Members of the U.S. Department of Agricultureâs (USDA) Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (CNAFR) pose on the stairwell at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. 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 settlement, and is conducted under the oversight of USDA's Office of Tribal Relations under the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture. (L to R Director Tribal Relations and Designated Federal Official (DFO) for the Council Joanna Mounce Stancil, Civil Rights Attorney and former Agricultural Commissioner for North Dakota in Bismarck, ND., Sarah Vogel, Farmer/Rancher of the Choctaw Nation in Soper, OK., Henry âPorterâ Holder, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Tribal Relations Janie Simms Hipp, Chickasaw Nation, State Legislator and Farmer/Rancher of the Muscogee Nation in Warner, OK., Jerry McPeak, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Deputy Administrator for Farm Loan Programs Chris Beyerhelm, Rancher of the Navaho Nation in Shiprock, NM., Gilbert Harrison, Natural Resources Director of the Blackfeet Nation in Cut Bank, MT., Gerald Lunak, Farmer/Rancher of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians in Banning, CA., Edward Soza, Natural Resources and Conservation official Native Village of Tyonek in Tyonek, AK., Angela Sandstol, USDA FSA Administrator Juan Garcia, Rancher/Farmer of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, NC., Mary Thompson, and Natural Resources/Range Manager of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in Blackfoot, ID., Mark Wadsworth. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
May 9, 2014