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Department of the Interior (DOI)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

The mission of the BIA is to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.

Programs and Accomplishments:

  • The Department of the Interior has also shared information on its website developed by the "Wellness in Native America" project at the American Indian Institute on the revival of traditional foods through the Institute's online blogs. The Oneida Community Integrated Food Systems were highlighted on the blog for developing a community food system that includes traditional food products and helps create a local economy on the Oneida Reservation.
  • Office of Youth in the Great Outdoors: Provides educational and employment opportunities around issues of the environment, climate change, energy, wildlife and landmarks for youth.
  • Presidential Active Lifestyle Award for Indian Country: This initiative rewards individuals who are making a commitment to and engaging in physical activity.

Resources & Links:

Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)

BIE's mission is to provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with a tribe's needs for cultural and economic well-being, in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities. BIE supports and encourages LMIC via all aspects of the educational system - through educational platforms, physical activity, extracurricular activity, and nutrition. The BIE oversees more than 180 elementary, middle and high schools serving AI/AN students and manages a series of programs. In conjunction with LMIC, the BIE holds a Physical Activity Challenge.

Programs and Accomplishments:

  • 45,000 children in BIE schools participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); NSLP leverages LMIC healthy habit and good nutrition.
  • Educate and support Tribal health educators and nutrition coordinators that can assist schools in meeting the challenge goals.
  • Encourage schools with eligible afterschool programs to provide meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
  • Promote school and community gardens that incorporate traditional foods and techniques.
  • Promote farm-to-school programs and the incorporation of fresh food into school meals.
  • Assist local schools in applying for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). Schools can also promote nutrition education in the classroom through creative partnerships with nutrition coordinators.

Resources & Links:

  • Let's Move! Active Schools Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov
  • Let's Move! in Indian Country webinar training series about increasing access to healthy meals. The webcast provides an overview of the program, including the goals of the program, how a school can apply, the funding methodology, and helpful resources including the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program handbook Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov [PDF] and online toolkit Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.LMIC.ihs.gov.