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Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

"Guiding the Way for Native Agriculture"

Council for Native American Farming and Ranching, in Washington DC, August 13-15, 2012. The United States Department of Agriculture's Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (CNAFR) was created to advise the Secretary on ways to eliminate barriers to participation for Native American Farmers and Ranchers in USDA programs. The Council was established as part of the Keepseagle settlementThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. and is pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2.

The Council will be conducted under the oversight of USDA's Office of Tribal Relations, which is part of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture. The Director of Tribal Relations serves as Designated Federal Official (DFO) for the Council. Responsibilities and conduct of the Council are defined in CNAFR's Charter (PDF, 107KB) and Council By-Laws (PDF, 142KB).

The CNAFR is composed of representatives with specific knowledge of Native American farming and ranching. All 565 Federally recognized Tribes (number at the time of the request) were notified of requests for nomination as published in the Federal Register, as were all known intertribal organizations, non-profits, and community based organizations.

By terms of the agreement, the Council consists of fifteen (15) members (PDF, 221KB) appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Appointments include eleven (11) representatives of Native American farmers and ranchers. These individuals have demonstrated ability and a diverse range of experience in different types of agriculture. In addition to the eleven (11), four (4) USDA representatives were appointed from the following groups: The Farm Service Agency Administrator, or his or her delegate; the Senior Advisor to the Secretary on Tribal Relations, or his or her delegate; the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, or his or her delegate, and the Deputy Administrator for Farm Loan Programs or his or her delegate.

The role of the CNAFR is to:

  • advise the Secretary of Agriculture on issues related to the participation of Native American farmers and ranchers in USDA programs including farm loan programs;
  • transmit recommendations concerning any changes to USDA regulations or internal guidance or other measures that would eliminate barriers to program participation for Native American farmers and ranchers;
  • examine methods of maximizing the number of new farming and ranching opportunities created through USDA programs through enhanced extension and financial literacy services;
  • examine methods of encouraging intergovernmental cooperation to mitigate the effects of land tenure and probate issues on the delivery of USDA programs;
  • evaluate other methods of creating new farming or ranching opportunities for Native American producers; and
  • address other related issues as deemed appropriate.
Now Accepting Applications and Nominations

USDA has re-established the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (CNAFR) and is seeking nominations for individuals to be considered Council members. Candidates who wish to be considered for membership on the CNAFR should submit a single packet containing an AD-755 application form (PDF, 88KB), resume, and cover letter. Closing date for applications is May 15, 2014.

View the federal register notice: Re-Establishment of the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

Meetings

The next meeting of the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (CNAFR) (PDF, 173KB) will be held on May 2nd, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. The meeting will be held using teleconference capabilities. The meeting will be open to the public with a public comment period being held from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST. To join the teleconference meeting please call 800-230-1059.

Council Meeting on December 12-13, 2013

The last meeting of the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (CNAFR) (PDF, 173KB) was held on December 12th, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and December 13th, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The meetings were held in the Laughlin II room at the Flamingo Hotel, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109. The meetings were open to the public with a public comment period being held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on December 11th.

Council Meeting Minutes on September 9, 2013

Council Meeting Minutes on September 10, 2013

The third meeting of the CNAFR (PDF, 80KB) was held on May 3, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. The meeting was conducted using teleconference and webinar capabilities. The meeting was open to the public with a public comment period being held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

Council Meeting Minutes on May 3, 2013


The second meeting of the CNAFR (PDF, 97KB) was held in Las Vegas, NV at the Flamingo Hotel. The meeting was open to the public on December 13 with a public comment period being held on December 12 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Council Meeting Minutes on December 13, 2012


The first meeting of the CNAFR (PDF, 46KB) was held in Washington, DC at the National Museum of the American Indian. The meeting was open to the public on August 14 and 15, 2012, with a period for public comment on August 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Council Meeting Minutes on August 14, 2012


Council Meeting Minutes on August 15, 2012