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Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations

by Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bring Fruit Trees to Native American Reservations
Bay Mills Indian Community
Bay Mills Indian Community

Dear friends,

We are currently planning our next Trees for Tribes projects which will take place in the spring of 2020. We have received an appeal to participate in our programs from the Bay Mills Indian Community in the very north of Michigan near the Canadian border. The tribe would like to plant and distribute hundreds of fruit trees on their lands and to rural Native American families in order to support native food sovereignty and overall health and well-being. As the tribe described to FTPF:

"The Bay Mills Indian Community is a rural Native American community that is currently experiencing astronomical levels of obesity and chronic diseases, with 54% of the adult population currently being categorized as obese/overweight, as compared to the Michigan average of 31%. If given the opportunity to plant an orchard, the community will derive significant benefits related to increased access to wholesome, nutrient-dense foods, while also increasing knowledge of new planting techniques that they can duplicate at home to supplement their diets."

We want to fulfill this wish of filling their lands with fruit trees. Therefore we are asking friends of FTPF to donate today to make this project possible--every donation is a step towards ensuring native communities have access to healthy, locally grown, perennial fruit that will nourish and feed tribal communities for decades.

To a fruitful future for all native peoples,

The FTPF Team

Tobacco and sacred water blessing of the new trees
Tobacco and sacred water blessing of the new trees

We just wrapped up our tree-planting trips to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and the White Earth Nation, and we are feeling humbled and excited by the work done over the past couple of weeks.

220 fruit trees were blessed by their respective tribes before being planted on tribal lands, where they will serve the surrounding communities for generations. Orchard sites include a senior center, behavioral health treatment facility, a center for native rights, a community farm, a tribal center, and even a few at tribal members' homes. 

The seventh fire of Anishinabe tradition is indeed burning strong across these lands, and we are very honored to contribute towards the fight for food freedom and native sovereignty through the planting of fruit trees.

Miigwech for the continued support of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation's Trees for Tribes program, and here's to a fruitful future for all native peoples!

Dear friends of FTPF,

Thank you for continuing to support FTPF and our work to bring food equality and food sovereignty to Native American reservations around the country. We believe fruit trees are an essential part of creating healthier, stronger indigenous communities, and with every tree planted believe we are planting hope for future generations...

"How long are we going to let others determine the future for our children? Are we not warriors? When our ancestors went into battle they did not know what the consequences were going to be. All they knew was that if they did nothing, things would not go well for their children Do not operate out of a place of fear, operate from a place of hope. With hope everything is possible. The time is now."

-Crazy Horse

In this spirit, we will be planting hundreds of trees with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota in May 2019 at community centers, health centers, schools, and native-run nonprofits on tribal lands. Please consider making a donation to Trees for Tribes to help us make orchards a reality for these tribes, as well as the many, many others around the country who are waiting to participate in our programs.

Thank you for believing in the power of fruit trees to support Native communities!

Thank you to everyone who donated to Trees for Tribes this year! We are so thankful for your support of the hundreds of trees that were planted, and more importantly the hundreds of Native families and students who helped plant these trees for not only themselves but for future generations to come.

Attached in our 2018 Annual Report, which highlights our program outputs for the year, as well as the fact that for the eighth year in a row 90 cents of every dollar was spent on our life-sustaining tree-planting programs. Please take a look, and consider contributing towards Trees for Tribes before the year ends!

Have a very fruitful holiday season and a happy New Year!


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Dear friends,

We are so grateful for your support of our Trees for Tribes program, and 2018 has been a very fruitful year indeed!

While at the moment our team is busy planting trees in other parts of the world (currently we are writing from the Island of Hawai'i where we have plans to work with the Hawaiian Homelands on a demonstration orchard at the Maku'u Farmer's Market in the Puna District), we are also actively planning for our 2019 Trees for Tribes projects. We are anticipating to plant and distribute fruit trees across several Native American Reservations and at tribal homes and schools in Minnesota, Michigan, and Arizona. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months...

Thank you for your belief that fruit trees can be the answer to so many pressing issues on Native lands, and putting your faith in the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation to bring this program to those tribes who need it the most.
 

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Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

Location: Pittsburgh, PA - USA
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Project Leader:
Lizzy Rainey
Pittsburgh, PA United States
$8,795 raised of $10,000 goal
 
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