Protecting Native Seeds

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 23rd, 2014 Last Updated on: March 23rd, 2014

According to a report by KRQE out of Albuquerque, NM, a bill has been introduced in the Senate and House in New Mexico which would protect Native American seeds used for cultural, religious, medicinal, ceremonial and agriculture purposes. The proposal would permit tribes to work alongside public research institutions to encourage education and training programs preserving the purity of the seeds.

Photo by Jonathan McIntosh

Photo by Jonathan McIntosh

Currently there are several organizations throughout Indian Country dedicated to seed conservation such as Native Seeds in Arizona, Upon request, Native Seeds will provide free seeds to Native Americans in the Greater Southwest region.

The Cherokee Nation also provides tribal citizens access to rare breeds of corn, beans, squash, gourds and tobacco seeds.

Al Jazeera America did a report last year on saving seeds in Indian Country last year.

Spring is here and it's time to start planning your garden. Will you be using traditional seeds? Do you know of any other seed conservation programs in Indian Country?

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Debbie Lee

Checking to see if they are available to public?

Colleen Gallagher

I have seeds stored & was wondering if non-NA can purchase any of these seeds? I would be honored to add them to what I have. Thank you for any comment or reply!
Be well & well blessed ~

Colleen Gallagher

Thank you very much for your reply, Sun!! Have been ill recently & just now got your kind reply.

Yes, Miss Debbie, I am not NA, but enjoy the culture & was hoping to get some seeds I know a certain Chiricahua Apache would be interested in ๐Ÿ˜‰

May the Creator bless Everyone!
Again, thank you!

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