Native food systems organizations: strengthening sovereignty and (re)building community

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2009-01-01
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Bye, Breann
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Tara L. Clapp
Clare Cardinal Pett
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Community and Regional Planning

Community and regional planning is a professional field of study aimed at assessing the ever-changing socioeconomic and physical environments of our communities and planning for their future. Planners evaluate and seize opportunities to understand and solve problems. Most planners work at the local level, but they are concerned with issues that affect the world: the preservation and enhancement of the quality of life in a community, the protection of the environment, the promotion of equitable economic opportunity; and the management of growth and change of all kinds.

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The Department of Community and Regional Planning was established in 1978 when it was split from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Community Planning.

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1978–present

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Though work in community food systems is increasing, and food seems to be on everyone's lips as a topic of conversation and debate, there is a significant lack of research on efforts in Native American communities in the United States to (re)construct their food systems in culturally appropriate ways. Linking literatures of food sovereignty, civic agriculture, and food systems planning, this research represents a first attempt to understand and learn from five Native Food Systems orgnanizations. Utilizing an open-ended interview format with key organizational leaders, the research offers a comparative analysis of their programs and initiatives. This research is intended to educate both Natives and non-Natives about Native food system (re)building, and also provides much-needed case studies for the community food system movement in general. Several recommendations are suggested to help existing and emergent Native Food Systems organizations. As this research is in its infancy, an extensive consideration on areas for future research is also offered.

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