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Choosing Food from Native Nonprofits: A Sustainable and Ethical Option

As we become increasingly aware of the impact of our choices on our health and the environment, it's important to consider where our food comes from. While buying from large corporations may seem like an easy and convenient option, choosing to support small Native nonprofits can have a significant impact in terms of both sustainability and ethics.

Small Native nonprofits offer food that is organically grown, free from harmful chemicals and pesticides, and ethically sourced. By choosing food from these organizations, consumers can be confident that they are consuming a product that is healthy and responsibly produced. These organizations often use traditional growing methods that are gentler on the land and promote biodiversity. By buying from these organizations, consumers can help to support the preservation of these important cultural practices, as well as reduce their carbon footprint. These organizations often provide jobs and economic opportunities for local people, helping to support sustainable livelihoods. In contrast, large corporations often prioritize profits over people, often relying on exploitative labor practices to keep costs low.

By choosing to support small Native nonprofits, consumers can help to make a difference in the world. Not only are they supporting sustainable practices and helping to preserve important cultural traditions, but they are also promoting ethical and responsible food production. So, next time you're in the market for food, consider making the switch to a small Native nonprofit and help to support a better world for everyone

These 8 Native nonprofit shops offer an array of delicious food items at affordable prices! 

"FOOD IS MEDICINE and with these traditional foods, Indigenous First hopes to share happiness, good health and comfort! The retail price of our box is $75.50.” 

The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) transforms oppression into opportunity. They offer an American Indian Community Center, 44 units of permanent supportive housing, a domestic violence emergency shelter, legal advocacy, a climate and cultural resiliency initiative, social enterprise activities, youth programming and an arts and culture initiative. 

This shop sells everything from salsa and hot sauce to a variety of jellies like Hawthorn and Highbrush Cranberry. They also sell cornmeal, honey, maple syrup, pancake mix, wild rice, and beautiful Indigenous food boxes with an assortment of items that make a perfect gift! 

"The purpose of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center is to culturally enrich and benefit the people of California and the general public. The goals of the Museum and Cultural Center are to educate the public about California Indian history and cultures, to showcase California Indian cultures, to enhance and facilitate these cultures and traditions through educational and cultural activities, to preserve and protect California Indian cultural and intellectual properties, and to develop relationships with other indigenous groups."

They sell acorn bites as part of a "social enterprise project of the Tribal Youth Ambassadors. Proceeds go to fund educational and cultural advancement of youth in Sonoma and Lake County." "ACORN BITES are made with acorn meal and other gluten-free ingredients representing the bounty of California. Every Acorn Bite is hand crafted and hand packed. Contains three bites per package." $5

Our mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard.

"Hand Harvested and Wood Parched - Our manoomin is hand harvested by the Anishinaabeg from the 1835, 1855, and 1867 Treaty areas and beyond. We are proud to bring you this natural gift from the Earth. White Earth Nation's wild rice is certified USDA MCIA 100% Organic.

Purchasing single bags of wild rice is $28 each plus shipping."

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) is a world-class museum and cultural center, a place where 19 Pueblo people can tell their stories, beyond the gateway of New Mexico, the center is a necessary first stop for visitors to New Mexico, providing an introduction for understanding the state’s landscape, legacy, and story of continuance. Our mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture, and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico. 

They sell spices and different delicious items like Blue Corn Pasole (pictured).

The Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden (IVOFG) located on the College of Marin, Indian Valley Campus, was created to support and sustain local food systems and organic agriculture, to help educate and develop the local agricultural workforce and to provide fresh and healthy food for local residents. COM manages this USDA certified organic farm with the support of its operational partners: The Cultural Conservancy and UCCE Marin Master Gardeners.

"Our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is a fun way to get a wide variety of fresh, organic produce each week and to support your local farm. CSA members get a weekly box of produce which includes 6-12 different items, all grown on our certified organic farm. For 25 weeks, from May 10th through October 28th, CSA Boxes will be available for pick-up either on Wednesdays or Saturdays, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden, or Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at College of Marin's Kentfield Campus. The season consists of 25 weekly boxes with a total cost for the season of $700. Please note that you may only choose one pickup day and location for the season in the dropdown menu below."

"The Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers is a Tribal non-profit organization in Pipestone, Minnesota, that was formed in 1996 by local Native Americans and tribal leaders to protect and educate the public about the nearby pipestone quarries."

Selling Wild Rice - Ma-nomin for $5.00 (Hand harvest wild rice)

Wooden Knife Frybread Mix / Ioway Bee Farm Honey Gift Set

SweetGrass Trading Company is a subsidiary of the Ho-Chunk Trading Group, a division of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Selling salmon, jam, syrups, grains, wild rice, salsas, herbs, honeys, fry bread mix, and beautiful gift sets. 

The Texas Tribal Buffalo Project is committed to healing the generational trauma of Lipan Apache descendants and other native nations bordering traditional Lipan Apache ranges. These ranges mimic the ancestral buffalo ranges of the southern plains. The state of Texas has prospered and grown to be an Agriculture and natural resource powerhouse in the nation. While this has happened through the generations the native descendants have had force relocation, suffered massacres and been severely traumatized. We however are a proud and strong nation still, even displaced in our own homelands. Just as the buffalo have been displaced from their southern ranges. We aim to provide a pathway to heal our people, our relatives, including the buffalo.

Taking care of our relatives both 2 legged and 4 legged is a labor of love!  In order to offset the expenses of raising bison and creating programs for Indigenous Texas families and groups, Texas Tribal Buffalo Project is licensed by the Texas Dept of Health to sell frozen bison meat.  We have become purveyors in order to provide high-quality, healthy, lean, and delicious bison meat.  

The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum proudly houses an extensive collection of Hodinöhsö:ni’ historical and traditionally designed decorative and every-day-use items and archaeological artifacts. SINM, along with the Seneca Nation Archives Department, are the safe keepers of historical documents, including articles, special publications, historical and family photographs and various multi-media productions regarding the Onöndowa’ga:’ and Hodinöhsö:ni’.

Selling maple syrup, honey, white corn flour, hulled white corn, and a book of Iroquois white corn recipes!

The mission of the White Earth Land Recovery Project is to facilitate the recovery of the original land base of the White Earth Indian Reservation while preserving and restoring traditional practices of sound land stewardship, language fluency, community development, and strengthening our spiritual and cultural heritage.

Selling fry bread mix, chokecherry syrup, wild rice cake mix, wild rice soups, and the best honey you’ve ever had! All at affordable prices. 

In our native Patwin language, ‘Séka’ means ‘blue,’ and in selecting Séka Hills as the name for our line of premium tribal products, we honor the blue hills that overlook our homeland in Northern California’s Capay Valley. For thousands of years, our people have lived in the oak forests, rolling hills and grasslands of Northern California’s Capay Valley, tending the natural resources and the land that is home to our culture, history, and traditions.

Selling olive oil, balsamic, nuts, honey, asparagus, and beautiful gift boxes.

The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska (ITKN) is a sovereign nation and federally recognized tribe organized under a constitution and bylaws approved on February 26, 1937. We are also known as the Ioway or Báxoje. Our headquarters are located on the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Reservation. The reservation straddles the eastern borders of the lands now known as Kansas and Nebraska, along the confluence of the Nímaha (Big Nemaha River) and Nyisoji  (Missouri River). The Iowa River and the State of Iowa were named after our people.

Selling raw honey, creamed honey, bee pollen, cosmetics, candles, gift baskets, and CBD.