FAST Blackfeet

18 Mar

FAST Presentation at the 3rd Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

Watch the 7 minute Pecha Kucha presentation that our very own Betsy Loring delivered at 3rd Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition in Prior Lake, Minnesota last October! Interested in seeing other videos from the conference? Check out this link to see more! If you’d like to learn more about Seeds of Native Health – A Campaign for Indigenous Nutrition, you can check out their site at this link. ...

12 Feb

VISTA Volunteer: Meet Andrew!

Andrew Brokaw, FAST Blackfeet VISTA Volunteer What is your official Americorps title?  -AmeriCorps Prevention Resource Center VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) What is your home town?  -Cincinnati, Ohio Where did you go to college and what did you study? -Valparaiso University, degrees in Global Service and Humanities Why did you decide to do Americorps?  – I think it’s important to live in a similar way to the people you are serving if you want to serve in a meaningful way, and AmeriCorps is a great way to do that. Why were you drawn to the FAST position? -In my...

31 Oct

Creating the Narrative, Telling Our Story

Nonie Woolf and Scott Brant at the 2018 FNDI LEAD Conference in Corozan, CA. In late September, Nonie Woolf, FAST Blackfeet Chair, and Scott Brant, FAST Blackfeet Board Member, attended the First Nations Development Institute’s L.E.A.D Conference in Cabazon, California.  One of the sessions asked participants to reclaim indigenous stories and retell them –  effectively. With four simple (seemingly) themes, new stories are brought to life. You’ll see these themes at work in Nonie’s story below: Values – Things cherished long ago are...

22 Sep

FAST and Medicine Bear Shelter Partner to Feed People

Front lawn of the Medicine Bear Shelter in Browning, MT. September 2018. One year ago, FAST Blackfeet received a two-year, $30,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute to support the efforts of the Blackfeet Nation to eliminate systemic gaps in Blackfeet food system that leave many families food insecure. Over the past year, with this support, FAST Blackfeet has attained non-profit status and has officially decided to partner with the Medicine Bear Shelter in Browning to begin planning a Food...

13 Aug

FAST Spends 2 Days Future Planning!

Nonie Woolf at August 2018 FAST Blackfeet Retreat in Browning, MT It has been a whirlwind summer for FAST Blackfeet! Here’s a little about our latest adventure. First Nations Development Institute sent us John Hendrix (all the way from Mississippi Choctaw!) for two days of nitty-gritty work as part of the process to help our new non-profit build capacity through strategic planning and visioning.  We spent two days dreaming about nourishing our community with foods grown from the cleanest soil and the purest...

29 May

FAST Blackfeet Co-Chair Graduates!

Congratulations Danielle Antelope! Danielle graduated from Blackfeet Community College last week with two Associate’s degrees. One in Science and one in Health Science. She took every science class that BCC offers (except one)! Next, she’s off to Montana State University to pursue her Bachelor’s degree. To top it all off, she was also offered a Health Policy Fellowship with the National Indian Health Board for 2018-2019! FAST Blackfeet is so proud of you, Danielle! And, so grateful that you’ve decided to spend...

04 Mar

FAST Blackfeet Forms Formal Board

  FAST Blackfeet is gearing up for a new chapter of growth! After almost two years of meeting as a group of interested individuals, FAST Blackfeet will officially seek non-profit status. This step forward will allow FAST Blackfeet to write grants, raise funds more effectively, and laser focus on the goals that Blackfeet has identified around creating a food-secure, healthy, accessible food system in the community.  FAST Blackfeet hopes to secure non-profit status by late spring of 2018.   Along with non-profit status,...

06 Sep

Please donate to the Blackfeet Nourish Project

Hi Friends, It’s the time of year that the Blackfeet Nourish Project, a program of Farm Hands/Nourish the Flathead, can really use your help.  Your support has made possible: over 33,000 lbs of food delivered to the Blackfeet Reservation in 2016.   $8000 in food purchases that supported local Flathead farmers and businesses. Fresh, nutritious fruit to Browning School kids. Supplemental food for the Medicine Bear homeless shelter – serving free lunches 5 days a week. Additional vital food for the Heart Butte Senior Center and their outlying clients. In addition...

28 Sep

Native Food Sovereignty Fellows VISTA positions now open for application!

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI), with generous support by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) through its Seeds of Native Health campaign, announce the opening of up to 20 VISTA positions available at up to 10 tribal governments and tribal communities throughout the United States. VISTA is an important and vital community and public service program operated by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This unique partnership between VISTA, the SMSC, and IFAI allows for coordination of these placements and the creation of...

Rosalyn LaPier
11 Oct

LaPier lectures about contemporary history of Blackfeet Nov. 6 at MSU

Rosalyn LaPier, an award-winning indigenous writer, ethnobotanist and environmental historian from the University of Montana, will give the third talk in the Center for Western Lands and Peoples’ Perspectives on the American West Lecture Series on Nov. 6. LaPier’s lecture, “From Prairies to the Atomic Age: Family and Farming on the Blackfeet Reservation” is set for 6 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies’ Hager Auditorium and is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception in...