native agriculture advocacy

How You can Impact Native Ag

Are you a Native ag producer, advocate, or tribal leader? Here are some resources that can help you get involved and help uplift tribal voices in agriculture. Feel free to share these resources with anyone you believe would be interested.

Funding Opportunities

Are you looking for a way to start your agriculture career or help the next generation become invested in a career in agriculture? Come check out what other organizations have in funding opportunities outside of NAAF.

Educational Opportunities

Do you want to gain more experience in agriculture? Look here for additional educational and job opportunities outside of NAAF with a wide range from beginning to advance positions.

Public Points of Interests

Are you a Native ag producer or tribal leader? If so, you have crucial insight on the needs and experiences of tribal citizens. We need your input on how to better facilitate to your local Native communities in all sectors of modern ag.

Tribal Listening Sessions

The Department of the Interior is hosting a series of listening sessions for tribal leaders to give direction in various programs. Come join the discussion and advocate for various issues and ensure that Native people have a say in federal policies.

Tribal Consultations

Have you already established yourself in your career and are looking to share your experiences? We need Native voices to provide insight on the challenges faced in the agriculture sector to secure a path for future generations through informed policy change.

Funding Opportunities

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program - No due date, applications reviewed until funds run out

USDA Rural Development

Applications are reviewed on a consistent basis until all funds are used. Interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development state office.
This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
To more and apply click here.
Farmers Market Promotion Program

USDA Grants & Opportunities

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products by developing, coordinating, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, online sales or other direct producer-to-consumer (including direct producer-to-retail, direct producer-to-restaurant and direct producer-to-institutional marketing) market opportunities. A 25% match is required.

All applicants must be domestic entities owned, operated and located within the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands to be considered eligible. Entities that are eligible to apply include:

  • Agricultural businesses and cooperatives
  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks and associations
  • Food Councils
  • Economic development corporations
  • Local governments
  • Nonprofit and public benefit corporations
  • Producer networks or associations
  • Regional farmers’ market authorities
  • Tribal governments

Visit the USDA grant services for more information here.

Economic Impact Initiative Grants- open

USDA

Currently open

This program provides funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities with extreme unemployment and severe economic depression.

To learn more visit the USDA website here.

HIRING - Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC)

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC)

Hiring:

  • Invasive Species Control Aide
  • Fisheries Technician (9 month)
  • Fisheries Aide – Spring 2022
  • Creel Worker – 2022 Spring Fishing Season
  • Creel Worker – Wisconsin

For more information, visit the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission’s website at https://glifwc.org/

Educational Opportunities

Native Farm Bill Coalition Webinars - biweekly on Fridays

Native Farm Bill Coalition

Hosted Biweekly on Fridays from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Don’t miss out on the Native Farm Bill Coalition’s bi-weekly webinar series. Our eighth webinar in the series is about Title VII of the Farm Bill: Research. 

Sign up for the reminder here: https://bit.ly/NFBC128. The webinar will be livestreamed across our social media platforms; there is no Zoom link. Just log onto Facebook or Twitter, find our page, and join us!

Native Farm to School Webinar Series, Season 2 - no deadline

First Nations Development Institute

Oct. 14, 2021-Jan. 20, 2022

The Native Farm to School Webinar Series showcases best practices, shares available resources, and provides an open forum and Q&A sessions for discussing challenges. The series is designed to help individuals who have an existing model for a Native Farm to School initiative – or who are interested in starting one – connect with Native audiences.

Nest webinar: Tribal Food Sovereignty and Developing a Native Farm to School Program. Oct. 28, 2021. 12 pm MT. Register for this session here.

For updates, registration and more information on past webinars click this link

Public Points of Interest

Native Food For Life Online program to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes May 3 to June 7

Native Food For Life Online program to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes

May 3 to June 7, 2022 on Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:15 PM Central Time

Online via Zoom https://bit.ly/3BZhc0a 

Native Food for Life Online Starts Tuesday, May 3 at 6:00 PM Central Time

Over the course of six 75-minute online lessons featuring cooking demos, nutrition lessons, and online discussions, participants will learn about the significant connection between food and diabetes, gain new cooking skills, try new recipes, and build new habits. Participants will gain knowledge, skills, and support to make and sustain significant dietary changes. These changes can prevent and, in many cases, turn diabetes around. 

