To date the Community Grant Program has help launch
poultry, orchard, small husbandry, and various food
& farming initiatives throughout the Hopi Reservation.
Through support from the Native American Agricultural Fund,
the Natwani Coalition is able to re-grant funds through the
Community Micro Grants and Partnership Capacity Building Grants.
We look to enhance the overall food sovereignty of the
Hopi & Tewa People with financial assistance to our
local farmers and growers
Community Micro Grant
Natwani Coalition Grant Program Funder
In 1999, the Keepseagle V. Vilsack class-action suit was filed by Marilyn
and George Keepseagle from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, alleging
that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had engaged
in illegal discrimination against Native American farmers and ranchers in
the Farm Loan Program and servicing of loans dating back to 1981.
In 2010, after more than a decade of litigation, the federal government and
the parties agreed to a settlement. The original settlement resulted in the
creation of a $680 million compensation fund, another $80 million in debt relief,
and tax relief in addition to other forms of programmatic relief to be instituted by USDA.
A six-month claims process resulted in approved claims for more than 3,600 Native farmers and ranchers.
As a part of the settlement agreement, a cy pres fund was created. After a significant period of further negotiation, a second compensation payment and additional tax relief to successful claimants was approved and an additional $38 million in “fast track” grants to nonprofit and other eligible organizations that support Native farmers and ranchers was also authorized.
In 2018, the court directed that the remaining funds be distributed through a newly created Native American Agriculture Fund. Having received final approval to begin its work in 2018, the Native American Agriculture Fund must distribute its funds within a period of 20 years. The Native American Agriculture Fund will provide grants to eligible entities for business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to support Native farmers and ranchers . Eligible entities include 501(c)3 organizations, educational organizations, CDFIs and Native CDFIs, and tribal governments.
Information taken from the Native American Agricultural Fund website
Keepseagle V. Vilsack