Anne Marie Noll of the 26th Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows presents “Food Sovereignty is Tribal Sovereignty” at the Rayburn House Office Building on Friday, 2/28/2020. Anne Marie completed her field work with the Native American Agriculture Fund in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) provides grants to eligible organizations for business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to support Native farmers and ranchers.
The charitable trust was created by the settlement of the landmark Keepseagle v. Vilsack class-action lawsuit. NAAF is the largest philanthropic organization devoted solely to serving the Native American farming and ranching community.
Anne Marie Noll is originally from the Hill Country outside of San Antonio, Texas, and studied cross-cultural studies history, peace studies, and Spanish with a minor in Latin American studies at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. During her time at Whitworth, she helped lead Kipos, an environmental and food justice group that advocated for environmental issues, and ran a university community garden. She further developed her interest in food justice by working with nonprofits, farmers markets, and food councils in Eastern Washington that are fighting food insecurity. After graduating, she spent a year in Bogotá, Colombia as a Fulbright Scholar teaching English at Fundación Universitaria Los Libertadores and giving lectures on climate change and food security issues in the United States. She then moved to Boston to serve at the Mayor’s Office of Food Access as a FoodCorps service member, working to improve the quality of school meals throughout Boston Public Schools and teaching cooking and gardening at a bilingual public school in East Boston.