Additional Investments in Indian Country
CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) makes a variety of investments in Indian Country. In addition to the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country program, other investments include:
Success Story from Previously Funded Projects
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Native Gardens Project, funded through CDC’s National Diabetes Wellness Program’s Traditional Foods Program, increased access to local, traditional foods and awareness about the availability and health benefits of harvesting and eating these foods. From 2009 to 2012, the project collaborated with local farmers, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Nutrition for the Elderly program, the tribe’s Special Diabetes Program, and the County Extension Service to hold 61 farmers’ market days, serving an estimated 2,500 people.
Almost 13,000 farmers’ market vouchers ($50 value each) were distributed as part of the USDA program to 1,193 elders, who exchanged their vouchers for produce. Voucher redemption increased from 22% in 2009 to 100% in 2012. The vouchers generated about $18,000 in sales, encouraging local farmers to keep growing and selling in the community.
Winter and summer markets were advertised on the radio and on posters. Community members prepared foods according to traditional knowledge, shared meals, and sold local produce, including prairie turnips (called tinpsila, in Lakota). The length of almost six and a half football fields were tilled for gardens across the eight tribal districts in North and South Dakota (154 family gardens) and three community gardens were developed in three districts (20,000 square feet of space).
- Page last reviewed: July 23, 2018
- Page last updated: July 23, 2018
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