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Law and Policy Internship

Date: May 27, 2020

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) – a private charitable trust providing support for business assistance, agricultural education, technical support and advocacy services to Native farmers and ranchers – seeks a law and policy intern (starting as early as June 8th). The position includes:

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.

2020 INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES FELLOWSHIP

Accepting Solutions

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

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A SOLUTION
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.

Learn more.

Native CDFI Network (NCN) COVID-19 Letter

Press release | March 18, 2020The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
United States Senate
U.S. Capitol Building, Room: S-230
Washington, DC 20510The Honorable Charles Schumer
Minority Leader
United States Senate
Hart Senate Office Building, Room: 419
Washington, DC 20515The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker
United States House of Representatives
U.S. Capitol Building, Room: H-232
Washington, DC 20515The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Capitol Building, Room: H-204
Washington, DC 20515Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy:

On behalf of the Native CDFI Network (NCN), we write to urge you to consider and include emergency funds for community development financial institutions (CDFIs) in legislation promoting economic stimulus in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. CDFIs play a crucial role in providing access to capital for working-class individuals and small businesses across the US.

COVID-19 Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | March 13, 2020

The Native American Agriculture Fund finds it important to communicate with our stakeholders in the midst of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. First and foremost, we hold the wellbeing of our communities as the highest priority and urge all to take public health precautions.

Trump signs Ag Appropriations Bill with appropriation for funding to support American Indian students

Press release | December 26, 2019

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Dec. 26, 2019 – President Donald Trump signed the 2020 Agriculture
Appropriations Bill, Friday, with a historic provision that will provide full funding to support
American Indian students seeking the benefits of higher education. The bill passed both the
House and the Senate prior to Trump signing.

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