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To provide a unified effort to promote change in Indian Agriculture for the benefit of Indian People.

The Intertribal Agriculture Council conducts a wide range of programs designed to further the goal of improving Indian Agriculture. The IAC promotes the Indian use of Indian resources and contracts with federal agencies to maximize resources for tribal members.

IAC’s 2017 IAC Youth Essay Contest – submissions closed for 2017.

August 15, 2017

The next generation of Indian Agriculture will be at the forefront of meeting America’s demand for food security. Our young leaders have been filling crucial roles at home, producing the food that feeds our communities. Now, Indian Country relies on our youth to carry our message farther than ever before. Insuring a Native voice is heard in the 2018 Farm Bill is a critical concern for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, and we need your help in doing so.


“What does my community need in the Farm Bill?”

2017 IAC Youth Essay Contest

The 2017 Essay Contest & Conference is open to Native American Youth enrolled in a Federally Recognized Tribe or descendants living on Indian owned land and entering grades 9-12 during the 2017-2018 school-year.  ​

An Assessment of Risks and Opportunities for Native Communities in the Farm Bill and other supporting information can be found on the website:


1,000-1,500 words submitted via online application available at Essays will be judged on organization of information, spelling and punctuation, quality of grammar and quality of entry. Three finalists will be chosen and honored during the IAC Annual Meeting and Youth Alliance Conference.

All essays will be reviewed using the following point system:

Finalists and other participants will be notified and travel arrangements made by November 1, 2017.

IAC will provide an all-expense paid trip to 50 youth essay contest applicants, as well as an adult chaperone, per chosen applicant. Acceptance of these all-expense paid travel scholarships will insure your commitment to participate in all IAC/Youth Annual Meeting programs held December 11-14, 2017 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Youth and chaperone will be expected to arrive in Las Vegas on Sunday, December 10, 2017 and depart Friday, December 15, 2017.

For More Information, contact:
Kelsey Ducheneaux, Youth Programs Coordinator
Call 605-964-8320 or Email

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