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Office of Tribal Relations

Secretary Vilsack is committed to a Department of Agriculture (USDA) that serves Tribal governments and individual American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) serves as a single point of contact for Tribal issues and works to ensure that relevant programs and policies are efficient, easy to understand, accessible, and developed in consultation with the American Indians and Alaska Native constituents they impact.

OTR continues to refine the consultation process to ensure strong partnerships that will preserve Tribal sovereignty and is responsible for:

  • Government-to-government relations between USDA and tribal governments;
  • Advising Secretary Vilsack on Tribal issues and concerns;
  • Tribal Consultation;
  • Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA);
  • Issues impacting Tribal members; and
  • Working cooperatively and collaboratively across USDA to build a an integrated approach to issues, programs, and services addressing the needs of American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
  • The Council on Native American Farming and Ranching

Federal Government Initiatives

Housing Support Programs Across the Federal Government (PDF, 693KB)

Press Release: At White House Conference, USDA Commits New Funds for Tribal Community Development

Events

The White House is cohosting a series of Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) events across Indian Country this spring! Joining with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Native Americans, and Department of Housing & Urban Development, Native youth aged 14-24 are invited to join us at daylong events focusing on youth leadership, skill building, and employment opportunities.

Tribal Leader Letter (PDF, 52KB) | Registration Information (PDF, 154KB)

Events will be held throughout the country in the following locations:

March 24, 2016: Denver, Colorado
Generation Indigenous DenverThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.

April 9, 2016: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Generation Indigenous Green BayThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.

April 16, 2016: Phoenix, Arizona
Generation Indigenous PhoenixThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.

April 28, 2016: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Generation Indigenous AlbuquerqueThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.

May 14, 2016: Seattle, Washington
Generation Indigenous SeattleThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.

May 26, 2016: Anchorage, Alaska
Generation Indigenous AnchorageThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.


  

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