Navajo Pride. Photo: Navajo Agricultural Products Industry
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on agribusiness opportunities
Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
is holding its first hearing of 2018 this week.
The committee meets on Wednesday to focus on agricultural business opportunities in Indian Country. A panel of tribal leaders and experts will be joined by a representative from the Department of Agriculture
for the hearing.
The hearing comes as thousands of Indian farmers and ranchers await an additional payout from the Keepseagle lawsuit
over discrimination at the USDA. The money -- which includes about $77 million in payments -- is in limbo while an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court
is being pursued.
Janie Simms Hipp, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation
and a former USDA official who helped the Obama administration with the settlement, is among the witnesses. She is now serving as director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
The hearing takes place at 2:30pm Eastern on Wednesday and it will be webcast. The witness list follows:
Ms. Diane Cullo
Advisor to the Secretary & Director, Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC
The Honorable John L. Berrey
Chairman, Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
Ms. Janie Simms Hipp
Director, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
University of Arkansas School of Law
Mr. Lionel Haskie
Operations and Maintenance Manager
Navajo Agricultural Products Industry
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice:
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