The Native American Agriculture Fund is conducting a research study to gain a better perspective on the issues of food insecurity and hunger in Tribal households as a result of COVID-19. This survey will be available until April 30th.
During that time, we are hoping to collect a large number of responses from Tribal members and communities. At the end of the survey collection period, we will analyze the data and provide a report highlighting the insights we gain from our willing participants.
This survey will keep your identity anonymous and takes approximately fifteen minutes to complete. The Native American Agriculture Fund will maintain the data collected and use it to inform the further strengthening and support the critical role Native agriculturalists have in feeding our people.
Thank you for taking the time to contribute to this survey!
If you have any questions please contact Valerie Segrest (Muckleshoot), Senior Program Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fayetteville, Arkansas- A decade ago, the Keepseagle v. Vilsack case was originally settled. The case was brought by Native farmers and ranchers throughout the US to address a decades long history of discrimination in lending and in the servicing of loans by USDA. The settlement of the case had many aspects including the creation of the Native American Agriculture Fund. But the Fund cannot address all the issues the federal government can.
As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the land and creates emergencies in its wake, we see that systemic and persistent barriers continue to leave people out. When USDA deployed boxes of food, Tribal governments and Native food businesses were all but left out of the program. Nearly 97% of USDA-deployed resources went to non-BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) agriculturalists. These issues need to be addressed.
We need meaningful and deliberate action. The burden of debt is hitting every corner of our economy. But for BIPOC farmers and ranchers it is an emergency made even more dire because of the historic barriers faced in accessing government programs. Technical support is important to all farmers and ranchers but is even more important to those who have been left out of those resources for decades. We need to think more deeply, act more deliberately, and ensure people have a meaningful opportunity to receive the support they need to stay on the land and engaged in agriculture.
Agriculture in the US is going to need every single person we can find to embrace the act of feeding our people. We need the agriculturalists of tomorrow to be as diverse as our country. Most farmers and ranchers have absolutely no problem helping out their fellow farmers and ranchers, whether they live down the road or across the country. Most often, the fights against change come from folks who do not work the land. Those whose passion is food and agriculture know that BIPOC farmers and ranchers should be just as supported as others.
We need BIPOC farmers and ranchers fully involved in the acts of feeding us all. Without them we are weaker. We need to do everything we can to address injustices and unfairness in these systems and set things right.
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
Fayetteville, Arkansas– On behalf of the Native American Agriculture Fund, I am absolutely thrilled to offer my complete support of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh to serve as Deputy Secretary of USDA. Her nomination to serve as Deputy is truly historic – she will be the first African American woman to serve in that capacity. More importantly, Dr. Bronaugh is beyond well-equipped to serve.
Dr. Bronaugh is an accomplished leader on many levels. Serving as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Dean of the College of Agriculture at Virginia State University are significant roles within the agriculture sector and positions not often held by women or women of color. She led the Virginia Farm Service Office in the Obama-Biden administration which gives her a very strong knowledge of the financial issues and stress facing the nation’s farmers and ranchers. Her nomination excites me because we share a commitment to engaging our next generation of agriculture producers. She also understands the importance of access to food within vulnerable communities. Her leadership is inspiring, and I cannot wait to help her in any way I can.
To those who say that previous administrations have not gone far enough to address issues of racial inequity and systemic problems within USDA, or who think that the leaders selected by our President and Vice President-elect aren’t going to push hard enough for change, I say this: let’s get behind our new team – get them confirmed – and get involved in doing what it takes to help create the future we all want to see. We all have a lot of work to do. I am very excited to support Dr. Bronaugh. I know she and Secretary Vilsack will give it their all.
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.