Agriculture Committee Accepts Noem Amendment to Establish Office of Tribal Relations within USDA
July 12, 2012
Rep. Kristi Noem offered an amendment during Farm Bill debate to permanently establish an Office of Tribal Relations in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure the Secretary is advised on policy impacting Native Americans and Tribal access to USDA programs. This would not cost the federal government any additional money. Instead, it directs USDA to manage its resources in a way that can enhance its coordination with Native Americans and help ensure their access to USDA programs.