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The Native American Agriculture Fund Supports Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior

(Monday evening in Washington, D.C., IllumiNative put up a projection of Rep. Deb Haaland on the C Street entrance of the Department of the Interior. (Photo courtesy IllumiNative)
Fayetteville, Arkansas- The Native American Agriculture Fund lends our full support for the confirmation of Congresswoman Deb Haaland of Laguna Pueblo on her confirmation to be Secretary of the Interior. If confirmed, Haaland will be the first ever Native American woman to serve as a cabinet secretary.
Haaland has deep roots in Native agriculture and understands the intricacies of producing food on Tribal lands. As a small business owner, she knows what our Native farmers and ranchers face when bringing their goods to market. She recognizes the role the Bureau of Indian Affairs plays in creating economic development on Indian Reservations and how food can build rural economies. With Haaland at the helm at the Department of the Interior, the federal government will have a leader with the lived experience to lead our rural economies into a brighter future.
“Deb Haaland is an incredible choice to lead the Department of the Interior,” said Janie Hipp (Chickasaw), CEO of the Native American Agriculture Fund. “She brings decades of solid and informed experience to the position and knows what it takes to build strong, local food economies that will sustain our communities and feed our people.”

Standing Rock Rancher Runs Nation’s Largest Native-Owned Buffalo Herd

“Today, the Brownotter Buffalo Ranch on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation sprawls over 20,000 acres, home to a herd of 600. His herd is part of a buffalo resurgence at Standing Rock that also includes native herds owned by the tribe and others.”


NAAF LISTENING SESSION February 18th, 2021

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) would like to invite you to a listening session on February 18th, 2021 at 2pm Central Time. This inagural session begins a series of sessions which will be held the 3rd Thursday of every month throughout the year. This listening session is an opportunity for NAAF to listen to Indian Country. In addition, we will have an opportunity for participants to ask questions regarding the NAAF organization. This is open to the public.


Additional Listening Session Dates:

April 15th, 2021
June 17th, 2021
August 19th, 2021
October 21, 2021
December 16th, 2021


 In today’s challenging farm financial climate, having a positive lender relationship is key for farmers and ranchers. How can you be best prepared to work with your lender? Join this series of webinars to learn how to be well prepared for lender meetings, thus cultivating a positive borrower relationship. We will cover preparing a balance sheet to convey your financial position; understanding the Sch. F tax form to share farm profitability; and telling your story to your lender, preparing a cash flow plan and other business planning tools.


In today’s challenging farm financial climate, having a positive lender relationship is key for farmers and ranchers.  How can you be best prepared to work with your lender?  Join this series of webinars to learn how to be well prepared for lender meetings, thus cultivating a positive borrower relationship.  We will cover preparing a balance sheet to convey your financial position; understanding the Sch. F tax form to show farm profitability; and telling your story to your lender, preparing a cash flow plan and other business planning tools, share farm profitability and ensure full access to farm programs.

Topic: Native American Producers Finance Toolkit Series
Time: Jan 27, 2021 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Reclaiming the National Bison Range

After decades of battling misinformation, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes recover their lands and the herd.



The Biden Administration’s Conservation Plan Must Prioritize Indigenous Leadership- New Issue Brief from the Center for American Progress

Washington, D.C. — In its push to protect 30 percent of U.S. lands and ocean by 2030—known as the 30×30 plan—the Biden administration should respect tribal sovereignty and support conservation efforts led by Indigenous communities, according to a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress.

By pledging to provide Native American tribes with a greater role in the care and management of public lands, President Joe Biden has shown a willingness to confront the injustices that affect nearly all aspects of U.S. natural resource policy, the brief says. These include not only the history of land theft, erasure and genocide, but also the government’s continued failure to meet its trust and treaty obligations to tribal nations and failure to recognize the integral contributions that Indigenous peoples have made to biodiversity and the climate.

“Recognizing, supporting and funding Indigenous-led conservation is not just a legal and moral imperative, but also a way to build the most effective conservation policies,” said Sahir Doshi, author of the issue brief and a research assistant at CAP. “It’s time to restore decision-making power to those who have the right and record to wield it best.”

The new administration has an opportunity to show that it will keep a respect for tribal sovereignty at the center of the broader 30×30 plan. It should ensure that tribes are included early in the process at the highest level of decision-making. New conservation opportunities should also be made available to tribes with funding and flexibility. By meaningfully prioritizing tribal sovereignty, the administration can strive to meet its trust and treaty obligations, rather than once again offering lofty language without the backing of institutional muscle.

CAP’s recommends that the Biden administration establish a tribal-led task force to advise the interior secretary on tribal priorities for natural resource management and the pursuit of 30×30. The task force should make recommendations that would:

  • Ground all agency dealings and consultations with tribes in respect for tribal sovereignty
  • Provide tribes with the funds and flexibility needed to execute their vision
  • Build on the Bears Ears National Monument model to enable genuine tribal co-management on public lands
  • Respect and protect traditional ecological knowledge from erasure and exploitation
  • Explore new ideas to recognize Indigenous-led conservation, especially of sacred sites and culturally significant resources
  • Support key tribal priorities like homeland restoration

Read the issue brief: “The Biden Administration’s Conservation Plan Must Prioritize Indigenous Leadership” by Sahir Doshi

For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, please contact Sam Hananel at .

Opinion from New York Times: Ask Who Paid for America’s Universities

Article published May 7, 2020 in the New York Times.
Authored by Tristan Ahtone and Robert Lee.

“This is how deep it goes. Even an essay calling for a fairer America missed the injustice at the core of the nation’s character.”

The United States is well known for technological break throughs, but at what cost do our centers of research come, and what historical implications are there? The New York Times hosts an opinion piece that discusses the Morrill Act of 1862, which appropriated land to fund agricultural and mechanical colleges, also known as land-grant universities.

“But ask who paid for it, and who’s still paying today?”. These universities were transferred lands by the U.S., acquired from decades of conflict with Indigenous peoples that the U.S. paid little to nothing for, transferring the cost in so many ways to the peoples native to North America.

Read the full article here.


Accepting Solutions

How can Native innovators in the US use traditional knowledge and technology to drive social, environmental, and economic impact in their communities?

July 7, 2020

Challenge Overview

Solve’s 2020 Indigenous Communities Fellowship is made possible in part by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Native innovators are charting a bright future led by and for their communities. The number of Native-owned businesses in the US is growing—Native American women have started at least 17 new businesses a day since 2007. Native scientists are both analyzing environmental damage and developing new community-based solutions. A wave of language revitalization efforts is driving a new generation of fluent speakers. Lastly, a recent shift towards tribal control of healthcare aims to provide better access to care and a culturally integrated approach to healing.

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