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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.




About MFSI


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.

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