Native American farmers have received $15 million (£12.6 million) to improve their land, communities and businesses.
The cash was distributed through the Native American Agriculture Fund, with 101 organisations serving the Indian lands receiving grants.
The money has been allocated to 112 distinct projects to build a stronger food system in Indian Country.
The fund, in a Press statement, said the cash would provide direct capital to Native farmers and ranchers through Community Development Financial Institutions, build value-added agricultural businesses for tribes and create community driven changes to food systems.
It said the “historic investment” would benefit 270 tribal nations in 28 different states.
In addition, the grants will provide access to credit and financing for over 2,300 Native American farmers and ranchers.
“Today’s investment reflects the values of the Native American Agriculture Fund,” said Jim Laducer of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Chair of the Native American Agriculture Fund Board of Trustees, pictured right.
“Through the 112 grants awarded today, we are investing in our producers, our tribes, our communities and our future.
“The impact of this investment will grow our Native American foodways for generations to come.
“Our mission at the Native American Agriculture Fund is to make grants to sustainably build tribal food economies.”
Janie Hipp, of the Chickasaw tribe and CEO of the Native American Agriculture Fund, said: “This $15 million dollar investment will not only grow our economies, it will ensure that our Native food systems rebuild stronger than ever through the pandemic.”