April 1, 2015
2nd Annual Native Youth
in Food & Ag Summer Leadership Summit
The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas
School of Law was launched in 2013 to assist Indian Country in issues related to
tribal governance in food and agriculture, strategic business and community
assessments, and youth education and professional development in food and
In furtherance of our goals in service to Indian Country, we held the first ever
“Native Youth in Food and Agriculture: Summer Leadership Summit” in July 2014.
We welcomed 48 students from 22 tribes to the inaugural summit for a week of
classroom learning, field trips, culture sharing and leadership opportunities.
Students came from all across Indian Country to attend, and the accomplishments
and continued learning of those first summit students continue to astound us.
This year we are holding the 2nd Annual Summit. We are looking for first-time
attendees, second-time attendees who will serve as “Summit Fellows,” and Student
Leaders who are already attending college or university.
We are looking for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students
with a passion and interest in food and agriculture who are willing to be our
next generation of food and agriculture leaders in Indian Country.
Please spread the word about this 2nd Annual Summit, and certainly share with
any Native students who might be interested. Selected students will travel to
our campus to participate in an exciting week of discussion, leadership
development, cultural experiences, field trips, learning and planning. Because
specialized business, law and policy issues surround Indian Country food and
agriculture, we are focused on ensuring that our next generation has all the
tools they need to succeed.
All selected students will have pre-arrival materials to complete before arrival
Apply as soon as possible
July 19 - July 28, 2015 (this includes travel dates)
University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, Arkansas
Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School
Farm Credit Council
Intertribal Agriculture Council
National FFA Organization
The deadline for all applicants is June 1, 2015, but spaces are limited, so
please encourage interested youth to get their applications in as soon as
possible. Cost to attend; All food, lodging, instructional
materials, and field trip costs will be provided. Depending on the
number of students, some travel scholarships will also be provided. However, we
need applications as soon as possible to plan for travel needs.
University of Arkansas School of Law
Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
c/o Rebecca Sims
1045 W. Maple St.
Fayetteville, AR 72701