For more information, contact Program Facilitator Marc Anderson (Seminole) and Nutrition Content Expert Tammy Robertson at: NFFLOclasses@gmail.com

2022 Mid Year Convention | May 16-19, 2022
Affliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
Silver Reef Casino Resort | Ferndale Washington
May 16-19, 2022
Draft agenda for Mid Year Convention 2022 linked here.
If you have not registered now is the time!
For more information visit the Affliated Tribes of Northwest Indians website.
Or contact:
Michel Lenihan 
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians 
5416401781 
mlenihan@atnitribes.org 
Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival - May 20-22, 2022 Food Sovereignty Symposium &

Intertribal Ag Council

May 20-22

The Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival is less than a month away! The agenda combines sessions on a range of innovative topics with extensive hands-on workshops and demonstrations. Similar to the Intertribal Food Summits, the event will feature a menu of Native-produced foods prepared by Indigenous chefs onsite.

The full agenda will be posted soon, but please note the first day is at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the next two days are in Marquette, Michigan. Registration is limited and filling fast, so confirm your spot at food-sovereignty.com.

To learn more, visit the Intertribal Ag Council website at www.indianag.org

NAFSA's Food & Culinary program - no due date

Native American Food Soverignty Alliance

Opened Oct. 14, 2021

NAFSA is seeking community input to help direct and develop their Food and Culinary Program! 

NAFSA’s Food & Culinary program is cultivating a network of food preparers and is developing peer-to-peer learning opportunities that support the revitalization of these traditional foodways. As our staff continue to build off previous community listening sessions in order to develop this relatively new program, we are seeking feedback from community members who are engaged in food preparation at home or in a community setting. This questionnaire is a part of a larger assessment process that NAFSA is beginning which will inform the development of future programming and resources.

To participate, visit bit.ly/NAFSAfcqa. This questionnaire is estimated to take less than 10 minutes to complete. Survey responses are anonymous and individual responses will not be shared outside of the NAFSA program staff. The results of this survey will guide our Food and Culinary program planning for 2022 and will be shared with our community.

If you have any questions about the results, how this data will be used, or your participation in this survey, please contact Kristina Stanley at stanleyk@nativefoodalliance.org.

Tribal Listening Sessions

Tribal Consultations

DOI Tribal Consultation on Land Acquisition and Class II Tribal State Gaming Compact Process May 9, 13, 21

Department of Interior

Monday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. -1 :00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada).
Please register in advance.

Monday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada).
Please register in advance.

Friday, May 13 at 1 :00p.m. -4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada).
Please register in advance.

Monday, May 23 at 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada).
Please register in advance.

The Department of the Interior (Department) seeks Tribal input on draft revisions to 25 C.F.R. Part 151 (Land Acquisition) and 25 C.F.R. Part 293 (Class III Tribal State Gaming Compact Process). The Department has prepared these draft revisions to Part 151 and Part 293 for purposes of Tribal consultation only. The draft revisions do not constitute a formal notice of proposed rulemaking. Once Tribal consultation has concluded and the Department has considered all Tribal comments, the Department plans to release a formal notice of proposed rulemaking.

You may provide written comments to consultation@bia.gov by 11 :59pmET on Thursday, June 30, 2022. If you have questions regarding this effort, please contact Maria Wiseman, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and the Environment, at (202) 208-7227 or via email: maria.wiseman@bia.gov.

DOI Tribal Consultation on Part 83 - June 2, 6

Department of Interior

Thursday, June 2, 2022
3:00p.m. — 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Please register in advance

Monday, June 6, 2022
2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Please register in advance

The Department of the Interior (Department) is taking this opportunity to consult on whether it should reconsider its prior decision to ban re-petitioning under 25 CFR part 83 (Part 83) — the regulations establishing the process and criteria for how the Department administratively
acknowledges Indian Tribes.

Since 1994, the Part 83 regulations have included an express ban on re-petitioning. In a 2014 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the Department proposed giving previously denied petitioners an opportunity to re-petition, subject to several conditions. However, in a 2015 Final
Rule revising Part 83, the Department ultimately decided to retain the ban.

In 2020, in litigation initiated by two previously denied petitioners, two federal district courts in Chinook Indian Nation v. Bernhardt and Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians v. Bernhardt held that the Department’s stated reasons for retaining the ban, as articulated in the
2015 Final Rule, were arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act. Both courts remanded the ban to tie Department for further consideration. The Department now proposes continuing the previous ban on re-petitioning under Part 83 and seeks Tribal leader
input on this matter.

The Department will conduct two virtual consultation sessions listed below and will accept oral and written comments. The Department will also host a listening session for present, former, and prospective petitioners. Please register in advance for any consultation session you plan on attending.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note that these Tribal consultations will be closed to the press and the public to protect confidential information that may be, discussed during the sessions.