USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Tribal Extension and Research Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced grants to fund programs that promote learning, opportunity, and health within the American Indian community. The funding is made possible through two NIFA programs: the Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program and the Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program.

“1994 land-grant institutions are an important part of our educational and innovation system that underpins our nation’s food, agricultural, and natural resources enterprise,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “These grants support educators and extension specialists who engage with tribal communities by providing education and research-based knowledge.” 

The Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) funds extension programs on American Indian reservations and tribal jurisdictions that address the unique needs and problems of American Indian tribal nations. The Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP) supports building institutional research capacity through projects that address student educational needs and meet community, reservation, or regional challenges.

Among the new FRTEP grants, a University of Connecticut project will conduct classroom training and in-field, hands-on training in sustainable fruit and vegetable production methods, tribal historical methods, and agricultural business management with tribal youth and adults. The TCRGP grants include an Aaniiih Nakoda College project to develop a community garden as an on-campus agricultural research plot. The garden will feature a sub irrigation system to reduce water consumption and allow students to study macronutrients in agricultural water and soils.

Among past projects, a University of Nevada Extension FRTEP project offered guided construction of 50 hoop houses throughout the state. These inexpensive, easy-to-install greenhouse structures empower local food production and combat rampant diabetes caused by unhealthy diets. A TCRGP grant helped Northwest Indian College and the University of Oregon pinpoint the causes of declines in the Manila clam, an important food source for the Lummi people.

In fiscal year 2017, NIFA awarded 50 grants totaling more than $5 million through the two programs.

Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program 

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, $84,000
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, $82,000
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, $87,000
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, $82,000
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, $81,000
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, $80,000
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, $80,000
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, $79,000
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, $79,000
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, $70,000
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, $87,000
  • University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, $87,000
  • University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, $82,000
  • University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, $71,679
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, $80,000
  • Regents of the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, $87,000
  • Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, $80,000
  • Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, $88,000
  • Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, $81,000
  • Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, $80,000
  • Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, $79,000
  • University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, Nevada, $82,000
  • University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, Nevada, $70,000
  • University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, Nevada, $70,000
  • New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, $79,000
  • North Carolina State University, Cherokee, North Carolina, $79,000
  • North Dakota State University, New Town, North Dakota, $83,000
  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, $70,000
  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, $70,000
  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, $68,580
  • Oregon State University Extension Service, Corvallis, Oregon, $81,000
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension Polytech Inst., Blacksburg, Virginia, $70,000
  • Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, $89,490
  • Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, $84,000
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, $84,000
  • University of Wyoming, Fort Washakie, Wyoming, $88,000

Project details can be found at the NIFA website.

Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program 

  • Tohono O’odham Community College, Sells, Arizona, $59,954
  • Dine’ College, Tsaile, Arizona, $220,000
  • Bay Mills Community College, Brimley, Michigan, $216,079
  • Aaniiih Nakoda College, Harlem, Montana, $200,000
  • Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Montana, $200,000
  • Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, Montana, $220,000
  • Little Priest Tribal College, Winnebago, Nebraska, $59,174
  • Navajo Technical University, Crownpoint, New Mexico, $220,000
  • Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, $60,000
  • Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, New Town, North Dakota, $95,000
  • College of the Muscogee Nation, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, $60,000
  • Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Washington, $220,000
  • Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Washington, $190,182
  • College of Menominee Nation, Keshena, Wisconsin, $219,689

Project details can be found at the NIFA website.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: