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College Opportunity! Food and Agriculture Summit!

was launched in 2013 to assist Indian Country in issues related to tribal governance in food and agriculture, strategic business and community assessments, and youth education and professional development in food and agriculture.

In furtherance of our goals in service to Indian Country, we held the first ever “Native Youth in Food and Agriculture:  Summer Leadership Summit” in July 2014.

We welcomed 48 students from 22 tribes to the inaugural Summit for a week of classroom learning, field trips, culture sharing, and leadership opportunities.  Students came from all across Indian Country to attend, and the accomplishments and continued learning of those first Summit students continue to astound us.  This year we are holding the 2nd annual Summit.   We are looking for first-time attendees, second-time attendees who will serve as “Summit Fellows”, and Student Leaders who are already attending college or university.

We are looking for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students with a passion and interest in food and agriculture who are willing to be our next generation of food and agriculture leaders in Indian Country.

How you can help:

We now need your help to spread the word about the 2nd annual Summit.  Please forward this email and the attached applications to young people in your communities.  They will travel to our campus to participate in another exciting week of discussion, leadership development, cultural experiences, field trips, learning and planning.  Because specialized business, law and policy issues surround Indian Country food and agriculture, we are focused at the Initiative on ensuring that our next generation has all the tools they need to succeed.  All selected students will have pre-arrival materials to complete before arrival on campus.  PLEASE APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Dates:

July 19-July 28, 2015 (this includes travel dates)

Location:

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, Arkansas

Hosts:

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law

Farm Credit Council

Intertribal Agriculture Council

National FFA Organization

Application Information:

The deadline for all applicants is June 1st, 2015, but spaces are limited, so please encourage interested youth to get their applications in as soon as possible.

Three applications are attached:

1st time attendees: Complete the Student Application

2nd time attendees: Complete the Summit Fellow Application

College-aged: Complete the Student Leader Application

Cost to attend: 

All food, lodging, instructional materials, and field trip costs will be provided.

Depending on the number of students, some travel scholarships will also be provided.  However, we need applications as soon as possible to plan for travel needs.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Rebecca Sims at ras017@uark.edu or call (479) 575-4434.

You can submit your application by email (to ras017@uark.edu) or by mail to:

 Application for Fellows Final Application for First-Time Students Final Application for Student Leaders Final

University of Arkansas School of Law

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative

c/o Rebecca Sims

1045 W. Maple St.

Fayetteville, AR  72701