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Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program


The Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program supports extension education on Indian reservations and tribal jurisdictions to address the unique needs and problems of American Indian tribal nations. The target audience is Native American individuals and communities on large reservations (at least 100,000 acres). Currently, there are 28 projects in 15 states. These projects are located on 32 reservations, plus 38 communities in Alaska and one tribal nation geographic area in Oklahoma.


1862 land-grant institutions.

Targeted Areas of Support

Projects funded under this program support one or more of the five Strategic Goals outlined in the NIFA Strategic Plan for FY 2004-2009: enhance economic opportunities for agricultural producers; support increased economic opportunities and improved quality of life in rural America; enhance protection and safety of the Nation's agriculture and food supply; improve the Nation's nutrition and health; and protect and enhance the Nation's natural resource base and environment.


Awards are made on a multiyear basis, subject to Congressional appropriations and annual evaluations that show the satisfactory progress of the project.


The estimated funding for FY 2006 is $1,760,000.

Results and Impacts

This program assists American Indians in adopting profitable farming and ranching techniques and providing 4-H and other developmental experiences for tribal youth. In each state, the land-grant university supplies qualified extension agents who bring educational programs and resources to tribal communities, and the tribal nation provides office space and utilities. An advisory committee works to identify community priorities.

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Joan Gill, National Program Leader, Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program


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