NAAF Trustee Sherry Salway Black (Oglala Lakota) is the 2019 John W. Gardner Leadership Award recipient. The award is presented by Independent Sector, a national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations and corporations to enhance the charitable sector. The award honors “an individual whose leadership in or with the nonprofit community has been transformative and who has mobilized and unified people, institutions, or causes that improve the quality of life on our planet.”
July 2019 | Washington, D.C.
Last week the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) staff accompanied fifteen Native FFA members representing five states and nine tribal nations to attend National FFA’s Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). WLC is a five-day conference that operates on a curriculum based on the principles of: “ME, WE, DO, SERVE” and inspires students to create a “Living to Serve” community service plan for their home communities. The overall goal of the conference is for students to become “an engaged citizen who can make a measurable positive difference in their community.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | August 1, 2019
Request for applications opens August 1st, closes September 30th
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF), a newly formed private charitable trust devoted to serving the interest of Native farmers and ranchers, announced its inaugural Request for Applications (RFA) today. Grant awards will be made on a competitive basis to 501(c)(3) organizations, educational organizations, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Native CDFIs, and state and federally recognized tribes for the provision of business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to existing and aspiring Native farmers and ranchers.
News alert | May 29, 2019
A series of severe weather systems has devastated the Midwest and Great Plains with historic flooding and heavy tornado activity in recent days. The disaster has displaced families, destroyed homes, and greatly impacted Native farmers and ranchers in the region. Tribal nations are working to address the needs of their citizens and repair damages while remaining under the threat of continued severe weather.
Nonprofit Quarterly | April 5, 2019
News alert | March 25, 2019
The Great Plains have been devastated by flooding in recent weeks. All weather reports indicate that flooding in the region and beyond may continue, with impacts spreading elsewhere. The disaster has displaced many families and greatly impacted Native farmers and ranchers in the region. Tribal nations are working to address the needs of their citizens, restore water, power and other critical resources, and repair infrastructure damage. The effects of this flooding will linger, and tribes and Native people need all the help they can get. If you know of anyone affected, please direct them to the links below.
Indian Country Today | August 16, 2018
“In the wake of the Keepseagle settlement, Federal courts have approved the appointment of fourteen trustees and an executive director. With over $266 million in funding, the NAAF is the largest philanthropic organization solely devoted to serving the Native American community.”
Philanthropy News Digest | August 14, 2018
“A decades-long battle to resolve claims that the U.S. Department of Agriculture systematically discriminated against Native American farmers and ranchers has come to an end with the establishment of a trust that will distribute $266 million from a 2010 civil rights settlement in which the U.S. government agreed to pay $680 million in damages for nearly twenty years of systematic discrimination in the awarding of farm loans.”
Agri-Pulse | August 13, 2018
“The largest Native American philanthropic institution in history has been set up to distribute $266 million awarded to Indian farmers and ranchers as part of a 2011 settlement with USDA.”