As 2022 comes to a close, your generosity and compassion shine!
Earlier this month, we shared stories of the Intertribal Agriculture Council's (IAC) decades-long investment in Native youth. Among them was IAC Executive Director Kari Jo Lawrence's personal message about the impact that an IAC scholarship had on her career goals as a young person. She shared that the scholarship was far more than just a monetary gift; it also created valuable connections and life-long relationships. IAC recognizes that investments in our youth act as a catalyst for change. Native youth are the future of sustainable economic development in agriculture for the betterment of Indian Country.
But there is still more we can do to build resilient food systems in Indian Country. Your year-end gift sustains vital programs that not only prepare the next generation of Native producers and entrepreneurs but also grow our economies. For example, IAC's Regenerative Economies work promotes and highlights the benefits of investing in Indian agriculture while providing individual assistance on business and finance solutions that enable healthy and regenerative economic growth throughout Indian Country.
Regenerative agriculture has long been a part of Native farms and ranches. Land-based agricultural resources are vital to the economic and social welfare of many Native American and Alaska Native Tribes. In the U.S., agriculture constitutes one of the highest percentages of tribally owned enterprises and individually owned businesses. However, harsh economic disparities still exist in Indian Country. With help from supporters like you, IAC can remove barriers and increase access for Native producers to address systemic inequities in agriculture.
Your year-end gift today will support regenerative agriculture economies that work in tandem with the land, water, animals, and people to sustain healthy food systems and economic development in Indian Country for generations to come.
Thank you on behalf of all Native producers and Tribal Nations!