The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law will encompass multi-disciplinary research, service, and education opportunities.
The Initiative is the first of its kind nationally, with the following goals and objectives:
- To increase student enrollment in the land grant universities in food and agricultural related disciplines by supporting existing students and creating early pipeline programs for youth;
- To create new academic and executive education programs in food and agriculture, including law, policy, and tribal governance;
- To directly support Indian country by providing strategic planning and technical assistance, including research and publications in the following subject areas:
- Tribal Governance Infrastructure to Enhance Business and Economic Development Opportunities
- Financial Markets and Asset Management, including Banking, Risk Management, and Stewardship of Land and Natural Resources
- Health and Nutrition Policy for Tribal Community Wellness
- Intellectual Property Rights and Protection of Traditional Knowledge
- The Keepseagle Tax Education Clinic
- The Keepseagle Tax Education Clinic, the first project of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, will provide general tax filing information and record keeping requirements to Keepseagle successful claimants and settlement recipients to aid in their tax preparation.
- Summer Leadership Summit: Native Youth in Agriculture
- The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative is hosting its first one-week Summer Leadership Summit: Native Youth in Agriculture, a summit focused on leadership and learning in agricultural risk management.
For more information, contact:
Janie Simms Hipp (Chickasaw)
Director, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative