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Application deadline extended until June 1!

We will accept applications until all slots are filled. Apply soon!

 

We are excited to announce our 4th annual Leadership Summit for Native Youth in Food and Agriculture at the University of Arkansas School of Law. The Summit will held July 16 – 25, and application deadlines are listed below.

CLICK HERE to download an application for the

Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit.

 

COUNTDOWN UNTIL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE!

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We encourage you to apply if you are:

  • be American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian;
  • be between the ages of 15 and 18;
  • be passionate about food and agricultural production, and
  • have the courage to lead their Tribes and communities into the future,

then we want to see you at the 2017 Summit!

 

Location

University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Hosts

Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas School of Law

Intertribal Agriculture Council

Supporters

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture

Farm Credit

Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA

Southern Region Extension Risk Management Education Program

Cost to Attend

All food, lodging, instructional materials and field trip costs are provided. Depending on the number of students, some travel scholarships will also be provided.

If you have questions, contact Emerald Hames on the IFAI staff at ehames@uark.edu, or call her at 479-575-5128.

 

Check out our TAGBOARD of the 2016 summit!

 

Native students dive into food and ag business at 2016 leadership summit

Nearly 100 Native American, Alaska native and Native Hawaiian students representing 51 tribes converged on the University of Arkansas School of Law for a unique 10-day leadership summit to learn how food and agriculture policy impacts their tribal communities. The summit, sponsored and organized by the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, is an annual event in its third year.

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Ross Racine, executive director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council

During the summit, students engaged with a wide variety of guest speakers who presented topics including the history of American Indian Agriculture, business planning, ethnobotany and seed preservation, legal issues in Indian Country, and the importance of traditional foods.

Speakers included IFAI Director Janie Simms Hipp (Chickasaw), Intertribal Agriculture Council Executive Director Ross Racine (Blackfeet), Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture Professor H.L. Goodwin, School of Law Dean Stacy Leeds (Cherokee), Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee) from EchoHawk Consulting, Justin Wilson (Choctaw) from the US Dept. of the Interior, Mark Tilsen (Lakota Sioux) from Native American Natural Foods, and Toni Stanger-McLaughlin (Colville) a consulting attorney with the IFAI.

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Janie Simms Hipp talks to the students agricultural law.

The students were also treated to a presentation by Native American celebrity chef Sean Sherman (Lakota Sioux), also known as The Sioux Chef, who has become a leading advocate of preserving traditional foods and restoration of an indigenous diet. The final speaker of the summit was Arthur “Butch” Blazer (Mescalero Apache), former USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment, who spoke about the importance of tribal leadership.

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Students toured the Downstream Casino Greenhouses.

Students also left the classroom to visit several agriculture operations and food businesses including the Cattle Company and Downstream Casino greenhouses of the Quapaw Nation, a Walmart Distribution Center, the U of A animal and food science labs, and the Fayetteville Farmers Market. The summit field trips were capped with a full day excursion to Daggs Farm in Stratford, Okla., where students helped install irrigation systems and learned about small small-scale chicken operations, cultivating ancestral plants, and the importance of good nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

 

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The 2016 summit Student Leaders

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Camp Director Odessa Oldham fires up her team before a touch football game.

 

Robert Baldy and IAC Pacific Region TA Specialist Kier Johnson run an automated drip irrigation line at Daggs Farm.

Robert Baldy and IAC Pacific Region TA Specialist Kier Johnson run an automated drip irrigation line at Daggs Farm.

Chef Sean Sherman and the youth and student leaders of the 2016 Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit.

Chef Sean Sherman and the youth and student leaders of the 2016 Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit.

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