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Hoeven: Subsistence Important For Native Communities, Economies and Cultures

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Contact: Hanna Beyer

Hanna_Beyer@Indian.Senate.Gov

 

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today delivered the following remarks at a committee oversight hearing titled, “Keep What You Catch: Promoting Traditional Subsistence Activities in Native Communities.”

“Subsistence involves the harvest of local resources for local consumption,” said Hoeven. “Many Indian tribes across the country have practiced and maintained a subsistence lifestyle for thousands of years.… As the original stewards, tribes have demonstrated conservation practices for their natural resources. It is important that the federal government enact subsistence policies that promote the interests of their communities.”

The hearing featured testimony from Dr. Jennifer Hardin, subsistence policy coordinator for the Office of Subsistence Management at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Roy Brown, chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council; Mary Sattler Peltola, executive director of the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission; and A-dae Romero-Briones, director of programs for Native Agriculture and Food Systems at the First Nations Development Institute.

For witness testimony and hearing video click here.

Senator Hoeven’s full remarks:

“Today we will examine subsistence hunting and fishing in tribal communities and evaluate how Congress, the Administration, tribes, and tribal organizations can work together to alleviate regulatory limitations on this traditional way of life. 

“Subsistence involves the harvest of local resources for local consumption. Many Indian tribes across the country have practiced and maintained a subsistence lifestyle for thousands of years. 

“This way of life has provided fundamental benefits, from supplying critical food sources to preserving culture.

“Subsistence is prevalent among Indian communities across the country.

“In the Pacific Northwest, American Indians and Alaska Natives harvest, process, distribute and consume millions of pounds of wild animals, fish and plants. These practices are critical for the cultural longevity and economic vitality of these tribal communities.

“In the Midwest, tribes engage in traditional hunting and fishing.

“All over the nation, Native communities show tremendous care for the land and environment. However, government policy can often limit their ability to live out this subsistence lifestyle.

“As the original stewards, tribes have demonstrated conservation practices for their natural resources. It is important that the federal government enact subsistence policies that promote the interests of their communities.

“Both overregulation and lack of oversight can affect the availability of, and access to, tribal resources. Federal involvement in natural resource management, through laws such as the Endangered Species Act, must be balanced. The government should not dictate what Native communities can or cannot do on their own lands or disrupt the exercise of their hunting and fishing treaty rights.

“It has been several Congresses since this committee has held a hearing examining this important topic. I want to thank our witnesses for being with us this morning.

“Subsistence policies that support tribal interests are vital to the health and cultural survival of tribal communities, and I look forward to hearing our witnesses’ recommendations on how this committee and this Congress can help support subsistence and traditional ways of life in Indian Country.”

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Moore in Agricultural Economics Wins National Impromptu Public Speaking Contest

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Karli Moore, a master’s degree student in agricultural economics in the U of A’s Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, won the national Impromptu Public Speaking contest at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences annual meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Moore, a Native American member of the Lumbee Tribe from Red Springs, North Carolina, is in her first year at the U of A and topped seven other finalists for the MANRRS title.

Karli Moore, center with award, and the U of A contingent at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences annual meeting, including Bumpers College dean Deacue Fields III (left), and agricultural economics and agribusiness associate professor and graduate program coordinator Daniel Rainey (second from left).

Contestants drew a topic out of a hat, and had 20 minutes to use the internet or any other source to prepare a two- to four-minute speech. Each speech was followed by a three-minute Q&A with the judges. Topics could be anything related to agriculture.

Moore drew “Several medicinal based plants have been documented to improve human health. Choose one and explain the current understood benefits and general response to plants as medicine.”

“I freaked out when I got medicinal plants,” said Moore. “I thought ‘what am I going to say?'” My previous topic (in regionals) was GMO labeling. We talk about that all the time in class so I was a little more comfortable. One thing that helped was I knew how I wanted to structure my comments. Before I drew a topic, I drew up an outline. Having the outline helped me during the research time because I could just find information to fill the categories.”

Moore’s winning presentation was on the recent influenza epidemic, and she introduced elderberry as a possible medicinal plant.

“Indigenous peoples across the U.S. and around the world have always relied on medicinal plants,” said Moore. “We should pay more attention to that and invest in that.”

Moore qualified for finals by winning the regional competition in Oklahoma City, which included participants from Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The U of A Chapter of MANRRS was one of the groups competing, and Moore topped eight others in the impromptu category to earn a spot at the national meeting.

“The MANRRS conference was an excellent opportunity,” said Moore. “There was time for networking with professionals in industry, academia and the community. I’m planning to pursue a Ph.D. (in agricultural economics) so it was wonderful have deans and all the major players in the industry there to talk to.”

MANRRS promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences.

