The Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA) has developed a national network of Indigenous leaders dedicated to restoring food systems that support tribal self-determination, community wellness, and rebuilding relationships with the land, water, plants and animals that sustain us. NAFSA supports ethical economic development by promoting expanded local food production that renews natural resources and enhances traditional cultural activities. As an alliance, NAFSA is unique in the way that we support Native farmers, wild crafters, fishers, hunters, ranchers, chefs, and eaters.
NAFSA was an idea which incubated during a Taos County Economic Development Corporation grant from Oxfam America in 2005. Through this grant, the funder was interested in bringing together grassroots Native food activists over an extended period of time to see a greater impact on Native food systems.
During these convenings, participants from 13 tribes came together to share their knowledge and skills in agriculture, seed saving and foods. These activities resulted in the first attempted seed sovereignty declaration and a completed Food Sovereignty Declaration with a Call to Action.
NAFSA was officially convened as an organization in 2012 as First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) re-granted W.K. Kellogg Foundation funds to various organizations under its Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative. During these years, leadership acted as ambassadors for NAFSA at national and international meetings were members were recruited to join our efforts. The NAFSA Founding Council met for the first time in early October 2013, and have met annually since that time to review processes, programs and update the strategic plan.
NAFSA incorporated as a 501c3, not for profit organization in 2013. NAFSA is also incorporated with the Navajo Nation since 2014.