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Makoce ki okiyapi ki hena owicakiyapi A Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) priority continues to focus on in- Lakota for “Helping People Help The Land” Tribal Advisory Committee creasing the diversity of its workforce through the hiring of students from various colleges and T he Tribal Advisory Committee (a sub-committee to the USDA State Technical Committee) was formed in 2003 and provides technical assistance to the NRCS State Conservationist in identifying and addressing conservation issues and tribal needs on Tribal lands. The Tribal universities. SD NRCS makes concerted outreach Advisory Committee was instrumental in the development of an EQIP American Indian Ear- and recruitment efforts to high school and college mark Local Evaluation Worksheet in FY 2004 and continues to annually review the effective- students to increase the number of students study- Fiscal Year 2007 ness of the worksheet. The Tribal Advisory Committee met three times in FY 2007 (November ing in agriculture and Agency-related disciplines, 2006, May 2007 & August 2007). and to offer employment opportunities. Listed below are some of the outreach efforts South Dakota NRCS conducted in 2007: In Fiscal Year 2007, the SD NRCS put together a recruitment poster with translations in Lakota. The translations were kindly made by Mr. Ben Black • SD NRCS continues to employ 5 Tribal Liaisons who provide full-time technical assistance to 6 tribes in South Dakota; another Tribal Liaison who is a ND A n Environmental Quality Incen- tives Program (EQIP) application was developed and approved for fund- NRCS employee who provides full-time technical assistance to one tribe whose reservation lies in both North and South Dakota; a state outreach coordinator Bear of Rosebud. This poster was displayed at ing on land within a Rosebud Tribal the 2007 Rapid City and Pierre Women in Science who assists with all facets of program outreach; and a State Tribal Liaison who assists in State-wide tribal outreach coordination and information dissemination. range unit. The major resource concern Conferences - reaching around 500 young women • NRCS program outreach to Limited Resource and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. was an inadequate stock water sup- grades 7-12, with many conference attendees from • SD NRCS employed two Native American high school students under the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). ply. Another resource concern was the reservation schools in western and central SD. • Job recruitment information sent to Tribal Colleges in the region. plant condition for productivity, health • The SD NRCS put together a recruitment poster with translations in Lakota. and vigor. The existing water sources included a few windmills to service ﬁve • NRCS career presentation, Dupree Schools K-12. pastures. The plan included the installa- • NRCS conservation outreach at Dupree kindergarten class. tion of ﬁve wells (1 electric, 1 windmill • NRCS provided career information at the Pine Ridge High School Career Day. and 1 solar panel system that serviced • NRCS delivered soils instruction training for a Standing Rock High School Environmental Science class. 3 of the wells); ﬁve watering facilities (30 foot steel rim, bottomless tanks); 5,246 linear feet of L ower Brule Sioux Tribe harvests sweetgrass, a project begun in 2001 with a planting of 10 plugs from the NRCS Plant Materials Center, with 10 or • Rangeland Days in Eagle Butte (CRST). Partnering with the Ziebach and Dewey CD, The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, SDSU and NRCS participating. • Women in Sciences Conference (Aberdeen, Rapid City, Pierre & Sioux Falls, SD). NRCS booth provided career and conservation program information. fence and 296.3 Rod Row-Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment with 1,723 linear feet of fence. All of these conservation practices were installed within two years. The range unit now consists more additional plugs received every year through of 1,841 acres of improved rangeland. This project was featured in the NRCS national cam- • Women in Blue Jeans Conference, Mitchell, SD. NRCS booth provided career and conservation program information. 2007. Enough sweetgrass for about 150 braids was paign, “Conservation - Our Purpose. Our Passion”. • Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) councils and staff provide technical assistance for community development and resource issues to people of the harvested in 2007. These braids are given to tribal elders, tribal government ofﬁcials and other tribal Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Yankton Sioux Tribe and Rosebud Sioux Tribe. members for their traditional/religious use and for • North Central RC&D and NRCS working with Lower Brule and Crow Creek Sioux Tribes on a Carbon Sequestration/Tribal Capacity Project. SD NRCS EQIP EARMARK FUNDS TO AMERICAN INDIAN CUSTOMERS ceremonies/meetings/prayers. Others are given as • North Central RC&D assisted with the organization of the Dakota Plains Weed Management Area which includes both Lower Brule and Crow Creek Sioux Tribes. & OTHERS WITHIN RESERVATION BOUNDARIES gifts and a limited number are sold to tourists. • Bad Lands RC&D assisted in a Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) grant for a Grass Lands Invasive Species project for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation’s White River Watershed area; assisted the Wounded Knee Tiospaye’/Riders project; and the Oyate Trail project. FY Allocated (Total) Actual • RC&D tour on Standing Rock Reservation by the National RC&D President for viewing the native plant plot at Fort Yates. 