Opening ceremony of the Intertribal Agriculture Council 2017 Membership Meeting. Native News Online photos by Levi Rickert.
Published December 12, 2017
LAS VEGAS – Over 55 percent of the food eaten globally originated on Turtle Island or the American continents. Today, American Indians and Alaska Natives still are doing their part to feed the world. Some 600 of Native food producers from across Indian Country kicked off the Intertribal Agriculture Council 2017 Membership Meeting at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. They Intertribal Agriculture Council’s conference will be in session through Thursday.
600 Native food producers from Indian Country are in attendance.
Ross Racine, the executive director of the IAC, greeted the attendees to the Hard Rock Hotel – Las Vegas. “Welcome to our new home for the next three years of meetings,” said Racine. For the past 12 years, IAC has held its annual membership meeting in Las Vegas. The organization decided to have its meeting at the Hard Rock because it is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Diane L. Cullo, special assistant, USDA – Office of the Secretary
Filling in for the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Sonny Perdue was Special Assistant, USDA – Office of the Secretary. Perdue canceled because he was needed in Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Keel, president of the National Congress of American Indians
In attendance at the opening ceremony, supporting another national American Indian organization, was Jefferson Keel, president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). According to Racine, it is the first time a president of NCAI attended the meeting.