Osage Ranch raises cattle and bison, offers opportunities to hunt and fish, and provides meat to youth, elder, and cultural events. (Photo: Osage News)
"Everything we do [at Osage] revolves around food. You can't heal the community unless you heal the food system."
– Raymond Red Corn, Assistant Chief, Osage Nation
Living in a food desert with limited access to fresh and healthy foods – a problem exacerbated in 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic – and facing a myraid of costly health problems related to poor diet, the Osage Nation has prioritized food self-sufficiency and begun developing the various components needed for local, healthy food production, processing, and distribution within its own reservation. To maximum its effectiveness, the Osage Nation is gathering data on the health and financial impacts of its efforts every step of the way, and is using that data to drive future decision-making.
Ø Jason George, Business Development, Department of Natural Resources, Osage Nation, 918-287-5367, Jason.George@osagenation-nsn.gov
To learn more about the Osage Nation’s food sovereignty approach, click on the case study and related resources below.
Note: Development of this case study was supported by a grant from the Native American Agriculture Fast Track Fund. Fast Track funding was part of the settlement of the Keepseagle v. Vilsack national class action lawsuit, which also led to the creation of the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF), the largest philanthropic entity supporting Native American farmers and ranchers through grants that focus on business assistance, technical support, and agricultural education, and advocacy.
Food Sovereignty: OSAGE NATION