USDA offers a variety of programs and services that are available to Tribal Governments, Tribal communities and organizations, and individual Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. The Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) is dedicated to ensuring that Tribes have relevant information on the programs and services available at USDA.
Alaska Native and American Indian children are two times more likely to be overweight than non-natives. Let's Move! in Indian Country (LMIC) cannot succeed with the support of tribal leadership. USDA programs are actively involved in making a difference. Working across federal agencies, the LMIC initiative contains four steps aimed to help tribal leadership promote a better quality of health and nutrition for Native American children:
Creating a Healthy Start on Life
Developing Healthy Learning Communities
Increasing Access to Affordable, Healthy and Traditional Foods
Increasing Physical Activity
InterTribal Technical Assistance Network
USDA deployed the InterTribal Technical Assistance Network (Network) to ensure Tribal governments, communities, and individuals receive technical assistance to improve their access to USDA programs and services. The Network helps USDA deliver its programs and services to farmers and ranchers who are focusing on providing local and traditional food to tribal members and improving the market access for tribally-produced foods. The Network supports members of tribes across the United States, potentially benefitting 55 million acres of reservation lands and the communities located on those lands. http://www.iactechhelp.com/
Other USDA Initiatives
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food is a USDA-wide effort to carry out President Obama's commitment to strengthening local and regional food systems. To make the most of USDA resources available to support local and regional food systems, KYF2 helps strengthen USDA programs that serve local food producers, businesses and communities and develops tools to help the public access these programs. The initiative is carried out by a task force of USDA employees representing every agency within the Department.