Published March 7, 2018
Funding supports communities promoting healthy weight and nutrition among Native youth.
SANTA ANA PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO
– Through its national grantmaking program, the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation
recently awarded nearly $400,000 to six tribal communities and Native-led organizations in Minnesota, Oregon and South Dakota to support their respective efforts is improving Native youth nutrition education, access to healthy foods and increased physical activity.
The 18-month Community Action Grants (CAG) of $65,000 each were awarded to three existing CAG grantees and three new recipients to support their community-based approaches in addressing systemic and environmentalbarriers that may include policies and procedures on sugar-sweetened beverages; access to fresh produce; and safe walking and playing spaces.
Additional support goes to the following existing community partners:
- Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation in South Dakota to expand their food sovereignty efforts with youth, increase farm to school efforts through policy development and develop a food hub plan;
- Lower Sioux Indian Community in Minnesota to build on their recent tribal resolution Honor Little Crow with Healthy and Indigenous Foods Initiative to increase the availability of health promoting and indigenous foods across the LSIC; and
- Minneapolis American Indian Center also in Minnesota to expand access to and involvement in physical activities for Native youth through their Native youth coalition.
Joining the NB3 Foundation’s group of CAG partners include:
- Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe in Washington to improve access to nutritious foods through cooking, gardening opportunities and indigenous food events to bridge the gap between elders and youth;
- American Indian Community Housing Organization in Minnesota will lead a community food sovereignty initiative to expand an urban garden program and begin development of social impact businesses that features indigenous foods; and
- Native American Youth and Family Center in Oregon to increase physical activity through indigenous curriculum and community-wide games, and identify policy opportunities to increase healthy food access.
“We are excited to collaborate and share ideas with the new and continuing Community Action Grant recipients. We are confident in the work our community partners do in addressing systemic barriers and identifying the positive impacts on Native children’s health over the long term,” said NB3 Foundation Vice President of Programming Olivia Roanhorse. “It is important to the work of the Notah Begay III Foundation that we support tribes, Native-led organization and communities with modest grants that enhance their efforts to promote healthy weight and nutrition among Native American youth. The Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that Native youth live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.“
Community Action Grant recipients will participate in cohort gatherings with other grantees to share, learn and inspire one another. Grant recipients will also participate in the NB3 Foundation’s Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! National Conference
where they will connect with a larger movement of organizations and tribes engaged in Native American children’s health.
The Notah Begay III Foundation is a respected organization that invests in evidence-based, community-driven, culturally relevant programs that promote healthy weight, physical activity and healthy nutrition. Learn more about the NB3 Foundation’s grantmaking program at:www.nb3foundation.org