NAAF Trustee Sherry Salway Black (Oglala Lakota) is the 2019 John W. Gardner Leadership Award recipient. The award is presented by Independent Sector, a national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations and corporations to enhance the charitable sector. The award honors “an individual whose leadership in or with the nonprofit community has been transformative and who has mobilized and unified people, institutions, or causes that improve the quality of life on our planet.”
July 2019 | Washington, D.C.
Last week the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) staff accompanied fifteen Native FFA members representing five states and nine tribal nations to attend National FFA’s Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). WLC is a five-day conference that operates on a curriculum based on the principles of: “ME, WE, DO, SERVE” and inspires students to create a “Living to Serve” community service plan for their home communities. The overall goal of the conference is for students to become “an engaged citizen who can make a measurable positive difference in their community.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | August 1, 2019
Request for applications opens August 1st, closes September 30th
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF), a newly formed private charitable trust devoted to serving the interest of Native farmers and ranchers, announced its inaugural Request for Applications (RFA) today. Grant awards will be made on a competitive basis to 501(c)(3) organizations, educational organizations, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Native CDFIs, and state and federally recognized tribes for the provision of business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to existing and aspiring Native farmers and ranchers.
The Bismarck Tribune | July 2019
Press release | July 1, 2019
On Thursday, June 27th, 2019, in Bismarck, ND, the primary plaintiffs of the Keepseagle lawsuit were bestowed eagle feathers in honor and respect due to their modern day warrior activity in fighting for equal opportunity and rights in the famous and decades-long discrimination lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
News alert | May 29, 2019
A series of severe weather systems has devastated the Midwest and Great Plains with historic flooding and heavy tornado activity in recent days. The disaster has displaced families, destroyed homes, and greatly impacted Native farmers and ranchers in the region. Tribal nations are working to address the needs of their citizens and repair damages while remaining under the threat of continued severe weather.
Indian Gaming Magazine | May 2019
Press release | April 10, 2019
Institutional investment advisor and corporate lawyer Vince Logan has joined the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Logan, a member of the Osage Nation, is responsible for NAAF’s $266 million portfolio and charged with overseeing the finance department, implementing financial systems, and managing the investment program. As CFO/CIO, he is to ensure that NAAF operates at the highest levels of transparency, ethics and good governance.
Nonprofit Quarterly | April 5, 2019
News alert | March 25, 2019
The Great Plains have been devastated by flooding in recent weeks. All weather reports indicate that flooding in the region and beyond may continue, with impacts spreading elsewhere. The disaster has displaced many families and greatly impacted Native farmers and ranchers in the region. Tribal nations are working to address the needs of their citizens, restore water, power and other critical resources, and repair infrastructure damage. The effects of this flooding will linger, and tribes and Native people need all the help they can get. If you know of anyone affected, please direct them to the links below.