Keepseagle v. Vilsack: The settlement and establishment of the Native American Agriculture Fund

Monday, April 1, 12:00–1:30 p.m.
Rountree Hall (Rm 204)
1145 N. Mountain Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85721

Join the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program and University of Arizona American Indian Studies for a lecture by Dr. Joe Hiller.

The long-running class-action lawsuit over discrimination by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) against American Indian ranchers and farmers was recently settled. It resulted in programmatic reform at USDA, along with cash settlement and loan forgiveness for successful claimants. The settlement also established the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF). The Fund is tasked by the Settlement to support and develop American Indian agriculture by providing for: business assistance, agricultural education, technical support and advocacy services. NAAF is the largest philanthropic organization in the US solely dedicated to serving the American Indian agriculture community.

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Speaker Bio

Joseph G. Hiller (Oglala Sioux) is the former Head of the University of Arizona American Indian Studies Program.

He was also Assistant Dean for American Indian Programs, Associate Director of the Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station, Assistant Director of Arizona Cooperative Extension, and Chair of the Watershed Management and Ecohydrology Program - all in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.