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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts roundtable on upcoming Farm Bill
Thursday, March 23, 2023

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is hosting a roundtable to hear about Native priorities for the upcoming Farm Bill.

The Farm Bill is due to be reauthorized by Congress this year. The most recent version contained a number of provisions beneficial for food, agricultural and other programs in American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.

“It’s a significant piece of legislation. We see it as an opportunity,” Roy Baldridge, Second Chief of Shawnee Tribe, said during the winter meeting of the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C., last month.

The roundtable takes place at 2:30pm Eastern on Wednesday in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. The list of participants follows:

The Honorable Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson
Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
Juneau, Alaska

Ms. Mahina Paishon-Duarte
ʻĀina Aloha Economic Futures
Honolulu, Hawaii

Ms. Kelsey Scott
Director of Programs
Intertribal Agriculture Council
Gettysburg, South Dakota

Mr. Ryan Lankford
Montana State FSA Committee and Island Mountain Development Group
Chinook, Montana

Mr. Vincent Cowboy
Chief Operations Officer
Navajo Agricultural Products Industry
Farmington, New Mexico

Mr. Trenton Kissee
Agriculture and Natural Resources for Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Claremore, Oklahoma

Ms. Mary Greene Trottier
National Association of Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations
Fort Totten, North Dakota

Mr. Dustin Schmidt
Rosebud Sioux Tribe
White River, South Dakota

In addition to the roundtable, the Native Farm Bill Coalition is monitoring other developments on Capitol Hill in connection to the 2023 reauthorization of the Farm Bill. Members of the coalition are in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss Native priorities.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice
Roundtable Discussion titled “Native Priorities for the 2023 Farm Bill Reauthorization” (March 23, 2023)

2023 Farm Bill – National Congress of American Indians Executive Council Winter Session

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