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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.
Farm BillJuly 15, 2017
The U.S. House and Senate have now both named conferees for the 2018 Farm Bill conference committee. As you know, there are several provisions included in both versions of the bill that would be of historic importance to tribal governments and communities, Native producers, and all of Indian Country.
In the next few weeks, it is critically important that federal lawmakers – and especially the conferees for the 2018 Farm Bill – hear from you. We have united like never before to advocate for the interests of Indian Country, and we need your urgent help to ensure key provisions are retained in the final Farm Bill compromise package.
Please take a moment to send a letter to the members of the Farm Bill conference committee next week, urging their support for the various provisions supported by Indian Country and the Native Farm Bill Coalition!
- To view a sample customizable letter, click here. Of course, you may modify the substance of your letter to include issues of particular importance to your tribe.
- To view a list of Indian Country’s top priorities, click here. For a full side-by-side comparison of the House and Senate Farm Bill proposals, click here.
- For a full list of the conferees and their legislative directors, click here.
Time is of the essence. Thank you for your ongoing partnership and engagement as a member of the Native Farm Bill Coalition. Together, we’ve made major strides forward on behalf of Indian Country – but we aren’t done yet. Please don’t wait to make your voice heard: Send a letter as soon as possible to the Farm Bill conferees, especially if one of your home state members is on the conference committee.
About The Farm Bill
The Farm Bill is one of the single largest pieces of domestic legislation in the United States. Enacted by Congress approximately every five years, it addresses everything from nutrition programs, agricultural policies, and food production to natural resource conservation, rural development, and insurance programs.
Why is the Native Farm Bill Coalition needed? Indian Country has been largely relegated to the margins of Farm Bill discussions for decades – which means that Native Americans and tribes are missing out on major opportunities to protect and advance their interests. The Native Farm Bill Coalition is a new effort to give Native Americans a strong, united voice to advance a common Farm Bill agenda benefiting Indian Country.
It is a joint project of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Seeds of Native Health campaign to improve Native dietary health and food access; the Intertribal Agriculture Council; the National Congress of American Indians; and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative. The Coalition is co-chaired by Keith B. Anderson, Vice-Chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and Ross Racine, Executive Director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council. Fact Sheet
“Much like the 2014 Farm Bill, which was projected to spend $956 billion over a 10-year period, the 2018 Farm Bill will be one of the largest non-defense funding authorizations to be considered in the history of this country. Since the Intertribal Agriculture Council’s inception, we have struggled to rally the support of tribes to effectively advocate for greater Native inclusion in previous Farm Bills. This document will serve as a new foundation for our ongoing efforts, working in partnership with the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, the SMSC’s Seeds of Native Health campaign, the National Congress of American Indians, and the Intertribal Timber Council to ensure well-crafted, effective, and thoughtful agriculture and nutrition policy; and a soapbox from which tribal voices can be heard in creating of that policy.”
ROSS RACINE Executive Director
Intertribal Agriculture Council
The following are shorter “white papers” on each title in the pending Farm Bill.