Section 4003(b) of the 2018 Farm Bill authorizes an additional $5 million for tribal organizations to enter into 638 self-determination contracts to procure foods for FDPIR packages
– a major victory for Indian Country. The provision was first introduced by Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (“SCIA”) Chairman John Hoeven (R-ND) and Vice Chairman Tom Udall (D-NM) in
S. 2804, Cultivating Resources, Opportunity, Prosperity, and Sustainability (“CROPS”) for Indian Country Act, which allows tribal governments to purchase culturally relevant foods directly from tribal farmers, ranchers and producers thus stimulating a tribal food economy.
To make our voices heard, we encourage you to reach out to members of the House and Senate appropriations committees and advocate for this funding. Below are four different template letters you can use: