The Lower Sioux Indian Community, in partnership with the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF), formed a community represented Health and Human Services Advisory Committee in March 2015. The advisory committee was formed to serve the areas of Wicozani (balance of whole health and wellness).
The original long-term goal of the committee is to increase community engagement to establishment a sustainable Lower Sioux Indian Community food system that improves access to healthy food, connects the community to indigenous foods, and creates healthier families. Over time, the work of the committee has grown to include traditional tobacco preservation and protecting all generations against commercial tobacco. Initiatives continue to grow covering multiple topics revolving around health prevention and intervention.
The committee is made up of Lower Sioux employees, community members, and youth ambassadors. Membership is reevaluated every two (2) years. The roles and responsibilities of members include attending scheduled meetings and providing input towards wellness related programming, education, and resources, grant funding use, and community needs in relative health areas.
For more information on committee work please see the following passed policies:
- Honoring Little Crow with Healthy and Indigenous Foods Initiative
- Toolkit for Navigating Honoring Little Crow with Healthy and Indigenous Foods
- Honoring Cansasa for Healthy Generations