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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

12 - Native American Food Sovereignty and Youth Entrepreneurship

from Part IV - From Learning to Doing: Examples of Entrepreneurship in Indian Country


There is a budding food sovereignty movement taking place in Native American communities. An important part of this movement includes the development of food and agricultural businesses by Native nations and by individual farmers and ranchers. This chapter examines the history of Native American food systems and one particular element of the Native American food sovereignty movement, the Native American youth-led movement to develop social enterprises around Native American food and food systems. The chapter demonstrates that the food sovereignty movement in Native communities is an important contributor to Native American youth and enterprise development – and vice versa.

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