The Association for Tribal Heritage (ATH) a Native American-operated 501(c)3 charitable organization has joined with tribal members on the Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux Reservation to build greenhouses that will grow food year round to feed families within their community and provide jobs.
The project, an emergency annex of the organizations NIBII Initiative, is developing hard wall pit greenhouses, purchasing water filtration systems for the greenhouses and sensors to monitor water quality, soil quality and climate. Our goal is to build four year-round greenhouses and begin the process that will allow us to provide food for our people and create jobs.
“Food insecurity is a major concern in many Tribal communities and building greenhouses for year round food production has been a project close to my heart for many years" states Terry Tribble, President of the Assocation for Tribal Heritage. On Pine Ridge, in order to buy food and supplies many residents must travel off the reservation, which means traveling between 120-240 miles round-trip. En route Tribal members experience racial profiling, harassment, and discrimination by police and at the places of business where they shop. And now, are harassed when wearing masks. Accordingly, some tribal member landowners have indicated a desire to own and operate small farms or greenhouses, to produce their own food and supply other tribal members and businesses on the reservation.
We want to eliminate the need to travel such distances for quality produce. We can provide good food, some much-needed jobs and protect our people from racial discrimination and potential exposure to covid-19. " States Joni Tobacco, Vice President of The Association for Tribal Heritage and Oglala Sioux Tribal member. "The right to clean water, access to food, and protecting our people from covid-19 is a basic human right" a belief expressed by both Terry Tribble and Joni Tobacco. "The lack of clean water, along with economic distress necessitates stronger efforts for community resilience and food sovereignty".
Working with local Indian landowners on the impacted Reservations, ATH's NIBII Initiative is developing tools for long-term self-sufficiency and food security. During these times the need for unity among all peoples and impactful change is more important than ever.
Please donate today and help us to build these greenhouses and the work towards food security in Pine Ridge and beyond.
THE ASSOCIATION FOR TRIBAL HERITAGE, INC. IS A 501(C)3 ORGANIZATION PUBLIC CHARITY STATUS; 17(B)(1)(A)(VI)
To learn more about The Association for Tribal Heritage and The NIBII Initiative please visit our website: www.nibii.earth
"Road to Pine Ridge" by Leroy Ironcloud
Patricia Hammond of SDSU Extension Tribal Local Foods Program (partner to TATH: NIBII Initiative Annex: Food Insecurity Action ) and Emit King of Pine Ridge working in a SDSU food garden on Pine Ridge
Catherine J. Warren, Native American consultation specialist, Omaha District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (left) welcomes new Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC) Tribal member Joni Tobacco, Ogalala Sioux Tribe (right) -2017