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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Native American Agriculture Fund named veteran Native agriculture advocate Toni Stanger-McLaughlin as its new top executive following the departure of founding CEO Janie Simms Hipp for a role in the Biden administration. 

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The Native American Agriculture Fund has awarded $1 million in grants to 20 organizations supporting Native youth. 

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Federal debt relief for minority farmers — including Native producers — has been brought to a halt by a temporary restraining order issued by a federal court in Wisconsin.

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On May 27, the day that Chickasaw Nation citizen Janie Simms Hipp had a speedy confirmation hearing in front of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee as her nomination to become General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture proceeded, the agency’s new Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux was looking forward to equitable days to come.

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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.