MAZON has prioritized unique strategies, partnerships, and policies aimed at reclaiming and achieving food security and food sovereignty in Indian Country. We are proud to work closely with Tribal partners — organizations and leaders acting from a place of incredible power, vision, and resilience, despite centuries of marginalization, erasure, and disinvestment in their communities. We are committed to advancing food policies that support the self-determination and wellness of Tribes and Native communities.
of all Native American and Alaska Native households are food-insecure.
Rates of obesity and diabetes in Indian Country are nearly twice that of the rest of the U.S. population.
Native Americans and Alaska Natives are twice as likely as white people to be food insecure.
The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) serves 90,000 participants per month on average in Indian Country.
include people over age 60.
have children under the age of 18.
Food is so expensive on the reservation, and our food stamps only last about two weeks. When they run out, I go out and sell beadwork really cheap, just so I can continue to feed my family.
Urge Congress to Support the Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act
One of the most meaningful ways to support food security and sovereignty in Indian Country is to allow Tribes to directly administer federal nutrition programs.
Each year, Indigenous Peoples' Day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate Native peoples, to acknowledge the legacy of settler colonialism, and to commit to accountability for its impacts in the present. Read more.
As the first non-Native ally organization to join the Native Farm Bill Coalition in 2017, MAZON welcomed Gaining Ground, highlighting long-overlooked food insecurity among Indigenous communities. Read more.
Sukkot (the Jewish festival for harvest) and Indigenous People’s Day (to honor Native American cultures and histories) often fall closely in the calendar. As the Jewish community reflects on themes of harvest, scarcity, peoplehood, and food justice, MAZON invites you to learn more about — and join us in the movement to support — Indigenous food sovereignty. Read more.