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

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JAFSCD and JAIE call for papers: Indigenous Food Sovereignty in North America

 

 

 

The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development and the Journal of American Indian Education jointly seek manuscripts and commentaries on practice-relevant and pedagogical research related to Indigenous food sovereignty issues, especially tribal and government policy, grassroots community organizing, culturally defined foods and practices, and the transfer of Indigenous knowledge.

This special issue draws attention to the roles and responsibilities of knowledge producers, knowledge keepers, and food systems actors in managing and enhancing access to culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods in Indigenous communities in North America. By North Amer­ica, we mean all the regions and subregions, both geographic and cultural, in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the U.S.

We seek empirical, theoretical, or pedagogical contributions from academics and practitioners that inform policy and practice. We encourage manuscripts documenting interagency and/or nation-to-nation collaboration, as well as collaboration among public, nonprofit, private enterprises, and scholar/practitioner co-partners. We will also accept comparative work that includes other regions of the Global North and Global South if the comparison features a North American Indigenous community. Manuscripts closely examining processes as well as those that interrogate a failed or struggling policy, program, or project can also be very instructive. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Inclusion (or exclusion) of Indigenous groups in local/regional government food systems planning, policy, and governance processes.
  • Inclusion of Indigenous language revitalization for food system initiatives.
  • Preparation, adoption, and/or implementation of formal plans to strengthen Indigenous food systems through Indigenous value systems.
  • Focus on the role of food and traditional foods (including wild) in Indigenous sovereignty/self-determination.
  • Creation, modification, and/or implementation of agriculture, health, land-use, zoning, or public safety ordinances or bylaws to increase opportunities for or remove barriers to local/regional food production and/or food access in Indigenous communities.
  • Creation of governmental (tribal, state, and federal) incentives for Indigenous food system expansion and/or long-term resilience.
  • Support of or for the development community food initiatives (e.g., a shared-use kitchen, farm incubator, or farm-to-school program) in, with, and for Indigenous communities.
  • Plans or case studies for continued, multigenerational participation in cultural/traditional harvesting strategies at the individual, family, community, and regional levels.
  • The building of leadership or capacity among and with Indigenous food systems stakeholders.
  • Plans or case studies for the reclamation of first foods, traditional diets, and Indigenous modes of food production.
  • Identification of the impacts of climate change on first foods, Indigenous crops, gathering/hunting sites, and the retention of traditional knowledge.
  • Expanded definitions of food systems education and pedagogies that include or elevate Indigenous knowledge and value systems, and include transfer of knowledge as well as larger questions of pedagogy.
  • Retention of traditional values in a nontraditional but Indigenous-controlled food system. 

We especially encourage emerging scholars to submit manuscripts and practitioners to submit commentaries. Additional support is available for free through JAFSCD’s Author Mentoring Program. Authors whose native language is not English should consider assistance from JAFSCD’s Consulting Editor Program. Indicate your interest via the JAFSCD query form.

This announcement can be downloaded as a PDF for posting and sharing!

In addition, JAFSCD welcomes articles at any time on any subject related to the development aspects of agriculture and food systems. See the JAFSCD website at www.FoodSystemsJournal.org.

Editorial Team

Dr. Annie Lorrie Anderson-Lazo, cultural anthropologist, Rural Coalition

Dr. Bryan Brayboy, Director, Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University and Editor in Chief, JAIE

Dr. Janie Hipp, Director, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law

Dr. Elizabeth Hoover, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Brown University

Dr. John Phillips, American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and First Americans Land-Grant Consortium (FALCON)

Dr. Christopher Wharton, Director, Food Systems Transformation Initiative at Arizona State University

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University of Arkansas School of Law announces Tribal Governments course

University of Arkansas School of Law announces Tribal Governments course

The University of Arkansas School of Law will offer a “Tribal Governments & Business Entities” special topics course taught by dean Stacy Leeds (Cherokee) during the Winter Intersession. The registration deadline is January 2, 2018.

The course will survey the exercise of modern governmental authority in the United States including jurisdictional conflict and cooperation with state, local and federal governments. In addition to discussing legal and regulatory frameworks, the course will highlight business and economic growth opportunities and challenges.

 

Tribal Governments & Business Entities

1 credit hour
CLE credit available
Registration deadline: Jan. 2
Winter Intersession
Mon-Fri, Jan. 8-12, 2018

 

For more information or to register, contact Dean Leeds at sleeds@uark.edu.

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Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative to Host Emerson Fellows

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative to Host Emerson Fellows

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas School of Law’s Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative is hosting two Emerson National Hunger Fellows from the Congressional Hunger Center in Washington, D.C.

The center selected the initiative as a host site due to its focus on tribal policy reform, including regional food policy discussions at tribal communities across the United States and development of a model food code for use by tribal governments. This will be the first time the center has placed fellows in Arkansas.

