Navajo, White Mountain/San Carlos Apache, and Tohono O’dham are up next at the beginning of February before we head through California on the way to the ANTI meeting and additional stops in the Pacific Northwest. Please (dan at indianaglink.com) if you would like to try scheduling a visit.
The route through Oklahoma was brief but successful, and new connections were made. We’re hoping to make another trip back at some point.
We’re very excited about adding Beidre chocolates to the inventory. While Beidre doesn’t involve agricultural production (at least not yet since we did discuss the possibility of using Tribally-produced pecans), it is a great example of how Tribal food industry can promote economic development and create local jobs.
The first leg of the “Reconnecting the Tribal Trade Routes Roadtrip” kicked off in mid-December with product pick-ups and left for Louisiana in early January. This overall effort is crossing the country on an effort to build awareness of unique Tribal food products and build new connections among Indian Nations, as well as providing direct technical support along the way. Check the page to learn more about this initial leg of the trip.
It’s impossible to leave Louisiana without the deep impression of how friendly and welcoming the people and communities are to visitors like ourselves. In the face of such challenges, these communities continue to thrive and work toward a prosperous future.
The Intertribal Agriculture Council is hosting a maple syrup production workshop on January 10-11th on the Fond du Lac reservation. Contact dan@indianaglink to register…it’s free.
The Mobile Farmers Market van is working to build awareness of unique Tribal food products through a “Reconnecting the Tribal Trade Routes Roadtrip” from January through March. In addition to selling and featuring various items, are looking to purchase products along the way, so please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in having your products featured as part of this effort.
We are also using this trip as an outreach opportunity to spread awareness of USDA and other assistance programs, as well as providing technical support. We’ll also be telling the story of Tribal producers and Native communities along the way, so please check back to learn more.