“Cows run away from the storm while the buffalo charges toward it–and gets through it quicker. Whenever I’m confronted with a tough challenge, I do not prolong the torment, I become the buffalo.”
As Native Americans/Native Alaskans, we know that we were put on earth to care for Mother Earth and to care for the plants and animals so the plants and animals can take care of humans.
We are all interrelated and the “Circle of Life” must be strong and healthy because what impacts one area of the circle impacts all of the rest.
To be conservation leaders, we must address the areas of the circle that are not healthy and need repair.
We foster and support our Tribal Conservation District members.
INCA connects native farmers and ranchers to federal programs, grants, and protections. Join us today!
Serving our tribal ranchers and farmers
The Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA) is the bridge that connects two sides of a river. On one side are the typically underserved native ranchers and farmers. On the other bank are federal agencies of the US government and Tribal councils that want to take part in the restoration of America’s land usage. INCA connects these groups using in person meetings, online trainings, and hosting conferences in order to both expand the access of the native agricultural industry and increase the documented usage of public and private lands.
By focusing on teaching about and utilizing the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal agencies natural resource programs INCA is able to arm the local native agricultural industry with knowledge. When they are ready, INCA helps join individuals together into a Conservation District, which leverages the unified power of the tribe in its conversation with federal agencies.
Each administration has its own way of doing things. As larger agencies keep up with the times, contacts and positions can change. While these changes are helpful on the whole, small details can get lost along the way. Tracking individual ranchers and farmers can often feel daunting, especially as larger “in the field” teams are consolidated to regional centers or even all the way back to Washington DC.
Funding & Affiliations
INCA’s partnership with regional Conservation Districts keeps us in touch with the little guy, so that they don’t get lost in the shuffle. By doing business through INCA you can be assured that grant funds get into the hands of people serious about their lands health and well being.
We care about helping those who seek to make a difference in their community.
The benefits of joining INCA are many, focusing on
cultural integration and understanding.
How to Get Involved
The establishment of a conservation district allows for an entity to focus on USDA programs.
A district will help the Tribe gain a better understanding of the various programs available and provide information and education to members as to what the various programs can and can’t do.
A conservation district establishes an enduring basis for cooperation and assistance between the parties to achieve common community development, natural resource management and conservation goals and objectives.
Nothing in the Mutual Agreement entered into by the Tribe, district and USDA is intended to require the USDA or the Tribe to obligate or transfer any funds. Specific projects or activities which require transfer of funds, services or property will be carried out under separate agreements.