Category Archives: Food & Water
On the one hand, Native Americans are fighting to keep their water sources clean. On the other, they are fighting to have any water at all.
Access to food and water is a basic human right. Unfortunately, 1 in 9 people are food insecure in the U.S. More specifically, 1 in 4 Native Americans are food insecure.
Monica Terkildsen… of the Wanblee Community Action Team shared her experience as a PWNA collaborator underscoring food sovereignty and emergency preparedness.
Nov. 17 is National Homemade Bread Day, and bread is one food that knows no cultural bounds. However, this day is also a reminder of the darker history behind Indian frybread.
Last month, Native American youth from five tribes convened in the sacred He Sapa (Black Hills) for PWNA’s second Native Youth Food Sovereignty Summit.
This year, World Water Day focuses on “leaving no one behind” without a reliable water source and water as a basic human right for all.
“Healthy food choices are in abundance for most Americans, but that’s not always the case for our Native American citizens,” said Rafael Tapia, Jr., PWNA Vice President of Programs.
Today, Native Americans suffer from the highest prevalence of diabetes in the country, and the mortality rate of diabetes among Native Americans is three times higher than that of all other races in the country, according to the federally operated Indian Health Service (IHS).
Nutrition is a factor in Native Americans having the highest rate of diabetes in the U.S. and higher risk of heart disease linked to obesity and high blood pressure.
Partnership With Native Americans and its reservation partners are motivating and equipping tribal citizens with knowledge and healthy nutrition habits that will trickle down to next generations.
Partnership With Native Americans supports national nutrition and a return to traditional diets through gardens, healthy cooking classes, training on canning, preservation and a mobile unit for nutrition training in remote tribal communities.