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Jim Sawgrass talks about southeast Native American culture, during the 2nd Annual Southeastern Indian Festival, hosted by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PBCI) near Atmore, Alabama, in rural Escambia County, on April 3, 2014. Many traditional tribal ways of life, art, and culture were demonstrated during the festival.

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American Indian/Alaskan Native Emphasis Program

It is the policy of the NRCS to conduct a positive and continuing American Indian Employment Program that provides equal employment opportunities for Native Americans in all personnel management polices and activities.

November is Native American Indian Heritage Month. American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month originated in 1915 when the president of the Congress of American Indian Associations issued a proclamation declaring the second Saturday in May of each year as American Indian Day. The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November 1990 as National American Indian Heritage Month. Similar proclamations have been issued every year since 1994.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the population of American Indians and Alaska natives, including those of more than one race. According to "We the People: American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States," a special report based on the 2000 Census, American Indians and Alaska natives make up 1.5 percent of the total population.

North Dakota AI/ANEPM Responsibilities

  • Increase the total number of American Indians in all Professional, Administration, Technical, Clerical, Other (PATCO) categories, series, and grade levels.
  • Encourage the participation of American Indians in all NRCS sponsored programs.
  • Provide a network of professional support for American Indians in NRCS.

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North Dakota American Indian/Alaskan Native Emphasis Program Manager (AI/ANEPM)

Jeffrey Desjarlais
Soil Conservationist (Tribal Liaison)
(701) 477-3167