribal model of energy production and end usage.


Lawrence, Kansas 
United States

Project Support: Medicinal/Vegetable Gardening Project

The Pelathe Center is forging a networking and knowledge exchange between the Native American students attending the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University and a younger generation of Native students attending local Jr. and Sr. High Schools within the Lawrence school district. The college students will serve as mentors and equal learners alongside the younger students in planning and developing a traditional medicinal and vegetable garden, providing self-identity opportunities and a sense of ‘community’ among Native youth.


Sells, Arizona 
United States

TOCA programs involve education, outreach and hands-on work around traditional foods. TOCA works with local schools to encourage traditional foods in the lunch programs, conducts traditional food educational presentations at community events and hosts two farms that grow traditional foods, one of which is being transitioned into a learning center. Funds will support this traditional food restoration work along with a Y.O.U.T.H. (Young O’odham United Through Health) Leadership camp to foster physical, mental and spiritual health for young peoples.


Santa Fe, New Mexico 
United States

Project Support: Seeds for the Future

TNAFA, an intertribal association of farmers, educators and health professionals, is organizing two workshops focused on collecting, growing, testing, storage and maintaining a local "seed library" (seed bank). One workshop will take place in New Mexico in the spring and the other will take place with Native Seeds /SEARCH, located in Tucson, AZ, in the fall. TNAFA is recruiting high school and college-age students and will bring Native elders’ wisdom to these events.


Lillooet, British Columbia 

Project Support: Ucwalmicw Organic Garden and Food Security Project

The Ucwalmicw Centre provides training and services to aboriginal peoples from seven communities in the Lillooet area. Funding supports the youth-initiated Ucwalmicw Organic Community garden and an annual harvest gathering where Elders share agricultural knowledge with the youth. The gathering includes workshops on traditional foods and food preparation, such as how to cook with a cob oven the youth built and how to cook the traditional way using a pit. Both the garden and gathering were strategies undertaken to develop food security and address climate impacts in the community.



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