Associate Program Officer, Youth/BFR Liaison
Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF)
Cindy Farlee, a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, serves as NAAF’s Associate Program Officer and Youth/Beginning Farmer and Rancher Liaison.
Ms. Farlee was born and raised on a cattle ranch on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in north central South Dakota. She is a first-generation college graduate who, in May 2018, obtained her bachelor’s degree in Indigenous and American Indian studies with an emphasis in sovereignty from Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) in Lawrence, Kansas.
During her time at HINU, she researched and presented on topics that highlighted her passions, including cultural knowledge and healing through language revitalization and food sovereignty, the impact of federal Indian law and policy, and tribal government structure and relationships. She is also one of the founding members of the Indigenous Justice Initiative, an academic demonstration working to create a framework for an Indigenous justice system that is more reflective of cultural values and acknowledges the reciprocal relationships we have with the natural world.
Ms. Farlee served on the inaugural board of directors for the Native Youth Food Sovereignty Alliance, the youth advisory board of the Intertribal Agriculture Council. She has interned with the Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative, where she assisted in the development of an Indian Agriculture-driven curriculum and coordination of a national youth leadership event. She has also worked with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation as a research intern.
She seeks to further educate herself and others on the importance and connectivity of Indian Agriculture, and is looking forward to the new experiences that will come through working with NAAF.