MFSI Mission Statement
Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative works to enable the Mvskoke people and
their neighbors to provide for their food and health needs now and in the future
through sustainable agriculture, economic development, community
involvement, cultural and educational programs.
Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI) is a grassroots, Native American led
organization located in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, capitol of the Muscogee (Creek)
Nation. The Mvskoke people were indigenous to what is now the Southeast
United States and are an American Indian federally recognized tribe. Mvskoke
food heritage and traditions goes back in time long before the Trail of Tears
forced them to Oklahoma. For centuries the Mvskoke maintained a successful
agriculture based culture that sustained large populations living in towns along
the rivers and creeks (so European settlers called them “Creek Indians”). These
were the “mound builders” who developed a sophisticated civilization, taking
care of the food, spiritual and political needs of their people.
Today these cultures still exist as the Muscogee, Seminole, Chickasaw,
Choctaw, Cherokee and Yuchi tribes. The respective languages are still used by
many and the ceremonial dances, songs and practices are still carried on.
Growing, preserving and using traditional foods plays an important role in
cultural activities. MFSI seeks to preserve the food heritage and traditions of
these Indigenous peoples through hands-on classes, educational programs,
intergenerational sharing and sustainable agriculture practices.
Lizanne Holata (Mvskoke) - Interim Executive Director
June Marshall (Kiowa) - Office Manager
Stephanie Berryhill (Mvskoke) - Program Development
Dicey Barnett (Mvskoke) - Office Assistant (PT)
Sue White (Mvskoke) - Office Assistant (PT)
Ric Denney - Media Specialist
MVTO to Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, Seventh Generation Fund, USDA/CSREES, Reach Legacy Program, Hostgator, First Nations Development Institute, Honor the Earth Fund of the Tides Foundation, SSAWGT&TA and our friends who have donated time and money to MFSI.