The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) American Indian/Alaska Native Employee Association (AIANEA) American Indian Drum Group singer/drummers (clockwise from upper left) Tribal Elder Norman Lopez (Ute Mountain Ute Tribe); Wellsboro, Colorado District Conservationist, AIANEA member Ciro Lopinto (Hopi); National Design Engineer and AIANEA 1st Vice President Steve Durgin ; Conservation Engineering Director Noller Herbert (Navajo), Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) Tribal Relations Manager John Lowery (Lummi); and Trinidad, Colorado District Conservationist and AIANEA Drum Keeper Levi Montoya practice before the 2013 American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Observance at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the American Indian/Alaska Native Program is to provide focus on issues such as employment, promotion, training, and career enhancement affecting American Indian/Alaska Native Employees and applicants in NRCS. AIANEAâs American Indian Drum Group promotes traditional ways of teaching through songs, stories, and community. The American Indian/Alaska Native Employee Association for Natural Resources Conservation Service was formed in 1997. To find out more, go to www.wv.nrcs.usda.gov/about/civilRights/ai/aianpm.html. The theme of this yearâs event was âGuiding Our Destiny with Heritage and Traditions.â USDA photo by Lance Cheung.
May 11, 2014
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