Assistance for American Indian and Alaska Native Producers to Apply for USDA Discrimination Financial Assistance Program
The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) is encouraging all Native producers to apply who believe they experienced discrimination by USDA-FSA loan programs before January 1, 2021. To facilitate the application process, USDA is offering multiple submission methods, including digital applications through an online portal, or traditional hardcopy submissions via mail or hand-delivery to regional processing centers, however, producers are strongly encouraged to use the online portal, when possible, to ensure a smooth and error-free submission process.
"Applying for financial assistance is not just about securing support," said Kari Jo Lawrence, IAC's Chief Executive Officer. "It's about empowering Native producers and ensuring they are recognized for their contributions in agriculture."