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Office of Tribal Relations

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


Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP)


Latest Blogs

  • Jun 25, 2014 Supporting Regional Economic Development Strategies in Oklahoma’s Tribal Communities
  • Rural Oklahoma is home to many important tribal communities.  Among these, the Choctaw Nation spans over ten counties in southeastern Oklahoma, while the Cherokee Nation runs along the state’s northeast border, and Muscogee (Creek) Nation lies farther west. These communities play a critical role in developing businesses, affordable housing, and infrastructure like water, roads, and [...]

  • Jun 23, 2014 South Dakota Partnership Helps Native American Families Own Their Future through Homeownership
  • With their family of eight, Myron Doud and Stephanie Richards were in tight quarters when they were living with Myron’s parents in a four-bedroom house.  Like them, Joe and Danielle Donnell and their young one had resided with Danielle’s family. “Our daughter was very excited about her new bedroom, and she wasn’t even scared to [...]

  • Jun 20, 2014 Homeownership Becomes Reality at Zuni Pueblo
  • By mid-morning the wind was howling and blowing the auburn colored sand across Zuni Pueblo located in western New Mexico. But this was the last thing on the minds of Kay Panteah, Reyanna Nastarcio and Martha Sheche tribal members of Zuni Pueblo. This is the day they celebrate the completion of construction of their new [...]

  • May 15, 2014 USDA Nevada Agencies Join Forces to Provide Farm Bill Information
  • Not long after the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted, staff members from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) hit the road, visiting with farmers and ranchers across Nevada to share information on changes to conservation programs and to highlight other opportunities through USDA. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and a number of other partners joined [...]


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