Project Tem: 12 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $50,000
The Blackfeet Agriculture Resource Management Plan (ARMP) completed a comprehensive, five-year food sovereignty strategic plan and began implementation. The project’s long-term goal is to work towards ending food insecurity and many of the problems implicit in disconnecting from traditional food sources. Objectives for the planning process included coordination of food production and delivery systems on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, creation of a Blackfeet food code, and development of measurement tools to track potential health changes due to interventions in the food and health system. As part of this project, the ARMP team began implementing a feasibility study for a Blackfeet Beef/Bison Processing Plant. They also received a five–year, $1 million grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research that will underwrite all the research objectives outlined in the food sovereignty strategic plan. Key partners include the Blackfeet Tribe, community partners, and the MSU Native Land Project.