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ACTION ALERTS

Check this page for ways you can take action and share your priorities for Indian Country in the upcoming Farm Bill.

2024 ACTION ALERTS

APRIL 1, 2024 - Urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to Support 638 Expansion in the Upcoming Farm Bill

We need your support! This Friday, April 5, is the last day to submit your letter to the USDA supporting 638 expansion in the upcoming Farm Bill.

 

Pub.L.93-638 Indian Self-Determination contracting and Self-Governance compacting has been the most effective use of federal dollars since 1975. The Native Farm Bill Coalition (NFBC) needs your help sending letters to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack urging his support for the various marker bills introduced that would authorize the extended use of 638 authority throughout the agency.

 

A sample letter can be downloaded here:

 

Please send a copy of your submitted letter to Kayla Gebeck Carroll (Kayla.Gebeck@hklaw.com) so we can share it as a part of our larger advocacy efforts. For help drafting your letter, please email Parker Reynolds (Parker.Reynolds@hklaw.com).

MARCH 24, 2024 - Urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Support 638 Expansion in the Upcoming Farm Bill

 

Pub.L.93-638 Indian Self-Determination contracting and Self-Governance compacting has been the most effective use of federal dollars since 1975, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has yet to fully embrace it. For this reason, the Native Farm Bill Coalition (NFBC) needs your help sending letters to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack urging his support for the various marker bills introduced that would authorize the extended use of 638 authority throughout the agency.

 

A sample letter can be downloaded here:

 

Please send a copy of your submitted letter to Kayla Gebeck Carroll (Kayla.Gebeck@hklaw.com) so we can share it as a part of our larger advocacy efforts. For help drafting your letter, please email Parker Reynolds (Parker.Reynolds@hklaw.com). Letters should be sent to USDA by April 5, 2024, to ensure that USDA hears from Indian Country before the House and Senate release text for the upcoming Farm Bill.

New 638 Opportunities in the Upcoming Farm Bill

As part of the upcoming Farm Bill negotiations, members on both sides of the aisle have heard the requests of Indian Country to make the 638 pilot programs authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill permanent and to expand 638 authority more broadly at USDA. As part of these efforts, members have introduced bipartisan bills to support the expansion of 638 authority to the following programs:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), including all nutrition education and training programs and functions supported through the USDA;

  • Any program, function, service, or activity of the FS (e.g., recreational, visitor centers, trails, boat launches, etc.);

  • Any program function, service, or activity provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); and

  • Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) to allow Tribal governments to inspect beef, bison, chicken, and other products put into their food programs.

 

Additionally, several members of Congress are advocating for the creation of an Office of Self-Governance, which would help USDA build the institutional knowledge to utilize 638 authority throughout the Department.

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