Fayetteville, Arkansas- The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Congresswoman Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) in her historic nomination to serve in the Biden-Harris administration as our next Secretary at the Department of the Interior (DOI). We applaud Congresswoman Haaland’s historic nomination as the first Native American woman to be nominated to a Cabinet level position.
We are confident that in her new role as Secretary she will not only uphold the important trust responsibilities to Tribes but will help Indian Country recover and rebuild stronger than ever from the pandemic that has impacted our communities so deeply. From our unique perspective at NAAF, we look forward to her leadership and her vision in this new role as part of the new Biden-Harris administration.
We look forward to working with her entire team to ensure Native food systems and agriculture investments by Tribes and Native farmers, ranchers and food people are protected today and secured for future generations. DOI’s work spans so many important areas to our country. We are confident she will work for a better future for Indian Country and will serve our country in a good way as the first Native person to lead the Department of the Interior.
Fayetteville, Arkansas- The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Secretary Tom Vilsack in his nomination to serve in the Biden-Harris administration as our next Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture.
NAAF is a private charitable trust and is the largest philanthropic entity in the United States whose purpose is to support the success of Native farmers and ranchers. NAAF was created as part of the settlement of the historic Keepseagle v. Vilsack litigation and our work began in earnest in 2018. His push to reach settlement in the Keepseagle case ended in the creation of NAAF.
We have been able to deploy resources to support Native agriculture – over $28M in the first year alone – to ensure that Native agriculture has a place at the US agriculture table, so that our producers can thrive and succeed, and so that our next generation are supported in their passions to feed our communities. Although our organization was born of a dark time, we are filled with the hope that comes from having resources to support our communities.
We know that Secretary Vilsack will serve all our nation’s farmers and ranchers, our agriculture businesses, our next generation of producers and our people who are struggling to find food in the middle of a pandemic. We are anxiously looking forward to making sure that the days ahead are brighter for those served by USDA. We are confident that his leadership can create new opportunities for everyone.
We know that Secretary Vilsack will lead the Department with passion, heart and a dedication to continue working to right past wrongs as well as create new opportunities for the nation’s agriculturalists, those who are hungry among us, and the nation’s rural people and communities.
Janie Simms Hipp, CEO (Chickasaw)
The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) provides grants to eligible organizations for business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to support Native farmers and ranchers. The charitable trust was created by the settlement of the landmark Keepseagle v. Vilsack classaction lawsuit. NAAF is the largest philanthropic organization devoted solely to serving the Native American farming and ranching community.
The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) has part-time openings for interns to join a dynamic charitable trust benefitting Native American farmers and ranchers. The interns will provide support for grants management, data collection and entry, Native agriculture research, financial team, office administration, trustee liaison, senior management and general program support to the CEO, CFO/CIO, COO and Directors, and be centrally available to all staff. The interns report to the Regional and/or Senior Director. These positions require someone with a proactive personality and engaging team player style with a passion for and commitment to the mission and core values of NAAF. The internships are remote positions.
NAAF is a registered North Dakota charitable trust created for supporting a range of activities, including grant making, to benefit Native farmers, ranchers, food producers, and agriculture sector activities. NAAF is the largest U.S. philanthropy focused exclusively on Native American farmers and ranchers.
- Basic computer and office skills; attention to details and deadlines
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work with supervision or work independently
- Strong team player skills in a multicultural environment
- Assists with special meetings or event planning
- Assists with preparation of Board materials and office administrative tasks
- Undertakes special projects as assigned
Preferred applicants will have any number of the following attributes: an agriculture background; agriculture (or a related area) as an educational major in higher education; agriculture experience; Native agriculture knowledge; and a true passion for food and agriculture.
- Internships are expected to begin as early as Thursday, January 14, 2021; end dates to be determined in conversation with NAAF.
- Interns expected to work 10-20 hours per week
- Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by Wednesday, December 23 at 5 p.m. CT. To: Sandy Martini, Human Resource Director,
Interviews for the positions will begin January 1, 2021 (by virtual means) and decisions will be made shortly thereafter.
NAAF is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, unemployment status or any other protected category. NAAF takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance employment in individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.