Alton and Foxy's Food Sovereignty Initiative

Alton and Foxy's Food Sovereignty Initiative

From Great Plains Action Society

Alton and Foxy One Feather are raising money to help grow farms and provide food for Indigenous communities

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4 months ago

Hey guys! Thanks for all supporting Alton and Foxy's work. They were standing in solidarity with First Nations and allies who were blocking the area where Trump ticketholders needed to enter for the Trump rally at Mount Rushmore. We just wanted to give a quick shout out to them for being amazing warriors and allies!

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Over the past 500 years, Indigenous peoples from all over Turtle Island have suffered from the repercussions of colonization. Our ancestors were ripped from the land while our food sources were taken away and some disseminated. Our sacred medicines and food were then sold, placed in museums, or lost altogether. Colonizers recognized that if we no longer have our food sources, then we no longer can survive. Thus, leaving them to control the land and our food sources. It was a way to cut our inherent bond with the land and all the creatures who lived on it. We were removed from our original homelands and forced onto prisoner-of-war camps (a.k.a. reservations). Most times, the soil was not rich and fertile. 

Today, our Indigenous peoples have the highest rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity due to unhealthy diets. We are given commodities ("commods") which are processed saturated fatty foods such as cheese, canned items, and powdered milk. We also suffer from mental health issues such as depression and suicide. Our reservations are plagued by alcoholism and meth addiction. Smoking is common to see as well. According to the 2017 CDC National Vitals Statistics Report, heart disease, cancer, and unintentional deaths were the top leading causes of mortality for Native Americans with diabetes being number seven. We are one of the most underserved popluations in the United States when it comes to social services, mental health services, and IHS.

Alton and Foxy One Feather recognize the immediate need for food sovereignty. They were head gardeners for three seasons at Wiconi Un Tipi. All the produce was donated to local communities and for their community dinners. Their goal is to help Indigenous communities eat healthier and re-establish a connection with the land, animals, and other elements that nourish our bodies. It will also help in dismantling capitalism, Big-Ag, CAFOs, and other agricultural factories that do nothing for the climate nor the people.

To see more information, please visit www.greatplainsaction.org/foodsovereignty

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Hey guys! Thanks for all supporting Alton and Foxy's work. They were standing in solidarity with First Nations and allies who were blocking the area where Trump ticketholders needed to enter for the Trump rally at Mount Rushmore. We just wanted to give a quick shout out to them for being amazing warriors and allies!

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