Staci Emm: Native American Food Sovereignty

Staci Emm


Native American Food Sovereignty


Staci Emm


University of Nevada, Reno Extension


Staci Emm has been with the University of Nevada, Reno College of Cooperative Extension since July of 2000, and has been the extension educator in Mineral County since 2005. Previously, she was the program officer for Extension programs for Nevada Indian tribes. Emm is nationally recognized for agricultural and American Indian Extension programs. Currently, she works with several team members to deliver agricultural Extension programs in Nevada, manage and oversee the Mineral County Extension office, and works with American Indian tribes in the United States on land and water issues. Emm is of Native American decent and grew up on the Walker River Indian reservation. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated with a B.A. in journalism (minor business administration), and attended Colorado State University for a master’s of agriculture with an Extension specialization.

Project overview

American Indian reservation food supplies chains have been disrupted due to COVID-19. Several tribes are taking initiatives to grow their own food or put tribal food systems in place. This research project will work with faculty from the University's College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources to identify national tribal food sovereignty projects and measure the level of success based on indicators of land tenure, American Indian policy, and sustainability. This project may include travel and will also work with Extension faculty at Utah State University and the University of Arizona. Research results will provide a foundation to identify the opportunities and obstacles in tribes establishing a food sovereignty program on reservation land.

Research will be conducted between January 20 - May 31, 2020