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Advancing Tribal Sovereignty through Self-Determination Projects for FDPIR

USDA Food and Nutrition Service invites tribes to apply for a second round of Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Self-Determination Demonstration Projects. Through these projects, tribes administering the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations can enter into self-determination contracts with USDA to directly purchase food for the FDPIR food packages distributed to their tribe.

FDPIR provides USDA Foods to income-eligible households on tribal reservations and Native American households in approved areas near reservations or in Oklahoma. USDA distributes both food and administrative funding to participating tribes to operate FDPIR. The FDPIR Self-Determination Demonstration Project empowers tribal nations by allowing them to select and purchase foods for their food package. This better aligns their FDPIR food package with culture and traditions and also supports indigenous agricultural communities.

Tribes currently participating in the Self-Determination Demonstration Project include:

  • Oneida Nation/Menominee Indian Tribe
  • Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
  • Chickasaw Nation
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)
  • Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
  • Lummi Nation

Eligible tribes are encouraged to apply for FDPIR Self-Determination Demonstration Project funding by submitting a proposal for participation by Jan. 31, 2023. Information about eligibility, the criteria for participation and the process for submitting a proposal is available at


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Page updated: October 17, 2022