The Congressional Hunger Center works to make issues of hunger a priority to policymakers in the United States government and to raise a new generation of leaders to address issues of hunger and poverty. Its mission is to train and inspire leaders who work to end hunger and to bridge the gap between grassroots efforts and national and international public policy to provide access to nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food.

“We are honored and delighted to host the visiting Hunger Fellows from this nationally prestigious program,” said Janie Hipp, director of the initiative. “Hunger is persistent within tribal communities throughout the United States with over 25 percent of all Native peoples relying daily upon federal feeding programs to address the health impacts of hunger and food insecurity.”

In some communities, the prevalence of food insecurity can rise to well over 50 percent. The initiative seeks to turn the corner on this humanitarian crisis through strong tribal and federal policies, integrated self-determination and self-governance and a deeper understanding of the connections between policies, resources, actions and outcomes.

“The Fellows we are working with will help us and others to better understand this landscape,” Hipp said.

The 2018 visiting fellows are Sarah Goldman from West Hartford, Connecticut, and Corey Malone-Smolla from Richmond, Virginia.

Goldman is founder of the Heart of the Heartland Program, a five-week summer program for undergraduate students that combines hands-on practical training with a policy, biology and business management curriculum. While at the initiative, she will convene roundtable discussions that will foster important intertribal discussion and collaboration so that tribes may come together to address national food policy while meeting their community needs around food, agriculture and nutrition.

“I’m drawn to the organization’s mission and relentless work toward allowing tribal governments to be the active agents in food systems change in Indian Country,” Goldman said. “I hope that — through my time at IFAI — I am able to become a reliable facilitator, advocate and source of information as I conduct policy roundtable discussions.”

Malone-Smolla developed her passion for food access as Yale University’s director of food recovery, where she coordinated the daily collection of leftover food from Yale’s dining halls to be delivered to soup kitchens in the New Haven area. Her fellowship will support the Model Comprehensive Food and Agriculture Code Project, which will create a model legal code for food and agriculture, hunger, nutrition, health and economic development. This model, along with an implementation process, will be shared with all tribes within the U.S. to aid development of localized economic strategies and food policy interventions.

“I hope to learn from everyone at the initiative the best ways to collaborate with individuals and communities across movements and justice initiatives.” Malone-Smolla said. “I see my work as aligning with the initiative’s goal of increasing involvement in disciplines relating to food and agriculture. I know that this opportunity will affirm and direct my desire to work for food justice for all.”

Learn more about the fellowship and the Congressional Hunger Center at www.hungercenter.org.

 

About the Congressional Hunger Center: Established in 1993, the center’s mission is to train and inspire leaders who work to end hunger and advocate public policies that create a food secure world. The staff and fellows are committed to fulfilling the goal of the former House Select Committee on Hunger, “to find real solutions to hunger and poverty.” It administers the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program and the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program.

About the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative: The initiative enhances health and wellness in tribal communities by advancing healthy food systems, diversified economic development and cultural food traditions in Indian Country. The initiative empowers tribal governments, farmers, ranchers and food businesses by providing strategic planning and technical assistance; by creating new academic and professional education programs in food systems and agriculture; and by increasing student enrollment in land grant universities in food and agricultural related disciplines.

About University of Arkansas School of Law: The University of Arkansas School of Law prepares students for success through a challenging curriculum taught by nationally recognized faculty, unique service opportunities and a close-knit community that puts students first. With alumni in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, two territories and 20 countries, it has been ranked among the top 10 “Values in Legal Education” by the National Jurist magazine for four consecutive years and is among the top 42 public law schools, according to U.S. News and World Report.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

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IAC Youth Ambassadors attend Cattlemen’s Association forum

IAC Youth Ambassadors attend Cattlemen’s Association forum

By Zachary Ilbery, IAC Intern

Recently six Intertribal Agriculture Council Youth Ambassadors had the opportunity to travel to Billings, Montana, to attend the National US Cattlemen’s Association Producer Forum where they were a part of panel discussions about risk management and trade under the new presidential administration.

They also learned about sustainable antibiotic use in livestock, conservation practices and what retailers like to see. The youth had the opportunity to meet and and talk with individuals within the agriculture industry such as Kevin Hueser, the Senior Vice President – Beef Margin Management for Tyson Foods.

The youth participants also learned about new policy taking place at the Capitol and heard from US Senate and House of Representative members about legislation affecting the cattle industry.

 

Pictured from left: US Cattlemen’s Association President Kenny Graner, Ellise David, Sophia Keesie, Sequoyah Osbourne, Nicholas Naranjo, Zachary Ilbery, Senior Policy Advisor for the US Cattlemen’s Association Jess Peterson.

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