INCA Student Intern Program (ISIP)
INCA works with high school student interns in their respective communities and coordinates hands-on work experience with Federal agencies like the NRCS
INCA entered into a Cooperative Agreement with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to work with Native American high school students to increase the number of Native American Students going to colleges and securing degrees in Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Agricultural, Natural Resources, and Biological related fields.
The purpose of this Agreement is to increase the number of Native American High School students that can qualify and compete in the USDA Pathways Internship Program whereby NRCS can bring them on as a Student Intern.
Montana’s Fort Peck Nation partners with NRCS
Fostering Native Agriculture by Helping Tribal Farmers and Ranchers to Care for Mother Earth and Strengthen the Circle of Life
In Montana, the Fort Peck tribes and NRCS developed a plan to implement proper grazing management on its vast rangeland resource. The tribes identified their resource concerns through the development of their Agricultural Resource Management Plan (ARMP). The goal: construct and replace fence to facilitate proper grazing use, while being “wildlife-friendly.”
The tribes’ strategy was simple: prove that they can do the work on their own, then apply for federal funding from NRCS. Initially, they built 50 miles of fence. NRCS provided nearly $511,000 in cost-share to fund four additional projects, which included prescribed grazing, wildlife-friendly fencing, and noxious weed control.
In an effort to continue the fencing and grazing project, the tribes recently applied for and were approved to receive Strike Force funding. The prescribed grazing plans will last for three years.