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USDA Educate Tribal Organisations on COOL

23 October 2008
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US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have announced a partnership with four tribal organisations for National Animal Identification System (NAIS) education and outreach.

"We are proud to partner with Indian Country to provide valuable education and outreach on how to participate in the National Animal Identification System," said Bruce Knight, under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs. "I am excited for tribal producers and Tribes to coordinate with APHIS partners, to help ensure our Nation's food safety."


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""I am excited for tribal producers and Tribes to coordinate with APHIS partners, to help ensure our Nation's food safety."
Bruce Knight, under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs.

The IAC and the INCA serve all American Indians and Alaska Natives. INCA's outreach has helped form 30 Tribal Conservation Districts across the United States.

The Intertribal Council of Nevada, which is an independent federally recognized tribal organization that works with 27 tribes in the Great Basin region of Nevada, will provide training and educational events for member tribes.

And the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation, located in Montana, will conduct reservation-wide education about NAIS and complete premises registration on tribally-owned agriculture lands.

These cooperative agreements are part of an outreach effort to small and economically disadvantaged producers through 1890 historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, 1994 tribal land grand colleges and universities, tribal organizations and community-based organizations.

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