1998 $439,000 (12.5%) $512,129 • NRCS Brookings Area Ofﬁce staff prepared a land ownership map for the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe to assist in land management decisions and discussed NRCS programs. 1999 $450,000 (13.2%) $453,813 Lower Brule Tribal Member Janet Hardin with 2000 $460,000 (13%) $464,162 sweetgrass braids she braided in 2007 • Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe/NRCS Draft Internet Guidance on Putting Tribal Trust Land into WRP. 2001 $410,000 (10.8) $499,425 • Participated in Drought Disaster Impact & Solution Meetings put on by Standing Rock Tribal Conservation District. 2002 $1,207,123 (15.1) $1,476,368 • Oglala Sioux Tribe Agricultural Technical Committee’s Farm and Ranch Day. NRCS staff presented information on conservation programs. 2003 $1,702,890 (17%)* $1,639,593 • Standing Rock Tribal Conservation District/NRCS Meeting. Standing Rock Tribal Conservation District personnel, the Tribal Chairman, NRCS SD & ND State 2004 $2,510,033 (17%)* $4,639,773+ Conservationists and NRCS local staff, met to discuss conservation issues and a potential contribution agreement. 2005 $2,659,162 (17%)* $2,581,936 (All eligible Earmark applications funded) • NRCS Tribal liaison assisted the Sisseton-Wahpeton Community College in the development of an implementation plan for an outdoor learning center on campus. 2006 $2,839,872 (17%)* $2,856,121 (All eligible Earmark applications funded) 2007 $2,790,822 (17%)* $3,852,874+ • The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Conservation District approved a contribution agreement with South and North Dakota NRCS. TOTAL: $18,976,194 • NRCS staff was present at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribes land committee meeting for the purpose of coordinating efforts through various programs that work together regarding land and conservation issues. * The Tribal Advisory Committee recommended the earmark to include all land and operators within reservation boundaries in 2003-2007 (17%). +In 2004 and • NRCS assisted the Standing Rock High School Environmental Science class with the hand planting of 130 Lodge Pole Pines seedlings at Fort Yates. 2007 additional EQIP funds beyond the Earmark were allocated to projects in • NRCS staff gave a demonstration of the Mobile Ofﬁce Pilot Project during the Agricultural Tour at Eagle Butte. target locations. • NRCS Global Positioning System (GPS) specialist provided GPS training to Standing Rock Tribal employees and Sitting Bull College students. • 2006 “Caring for Mother Earth” Agricultural Symposium, INCA/IAC (Las Vegas). State Conservationist and State Tribal Liaison participated. • Special Emphasis Program Manager (SEPM) attended NRCS American Indian/Alaska Native Employee Association national meeting (Corpus Christi, Texas). • 8th Annual Unity in 2007 (Helping Hands) Tribal Agriculture Meeting. Sponsored by the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Natural Resources Conservation Service he 8th An- nual UnityT in 2007 (Helping (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Hands) Tribal • Employee development includes cultural awareness training such as in-state NRCS “Harmony Workshop” (Working Effectively with American Indians) in Rockerville, SD. Agriculture Meet- • The NRCS Cultural Resource Specialist/State Tribal Liaison met on-site with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Historic Preservation Ofﬁcer and cultural consultant to ing was sponsored determine if two planned projects had the potential to affect sacred areas. by the Lower Brule Sioux • SD409.0 - General - Amendment SD9. SD NRCS guidance prepared on which entity may best meet the deﬁnition of a Conservation District when signing conservation plans Tribe, Natural in Indian Country. Resources Con- TRIBAL LIAISON LOCATIONS • A Native American family from Rosebud Sioux Reservation selected as one of South Dakota’s featured families for NRCS’s National campaign, “Conservation – Our Purpose. servation Service South Dakota NRCS Tribal Liaisons (began 1997) Our Passion.” (NRCS), Farm Service Agency 1. Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation (David L. Pesicka) (FSA), and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The meeting offered 2. Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux Reservation (Michael J. Schmidt) an opportunity for interested Tribal agricultural partners to hear, discuss, and share their 3. Rosebud Sioux Reservation (Mary A. Scott) Conservation…Our Purpose. Our Passion. The purpose and passion for conservation is shared among many. It is shared between NRCS ideas, concerns, and provide feedback to South Dakota (SD) United States Department of 4. Lake Traverse Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe (Thomas Jones) employees and partners who help people help the land. And it is shared by the landowners with whom we work. Our passion is manifested Agriculture (USDA) representatives and others. Decision-makers from the South Dakota 5/6. Lower Brule Sioux Reservation/Crow Creek Sioux Reservation (Kari Jo Hall) through the beneﬁts derived from stewardship of private and Tribal lands—beneﬁts we all enjoy, such as cleaner water and air, improved USDA’s FSA, NRCS, Rural Development, and NASS were present to discuss current and 7. Standing Rock Sioux Reservation (Dwight Teske, Fort Yates, ND) soils and abundant wildlife habitat. potential future programs, successful partnerships, and future opportunities for agricultural 8. State Tribal Liaison (Dana R. Vaillancourt) issues in SD. South Dakota The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). 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