Osage Nation

Osage Ranch raises cattle and bison, offers opportunities to hunt and fish, and provides meat to youth, elder, and cultural events. (Photo: Osage News)

"Everything we do [at Osage] revolves around food. You can't heal the community unless you heal the food system."

         Raymond Red Corn, Assistant Chief, Osage Nation

Living in a food desert with limited access to fresh and healthy foods – a problem exacerbated in 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic – and facing a myraid of costly health problems related to poor diet, the Osage Nation has prioritized food self-sufficiency and begun developing the various components needed for local, healthy food production, processing, and distribution within its own reservation. To maximum its effectiveness, the Osage Nation is gathering data on the health and financial impacts of its efforts every step of the way, and is using that data to drive future decision-making. 

Ø  Jason George, Business Development, Department of Natural Resources, Osage Nation, 918-287-5367, Jason.George@osagenation-nsn.gov

To learn more about the Osage Nation’s food sovereignty approach, click on the case study and related resources below.

Note: Development of this case study was supported by a grant from the Native American Agriculture Fast Track Fund. Fast Track funding was part of the settlement of the Keepseagle v. Vilsack national class action lawsuit, which also led to the creation of the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF), the largest philanthropic entity supporting Native American farmers and ranchers through grants that focus on business assistance, technical support, and agricultural education, and advocacy.

Food Sovereignty: OSAGE NATION 

INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT: Case Study: Osage Nation
American Indian Culture and Research Journal:  Searching for Haknip Achukma (Good Health): Challenges to Food Sovereignty Initiatives in Oklahoma
AP News: Osage Nation celebrates purchase of Ted Turner's ranch
Center for Indigenous Health Research and Policy, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences: The development of child and adult care food program best-practice menu and training for Native American head start programs: The FRESH study
The Harvard Project for American Indian Economic Development: Osage Nation Governmental Reform Initiative, Honoring Nations: 2008 Honoree
Osage Nation: Ribbon-Cutting Set for Osage Harvest Land
Osage News: Daposka Ahndodapi recieves glowing review from Advance Ed
Osage News: Food Sovereignty Initiative at Osage Nation Continues to Grow and Improve
Osage News: Indigenous traditional corn growers coming to Osage territory for Braiding the Sacred Gathering
Osage News: Osage Nation to hold Dec. 28 ribbon cutting for meat processing plant 
Osage News: Osage Nation celebrates purchase of Bluestem Ranch
Tulsa World: Osage Nation aims to eliminate food desert with $13 million facility
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities: Fresh Food for the Osage Nation: Researchers and a Native Community Work Toward Improved Food Resources and Food Sovereignty