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A group of 13 female bison joined a 500-strong herd on the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes’ reservation in Western Oklahoma in early April, thanks to efforts by the city of Denver, Colo. to avoid auctioning off surplus animals.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Community Capital wants to help build capacity for Native farmers via a new training and resource sharing program.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Native American Agriculture Fund, a funder of Native agriculture and food programming, is now accepting applications for its third annual round of grants. 

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DILKON, Ariz. — As Cherilyn Yazzie grew disillusioned with her career in social work and public health, she channeled her efforts into starting a new company that could better feed her mind, and others. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. —  President Joe Biden today said he intends to nominate longtime Native agriculture advocate Janie Simms Hipp (Chickasaw) to serve as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Zach Ducheneaux, a longtime champion for Native farmers and agricultural producers via the Intertribal Agriculture Council, has been named administrator of the Farm Service Agency at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

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Native American Agriculture Fund has a theory that an Indigenous perspective will improve response rates and, by extension, existing data on food insecurity.

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Access to equipment is one of the most significant barriers for potential Native agricultural producers. 

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In a move experts say will benefit Native producers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has suspended past-due debt collection and foreclosures for distressed farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Native American Agriculture Fund has partnered with education advocacy group National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization to expand Indigenous access to select initiatives.