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Native Food Sovereignty

Native food sovereignty
is the right of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians to produce
their own traditional foods on their own lands to sustain themselves, their families and their communities. Native Americans had food sovereignty for thousands of years before the first European contact in the Americas. Food systems have dramatically changed to the detriment of Native peoples’ health

Clean Water

Not everyone is lucky enough to have access to clean water. Water is the source and sustenance of all life-Water Is Life.It is worth reminding ourselves that access to water is a basic human right. The “human right to water entitles everyone to sufficient, safe, acceptable physically and affordable water for personal and domestic uses.” That right is available to all without discrimination of any kind. Indigenous peoples’ access to water resources on their ancestral lands must be protected from encroachment and unlawful pollution. States/Nations should provide resources for indigenous peoples to design, deliver, and control their access to water.

On Black Mesa, the ancestral homeland of Hopi and Diné (Navajo) peoples in the American southwest, mining by the Peabody Coal Company has nearly depleted the aquifer on which Native Americans rely for their drinking water. Nearby, peoples from several indigenous nations have gone to court in an effort to stop a ski area from spraying reclaimed wastewater to make artificial snow on the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

Community Development

TLE works to development activities that primarily improves the overall quality of life in a community. Community development is at the heart of the work that Tolani Lake Enterprises Inc. does. A healthy community is important to the survival of the Navajo Nation. TLE is working to build healthy communities on Navajo and to develop programs that can be replicated throughout Indian Country.

What does a healthy community look like? There are many ingredients the goes to make up a healthy community. Economic security is one. How economic security looks on Navajo and in Indian Country is quite different then it looks in the non-native world. Economic security can only come about through culturally relevant economic development and opportunities. It must also be in an atmosphere where dollars are able to circulate in the community at least 6 or 7 times.

Food security and food sovereignty. A community must have food security and sovereignty. The people must know that there is a sustainable and steady supply of food that is culturally relevant.




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The Mission of Tolani Lake Enterprises Inc.


Tó Łání Enterprises’ mission is to cultivate healthy, safe, and prosperous communities by strengthening food, water, and economic systems for our Native communities in the lower Little Colorado River Valley, empowering our youth, and promoting Native cultural knowledge. 



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