Sicangu Food Sovereignty Initiative


Growing Food. Growing People. Growing a Nation.

Food has the power in developing physically, spiritually, and mentally healthy individuals. The ability to produce our own food and raise healthy leaders is essential to building a strong and sovereign tribal nation. Our programs include: 

Established in 2014, our one-acre market garden and incubator farm has produced over 15,000 pounds of fresh, healthy foods and has created 27 internship opportunities for tribal youth. The farm is a model for small-acre production and is striving to be the premier regional site for developing and supporting new food producers. 

Our seasonal market provides opportunities for tribal entrepreneurs, increases the availability of fresh, healthy foods, and supports community building by serving as a positive gathering space. 

This project focused on reviving traditional Lakota food knowledge and practices through youth engagement, workshops/demonstrations, and community education efforts. Activities include wild food harvests, buffalo harvest, and video series. 

Ongoing efforts to build a grassroots movement around food sovereignty. Includes weekly cooking sessions at the 3 Boys and Girls Club sites; weekly healthy food sampling at Turtle Creek Crossing grocery store; and monthly meetings held throughout the 20 reservation communities.