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USDA 1994 Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities Program

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The Tribal Fellowship Suite / Terra Preta Do Indio Program

The Tribal Fellowship Suite / Terra Preta Do Indio Program is a suite of USDA fellowships available to faculty and staff at 1994 land-grant tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). These fellowships target and address mutual areas of interest between 1994 Land-Grant TCUs and USDA and provide training about resources and opportunities available at USDA. This uniquely tailored experience brings together 1994 tribal land-grant faculty/staff and federal executives to address the spectrum of challenges faced in the development of a well prepared American Indian and Alaska Native workforce. In addition, the fellowships offer the opportunity to develop collegial relationships with others at 1994 tribal land-grant colleges and universities and USDA through which collaboration and mutual learning can take place.

If you are interested in participating in any of the below listed Tribal Fellowship Programs contact, Lavinia (Vinnie) Panizo at lavinia.panizo@osec.usda.gov or 202-657-9989

2014 Land-Grant Development / Tribal Fellows Program

This fellowship first convened June 1 - June 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.This fellowship is available to 1994 TCU Faculty and Staff working in the areas of agriculture, conservation, natural resource, science, or community development to broaden and deepen their understanding of USDA and to further advance the development of their schools land-grant function.

Executive / Tribal Fellowship Program

This fellowship is available to 1994 TCU Presidents, Vice Presidents, Chancellors, and Senior Administrators to broaden and deepen their understanding of USDA and to further advance the development of tribal land-grant institutions. [Date To Be Determined]

Science / Tribal Fellowship Program

This fellowship is available to 1994 TCU faculty researchers and science research educators to broaden and deepen their understanding of USDA and aid in the development of their research programs. [Planning for 2015]

Student Coordinator / Tribal Fellowship Program

This fellowship is available to 1994 TCU staff that works directly with students to provide guidance in identifying USDA scholarship and internship opportunities. [Date To Be Determined]

Signficance of the term Terra Preta Do Indio

Terra Preta (Dark Earth) is the name assigned to a nutrient earth developed by pre-Columbian Amazonian peoples that sustained the development of a civilization.  This soil is believed to be a human construction to supplement the poor soils within the Amazon River Basin that generates new bio-matter at the rate of 1 centimeter per year.  This development made intensive agriculture possible and is considered to be one of the greatest agriculture accomplishments by indigenous people in the Americas. Modern technologies derived from the studies of this soil are bio-char and carbon sequestration.