[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 132 (Monday, July 11, 2016)]
[Page 44838]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-16320]

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Office of Tribal Relations

Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

AGENCY: Office of Tribal Relations, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of the Council for 
Native American Farming and Ranching, a public advisory committee of 
the Office of Tribal Relations. Notice of the meetings are provided in 
accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 
as amended, (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2). This will be the third meeting held 
during fiscal year 2016 and will consist of, but not be limited to: 
Hearing public comments, update of USDA programs and activities, and 
discussion of committee priorities. This meeting will be open to the 

DATES: The meeting will be held on July 27-28, 2016. The meeting will 
be open to the public on both days with time set aside for public 
comment on July 27 at approximately 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. The Office of 
Tribal Relations (OTR) will make the agenda available to the public via 
the OTR Web site http://www.usda.gov.tribalrelations no later than 10 
business days before the meeting and at the meeting.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Shoshone Bannock Events 
Center, 777 Bannock Trail, Fort Hall, ID 83202, in the Chief Taghee A 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or written comments may be 
submitted to Amanda Burley, Designated Federal Officer, USDA/Office of 
Tribal Relations, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Whitten Bldg. 501-A, 
Washington, DC 20250; by fax: (202) 720-1058; or by email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the provisions of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), 
USDA established an advisory council for Native American Farmers and 
Ranchers (CNAFR). The CNAFR is a discretionary advisory committee 
established under the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture, in 
furtherance of the Keepseagle v. Vilsack settlement agreement that was 
granted final approval by the District Court for the District of 
Columbia on April 28, 2011.
    The CNAFR will operate under the provisions of the FACA and report 
to the Secretary of Agriculture. The purpose of the CNAFR is (1) to 
advise the Secretary of Agriculture on issues related to the 
participation of Native American farmers and ranchers in USDA loan and 
grant programs; (2) to transmit recommendations concerning any changes 
to USDA regulations or internal guidance or other measures that would 
eliminate barriers to program participation for Native American farmers 
and ranchers; (3) to examine methods of maximizing the number of new 
farming and ranching opportunities created by USDA loan and grant 
programs through enhanced extension and financial literacy services; 
(4) to examine the methods of encouraging intergovernmental cooperation 
to mitigate the effects of land tenure and probate issues on the 
delivery of USDA programs; (5) to evaluate other methods of creating 
new farming or ranching opportunities for Native American producers; 
and (6) to address other related issues as deemed appropriate.
    Interested persons may present views, orally or in writing, on 
issues relating to the agenda topics before the CNAFR. Written 
submissions may be submitted to the Designated Federal Officer on or 
before July 22, 2016. Oral presentations from the public will be heard 
approximately 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on July 27, 2016. Those individuals 
interested in making formal oral presentations should notify the 
Designated Federal Officer and submit a brief statement of the general 
nature of the issues they wish to present and the names and addresses 
of proposed participants by July 22, 2016. All oral presentations will 
be given three (3) to five (5) minutes depending on the number of 
    The OTR will also make the agenda available to the public via the 
OTR Web site http://www.usda.gov/tribalrelations no later than 10 
business days before the meeting and at the meeting. The minutes from 
the meeting will be posted on the OTR Web site. OTR welcomes the 
attendance of the public at the CNAFR meetings and will make every 
effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special 
needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, 
please contact Amanda Burley at least 10 business days in advance of 
the meeting.

    Dated: July 5, 2016.
Leslie A. Wheelock,
Director, Office of Tribal Relations.
[FR Doc. 2016-16320 Filed 7-8-16; 8:45 am]