AmeriCorps VISTA Native Food Sovereignty Fellows Applications Open Now

Published August 15, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.  — The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI), with generous support by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) through its Seeds of Native Health campaign, announce the availability of AmeriCorps VISTA Native Food Sovereignty Fellow positions at Tribal communities throughout the United States.

VISTA is an important and vital community and public service program operated by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

This unique partnership between VISTA, the SMSC, and IFAI allows for coordination of these placements and the creation of a cohort of Native Food Sovereignty Fellows. Fellows will work in Native American communities to contribute to and assist in efforts focused on food sovereignty, food systems, nutritional education, and the development of tribal economies that build opportunities in food and agriculture.

We’re currently seeking to place VISTA members at:

  • Blackfeet Nation (Browning, MT)
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community (Morton, MN)
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (LaConner, WA)

VISTA positions are paid positions providing a living allowance, educational benefits upon successful completion of the assignment, a child care benefit (if applicable) and other supporting benefits. Native Food Sovereignty Fellows will work closely with the IFAI and receive ongoing training and assistance from to augment their local work.

The application period is now open. All those interested can apply directly through the AmeriCorps VISTA website, which explains the application process.

Space is limited, and we are looking to fill positions quickly – Apply now!

If you have any questions, please email Janie Hipp at, Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, or VISTA Coordinator Bryan Pollard at

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