Our once healthy, strong and self-sufficient Native American communities have, for decades, been paying a too-steep price for colonialism, assimilation and forced dependency, especially when it comes to their traditional diets, agriculture and food systems - their very well-being.
The toll has included a diabetes rate averaging more than two times that of other Americans, plus epidemic levels of heart disease and obesity. It has also led to a significant weakening of their cultural traditions in many cases, as well as badly stunting their economic livelihoods.
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I'm taking the pledge to support Native food systems as a way to improve health and nutrition, food security, cultural connections and their very economic development, which can lead to once again strong, sustainable and self-sufficient Native communities in the U.S.
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