North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) - Indigenous Food Lab Podcast and Distance Learning Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS)
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
June 2020
End Date
May 2021
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

NATIFS is launching the Indigenous Food Lab in Minneapolis. By providing education and training that give Native people access to healthy, local, indigenous food, we can address serious issues of malnutrition, food-related illness, and economic impoverishment on tribal lands. We are requesting funding to launch virtual programming now, including how-to videos and podcast conversations with Native chefs and other relevant Native health experts.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

John Day (St. Paul, MN) – John Day was a part of the Why Treaties Matter selection team, is very familiar with MHC ways of working. He is American Indian.

Nanette Missaghi (Eden Prairie, MN) Nanette Missaghi was part of the community work group that developed the educator guides for Why Treaties Matter and instrumental with piloting the guides/exhibit in Eden Prairie schools. She is American Indian.

John Bobolink (Minneapolis, MN) was recommended to the panel by the group that created the original Indigenous Arts bill. He is American Indian.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Laura Benson

Minnesota Humanities Center


Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minn. State Legislature Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 8, (d)
Appropriation Language

$850,000 the first year and $850,000 the second year are for a competitive grants program to provide grants to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Humanities Center must operate a competitive grants program to provide grants to programs that preserve and honor the cultural heritage of Minnesota or that provide education and student outreach on cultural diversity or to programs that empower communities to build their identity and culture. Priority must be given to grants for individuals and organizations working to create, celebrate, and teach indigenous arts and cultural activities and arts organizations and programs preserving, sharing, and educating on the arts and cultural heritage of immigrant communities in Minnesota.

2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

We will have at least 12 podcasts and/or short video tutorials posted on our website. We will be able to track the number of people viewing these materials.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In progress

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
outcomes data not yet available
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS)
Street Address
3626 Garfield Ave S.
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106

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