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Sherry Salway Black Receives 2019 Gardner Award

Spotlight #2

August 2019

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.”

Native FFA Members Experience Washington Leadership Conference

Spotlight #1

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.”

Native American Agriculture Fund announces first Request for Applications


Karli Moore

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.

Trust honors KeepsEagle plaintiffs

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).

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