[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 224 (Monday, November 21, 2016)]
[Page 83196]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-27915]

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Meeting of the 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 (CNAFR), a public advisory 
committee of the Office of Tribal Relations (OTR). Notice of the 
meetings are provided in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act, as amended. This will be the first meeting held during fiscal year 
2017 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 public.

DATES: The meeting will be held on December 8, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 
p.m., and December 9, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be 
open to the public on both days. Note that a period for public comment 
will be held on December 8, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Flamingo Hotel, 3555 S. Las 
Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109, in the El Dorado Room.
    Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted to: the CNAFR 
Contact Person, Josiah Griffin, Acting Designated Federal Officer, 
USDA/Office of Tribal Relations, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Whitten 
Bldg., 501-A; Stop 0160; Washington, DC 20250; by Fax: (202) 720-1058; 
or by email: [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions should be directed to Josiah 
Griffin, Acting Designated Federal Officer; USDA/Office of Tribal 
Relations, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Whitten Bldg., 501-A; Stop 0160; 
Washington, DC 20250; by Fax: (202) 720-1058 or email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the provisions of Section 
10(a)(2) 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. The CNAFR is a discretionary advisory 
committee established under the authority of the Secretary of 
    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 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 programs through 
enhanced extension and financial literacy services; (4) to examine 
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.
    The Secretary of Agriculture selected a diverse group of members 
representing a broad spectrum of persons interested in providing 
solutions to the challenges of the aforementioned purposes. Equal 
opportunity practices were considered in all appointments to the CNAFR 
in accordance with USDA policies. The Secretary selected the members in 
November 2016.
    Interested persons may present views, orally or in writing, on 
issues relating to agenda topics before the CNAFR. Written submissions 
may be submitted to the contact person on or before November 30, 2015. 
Oral presentations from the public will be heard from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 
p.m. on December 8, 2015. Those individuals interested in making formal 
oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief 
statement of the general nature of the issue they wish to present and 
the names and addresses of proposed participants by November 30, 2015. 
All oral presentations will be given three (3) to five (5) minutes 
depending on the number of participants.
    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 notify the Contact Person, at least 10 business days in advance 
of the meeting.

    Dated: November 15, 2016.
Leslie Wheelock,
Director, Office of Tribal Relations.
[FR Doc. 2016-27915 Filed 11-18-16; 8:45 am]