Regaining Our Future

An Assessment of Risks and Opportunities for Native Communities in the 2018 Farm Bill

Enacted by Congress approximately every five years, the Farm Bill is one of the largest pieces of domestic legislation and serves as the primary vehicle for developing federal food, agriculture, and nutrition policies.

The 2018 Farm Bill will significantly impact the five million Native Americans and Alaskan Natives in the United States.

To help Native American communities shape this massive legislation, the SMSC commissioned Regaining Our Future to analyze the risks and opportunities for Indian Country in the 2018 Farm Bill.

This report, authored by Janie Simms Hipp and Colby D. Duren of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, is the most comprehensive analysis ever conducted on Farm Bill issues as they relate to Indigenous populations in the United States.

Regaining Our Future finds that the economic and dietary health of Native Americans will be greatly influenced by the 2018 Farm Bill. Native communities must be prepared to better advocate for their interests, defend programs on which their most vulnerable members depend, and look for new ways to achieve greater food sovereignty and food security.