Northern Cheyenne nonprofit builds gardens to fight hunger

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Lynette Two Bulls gives plants to a recipient of Yellow Bird Life Ways’ gardening program.

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Lynette Two Bulls, executive director and founder of Yellow Bird Life Ways, talks about the importance of food sovereignty and the raised gardens they are installing on the Northern Cheyenne reservation.

SULLIVAN HUEBNER, Billings Gazette

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Montana’s Native American tribes were particularly affected, prompting strict lockdowns that on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation confined many residents to their homes.

Shortages at grocery stores compounded an already worsening food insecurity problem on the sprawling, rural reservation, leaving many residents unsure of where their next meal would come from.

“For people who couldn’t leave, it was bad,” said Donna Fisher, Northern Cheyenne’s tribal president. The elderly and immune-compromised were some of the worst-off, unable to leave their homes for food or supplies.

Plants at Yellow Bird Life

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