The Native American Fiber Program (NAFP) was created in 2019 in response to growing interest from tribal communities in reclaiming their hemp heritage following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Fred Briones is the founding Director of the Native American Fiber Program and acts as the head of tribal relations for the foundation.
The NAFP offers direction and coordination to tribal communities seeking to build regenerative fiber economies; whether that is traditional fiber for California Indian basketry, Pueblo cotton and other textile fibers or industrial hemp for modern engineering.
Some of the services the NAFP seeks to offer to our tribal partners include:
Fiber Processing R & D
Business Planning and Coordination
Inter-Tribal / Inter-Agency / Business-to-Business Facilitation
Help Identifying and Securing Philanthropic Support
By emphasizing adaptability in its approach to business planning, the Native American Fiber Program can tailor its support to tribal communities and help them meet their needs as they face the issues of tribal sovereignty.