Four worthy projects received $60,000 each from the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F)’s national program Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures to improve the health and wellness of Native youth and communities.
The contributions totaling $240,000 were awarded to Native tribes and Native-led organizations. This year’s four Community Action Grantees just so happen to be making their greatest impacts in the Midwest, based in Minnesota and South Dakota.
“Complimenting our existing grant opportunities, the Community Action Grant focuses on interventions and strategies that go beyond programming and look at the structural and systemic challenges in addressing childhood obesity,” said Olivia Roanhorse, Director of Native Strong. “These grants will support Native communities interested in understanding how institutions, such as schools, can adopt healthy practices and policies to improve the health of their children.”
The Community Action Grantees are:
Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC) – Native Fitness and Nutrition (FAN) Youth Leadership & Training Project, Minnesota, $60,000: The goal of this project is to ensure that Native youth play a leadership role in creating a social environment that promotes physical activity and healthy nutrition, and the MAIC’s new Healthy Beverage Policy.
Lower Sioux Indian Community – Making The Healthy Choice The Easy Choice In The Lower Sioux Community!, Minnesota, $60,000: The goal of this project is to create a community environment that supports easy access to healthy food choices and further connects community members to healthy and indigenous foods. This will be done by increasing access to healthier food, advocating tribal policy adoption for healthy food options, and creating environmental space for a sustainable community driven healthy foods market.
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate – Sisseton Wahapeton Oyate NB3 Partnership, South Dakota, $60,000: The goal of this project is to promote community systemic change through a collective impact model that focuses on healthy lifestyle choices by decreasing the portion size and food waste, increasing physical activity opportunities for youth, and creating a comprehensive community plan for wellness and weight reduction.
Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation – Food Sovereignty: A Systemic Approach to Long Term Solutions to End Childhood Diabetes and Obesity, $60,000: The goal of this project is to address the rising rates of obesity and diabetes in Lakota children by creating a small demonstration farm that provides education and training to children and families about healthy food production and consumption. They will work with the Lakota Food Sovereignty coalition to create policy recommendations to the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council.
All of these projects reflect the importance of community-driven efforts in reducing childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes among Native American children and their families. These grants are made possible through support of the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.
About the Notah Begay III Foundation
The NB3 Foundation is the only national Native American nonprofit organization solely dedicated to reversing Native American childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes. NB3 Foundation is setting a national standard for investing in evidence-based, community-driven and culturally relevant programs that prevent childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes, ensuring healthy futures for Native American children and their communities.
Since its launch in 2005, NB3 Foundation has grown its reputation and track record in Indian Country in the areas of grant making, research, evaluation, direct programming and policy advocacy. NB3 Foundation invests in and works closely with grassroots, Native-led organizations across the country that are exploring promising new practices, expanding proven methods, conducting community-based research, and evaluating impact.