Connecting, Strengthening and Scaling Food Supply Chains in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region

Ann McCormack

Nez Perce Tribe

Ann McCormack is a Nez Perce tribal member and has worked for the Nez Perce tribal government for twenty-five plus years first as the Cultural Arts Coordinator and then as the economic development planner. She has cochaired the HIPT Alliance for seven years. (HIPT- Nez Perce word that means ‘food’ and is the acronym for, “Helping Indigenous People Thrive”). The vision for HIPT is strengthening the Tribe’s food sovereignty, security and sustainability for all. The mission of the Alliance is to promote food security, resilience, and self-sufficiency in the Nimiipuu homelands through food system development and through education to ensure access to healthy, affordable, and traditional foods. Under HIPT’s leadership the Alliance has facilitated six annual local Nez Perce tribe food summits on the Nez Perce reservation. Since 2022, Ann has acted as the Nez Perce Tribe’s principal investigator for the four-year project, “Advancing Tribal Food System-based Economic Development in the Northern Idaho with University of Idaho, Arrowleaf Consulting and the Coeur D’Alene tribe with Darin Saul as lead director. Currently, that team is working on the first Northwest Native American Food Summit for tribes from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho. This landmark event is to be held on March 7-9, 2024, at the Coeur D’Alene, Casino and Resort in Worley, Idaho to evaluate opportunities for tribes to participate in an intertribal food economy, individually and collectively. There will be a day devoted to the economics of agricultural diversification, a day for exploring small business opportunities
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