“All birds, even those of the same species, are not alike, and it is the same with animals and with human beings. The reason WakanTanka does not make two birds, or animals, or human beings exactly alike is because each is placed here by WakanTanka to be an independent individuality and to rely upon itself.”

– Shooter, Teton Sioux 

Partnering with Native Producers… 

We keep members informed of ever changing opportunities or regulations that impact their productivity and profitability.

Many Nations

There are more than 560 Federally Recognized Tribes in the US

Collectively

Those collective land holdings are more 

than 94 million acres.

Organize 

Tribes in eight states have organized State Tribal Conservation Advisory Councils. 

Growth

Currently there are thirty one Tribal Conservation Districts throughout Indian Country. 

…and multiple divisions of the USDA.

We keep members informed of ever changing opportunities or regulations that impact their productivity and profitability.

National Resource Conservation Service

www.nrcs.usda.gov

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

www.aphis.usda.gov

Farm Service Agency

www.fsa.usda.gov

National Agricultural Statistics Service

www.nass.usda.gov

Reasons to Partner

 Individual 

  • INCA provides outreach tools and education.
  • We assist in completwe ing applications for Federal Conservation and Financial Assistance.
  • Help members to comply with regulatory requirements.
  • Teach Livestock Record keeping so ranchers can be eligible for FSA.
  • Loans Assist Create Conservation Planning to protect: 
  1. Soil Productivity
  2. Water Quality and Quantity
  3. Air Quality
  4. Wildlife Habitat   
  • Identify resource problems and find resources for solutions.
  • Keep members informed of ever changing opportunities or regulations that can impact their productivity and profitability.  

Tribes and Villages 

  • Bring the indigenous perspective to conservation
  • Provide a respectful connection between Tribes and agencies
  • Coordinate conservation projects on Tribal land
  • Increase production and harvesting of traditional foods
  • Encourage more tribal members to farm or ranch on Trust and Tribal Fee Lands
  • Improve Economic Opportunities for producers 

Projects 

INCA Student Intern Program (ISIP)

2016–2017

 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

2016–2017

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.