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Vilsack makes announcement about Indian programs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that tribal colleges in eight states have received $3.3 million in grants, that a national tribal drought and disaster recovery conference call will be held on October 30, and that the Southwest American Indian Veterans Farming and Ranching Summit scheduled for that date has been moved to November 1.

  • The $3.3 million in grants announced today will help tribal colleges finance infrastructure improvements, purchase equipment and develop community facilities. Janie Hipp, senior adviser to the secretary, made the announcement about the grants to tribal colleges on the secretary’s behalf while attending the National Congress of American Indians Annual Conference. The money comes from the USDA Rural Development Tribal College Grant program, which provides land-grant institutions with funds for outreach and education services to help meet the needs of Native American communities.
  • The following federal agencies and departments have partnered to host the October 30 drought recovery call: USDA, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration and the Small Business Administration.
  • The Southwest Veterans Farming and Ranching Summit will be held at the Santa Ana Star Conference Center near Albuquerque, N.M.