Native American News
APHIS recognizes the rights of sovereign tribal nations and the importance of strong partnerships with Native American communities across the country. We are committed to respecting tribal heritage and cultural values when planning and initiating programs as described by Executive Order 13175: Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments. We believe it is critical for sovereign tribal nations to participate in the development of APHIS policies and programs that affect them.
In addition, APHIS offers a broad range of assistance to Native American producers and tribes in managing their agricultural and natural resources through our Veterinary Services, Animal Care, Wildlife Services, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, and Plant Protection and Quarantine programs. Working in consultation with APHIS' Native American Working Group, these programs offer Native American communities in-depth advice and assistance to ensure their animals and plants remain healthy and strong. An overview of the many resources and activities APHIS can offer, as well as ongoing projects, is available on this Web page and others.
APHIS looks forward to building new partnerships and developing and nurturing existing relationships with our tribal partners. Together we can strengthen our agricultural network and build a future where history is acknowledged, sovereignty is respected, and mutual growth fostered.
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is a multi-faceted Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues. More >>
December 2, 2013 APHIS Assoc. Acting Administrator Dick To Speak at Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) Membership Meeting
Internship/Scholarship Opportunities: USDA and APHIS offer students a wide range of scholarships and internships/externships that can help them learn more about possible careers in animal and plant science, wildlife/natural resources management, agribusiness, animal welfare, and more. Further information is available on the APHIS Student Opportunity Page.
APHIS: Partnering Across Nations To Safeguard Native American Agriculture
Terry Clark is the APHIS National Tribal Liaison and should be contacted for questions regarding Veterinary Services at (301)440-4388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Jones is the Animal Care National Tribal Liaison and can be contacted at: (301)-851-3730 or Christine.B.Jones@aphis.usda.gov