President Biden nominated Janie Simms Hipp, J.D., LL.M. (Chickasaw Nation) to serve as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). With over 35 years of experience as a food and agriculture lawyer working with producers across the country, and a brilliant Indigenous woman leader in agriculture, we believe Janie is uniquely qualified to serve in this critical role at USDA. As Janie moves through the confirmation process in the U.S. Senate, the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) and Native Farm Bill Coalition (NFBC) are seeking sign-ons from our partners for our letter to Senate leadership asking for her swift confirmation.
Please consider signing on your Tribal government, Tribal organization, or partner organization by 5 pm MT on Monday, April 19, 2021!
Once we have collected all sign-ons, we will send the letter to the Senate leadership and the Senate Committee on Agriculture.
If your Tribe or organization would to send your own letter, here is a link to a downloadable template HERE.