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Native American Food Sovereignty
|OUR CORE VALUES
Community service, Creativity,
Honesty, Honoring our relations,
Respect, Strong work ethic, Trust
“Tolani Lake Enterprises envisions a future
where all our relations thrive in sustainable,
economically viable, and environmentally responsible
American Food Sovereignty
“Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally
appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable
methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.
It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and
consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the
demands of markets and corporations.” Declaration of Nyéléni, the first
global forum on food sovereignty, Mali, 2007
“Tolani Lake 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.”
|SOLAR FOR CORN on NAVAJO
The Navajo Nation is taking its first step toward generating electricity by starting a solar farm amid the pending closure of a coal-fired power plant in northeastern Arizona. Tolani Lake Enterprises began using solar on the Navajo Reservation three years ago thanks to the generous funding from Grand Canyon Trust. TLE was able to install…Read more
Diné Food Sovereignty
|Gary Biakeddy - Board President
"As I have come to find out, we are never to old to learn. Tolani Lake Enterprises presents a way to keep learnng the modern ways of agriculture and economic development, along with our traditional teachings"
TLE’s Grow Our Own program guides our work and empowers us to build local capacity to do for ourselves as we once did. Growing our own food again in area gardens and farms will allow us to reclaim our health and sovereignty, and strengthen our culture. We host workshops and courses at our three acre demonstration garden and orchards at the TLE business site lease........read more
|USDA Certified Animal Harvest
A feasibility study funded by RBEG will provide us
with details related to infrastructure and design
of the facility, location, needs of ranchers, farmers,
businesses, the community and how those needs can be
aligned with the proposed business enterprise
|Stephanie Hall - Executive
"I've been approached by individuals who know that I'm on the TLE team, and they ask me for guidance on how to start up a business or an initiative, hw they cen be a part of something bigger than themselves or how TLE can collaborate with their organiztions. I think to many of these individuals, TLE severs as an example of how to build resiliency and sustainability within our communities.
People can place their trust that the future holds good things in organizations like TLE"
TLE works to develop activities that primarily emproves the overall quality of life in a community. That is the meaning of our logo "Grow our Own". 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.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. ....read more
|Bill Edwards - Board
Vice-President Tolani Lake
"As long as there is one Native American suffering from historical trauma there is a need for Non-Profit work"
Water For Everybody
663 MILLION PEOPLE LACK ACCESS TO
Protecting our childdren forward seven generaions, that is what it is about. Reducing the number of health problems associated with ingesting too many water borne contaminants.
It is about dignity. Access to clean drinking Water is a human right......read more
|Jacques Seronde - Board of
"Organizing and building community capacity for food and water security'
|Judie Wilson - Executive Secretary
"Organizing and building capacity for food and water security" TLE has the ability to bring together local schools and nonprofits along with county and tribal representatives to work together for healthy and sustainable native communities.