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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 Youth Programming Gears Up for the Great Plains

April 9, 2018

 

 

Since before 2010, the IAC has made available the opportunity for youth to engage in their programs. This opportunity grew into a youth driven movement that requested a more in depth opportunity to learn about leadership in Indian Agriculture. The answer to this request being the Native Youth in Food & Agriculture Leadership Summit, held at the University of Arkansas School of Law for the first time in 2014. The efforts of the Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) and the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) developed this 9-day intense learning opportunity. The first year, the national Summit hosted 45 youth. In 2017, the fourth year, more than 150 youth participated, with 18 representing the Great Plains. Having identified a need for such opportunities, the IAC, with the support of IFAI, has brought shortened, more specifically focused events to serve youth at the regional level. Since 2016, we’ve hosted 10 regional youth leadership events, as well as seated a national representation of 12 youth leaders on the Native Youth Food Sovereignty Alliance Board of Directors; this youth led, self governing entity is guiding the expansion of IAC Youth Programing.

Now, a dynamic partnership between IAC, Sinte Gleska University, REDCO and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will bring the Great Plains Native Youth Food Sovereignty Summit to the youth of South Dakota, Nebraska, and North Dakota. This event will be hosted on the Rosebud Sioux Nation, May 30-June 1, 2018, and is open to high school and college aged youth. This partnership is committed to alleviating travel expenses and will provide admittance to this event for up to 25 youth at no cost. This is a competitive application process, and the application process can be found here: www.indianaglink.com/youthevents.

The Intertribal Agriculture Council is incredibly gracious for the opportunity to host this event in partnership with Sinte Gleska University, REDCO, and NRCS; we are hopeful that we can inspire a broad commitment of sponsorship and support from others across the region. Our youth need to know we believe in their ability to lead Indian Country; we must work together to ensure a successful event which can help to propel the next generation of leadership into a future of success.

Should you be interested in joining us in our efforts as a sponsor, click here. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact:
Kelsey Ducheneaux | Youth Programs Coordinator
605-850-4079 | kelsey@indianaglink.com

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