President Trump’s budget proposes almost $200 billion in cuts to what is commonly referred to as food stamps over the next 10 years. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was created to help low income people buy food. In 2015, an average of 43 million people received SNAP benefits according to the USDA. A 2014 survey from the non-profit Feeding American notes American Indians and Alaska Natives experience food insecurity at higher rates than the national average. What would a cut to food stamps mean for Native America?
A-dae Romero-Briones (Cochiti/Kiowa) – associate director of research and policy for the First Nations Development Institute
Janie Simms Hipp (Chickasaw) – director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law
Break music: Ch’iya’a’n Biyiin/Native Food Song (song) Radmilla & Herman Cody (artist) Shi Kéyah (album)