"Nation to Nation" consultation meeting and tours announced

Pictured: Quapaw Nation Chairman John L. Berrey, left, and Gary O’Neill, Oklahoma Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist.(Photo: United States Department of Agriculture)

Oklahoma leadership for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council are hosting a “Nation to Nation” Tribal Consultation Meeting and Tours on August 19–20

News Release

United States Department of Agriculture

Oklahoma leadership for the agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC) are hosting a “Nation to Nation” Tribal Consultation Meeting and Tours on August 19–20 at the Downstream Casino Resort, 69300 E Nee Road, Quapaw, Okla.

This is truly a special event with all of Oklahoma's sovereign tribes having been invited to attend. 

“We are very excited, and very humbled, to have this opportunity to host the USDA Nation to Nation Consultation,” said Quapaw Nation Chairman John L. Berrey. “We have tremendous enthusiasm for the programs and facilities we have created that seek to advance the great causes of conservation and environmentalism, and I’m eager to show those to you. We hope this is only the beginning, and that we can all continue to grow and support one another in the most important undertakings.” 

“The Nation to Nation consultation event is a great way to share successes and discuss things USDA can improve on in Indian Country,” said Gary O’Neill, Oklahoma Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist. “This consultation leads to stronger and more effective partnerships between Tribes in Oklahoma and USDA.” 

The eighth annual meeting will begin at 1:45 p.m. on Aug. 19 with a tour of the Quapaw Nation’s conservation accomplishments. This will include the O-GAH-PAH Brewery, O-GAH-PAH Coffee, O-GAH-PAH Bison, O-GAH-PAH Pride Kennel, the Greenhouse and Pollinator Gardens, O-GAH-PAH Honey and Goats, and the O-GAH-PAH Mercantile. 

The evening will provide an opportunity for participants to visit Tribal booths where they will be showcasing their economic development and conservation accomplishments. Food served during the evening social and the following day’s lunch are great examples of what makes this event special. All the food utilized for the meals are from the Tribes of Oklahoma: The bison, the beef steak, vegetables and desserts. The meat is from their herds and the vegetables are grown in their seasonal tunnel and gardens. Chef Greg Bolton of the Downstream Casino Resort will utilize the Choctaw Nation pecans and Chickasaw Nation Bedre’ chocolate for all the different desserts. During the lunch, there will be a menu card for each place setting listing what is on the buffet that day for lunch. This will let participants know where the food they are eating was produced. 

The Tribal Consultation meeting, hosted by the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council, will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 20 with the Honor Guard and Opening Prayer. The morning session will include tribal success stories. The lunch prepared by Chef Bolton is planned for noon. After lunch, the schedule includes a Tribal Consultation and networking opportunities followed by the closing prayer at 2 p.m. Next, attendees will leave at 2:45 p.m. for the Tribal Conservation Tour, which includes the O-GAH-PAH Farmers Market, the O-GAH-PAH Feeding Facility, the O-GAH-PAH Cattle Operation, the O-GAH-PAH Meat Processing Facility, and the O-GAH-PAH Mercantile. 

"This event provides us with an opportunity to engage tribal leaders and administrators from across Oklahoma and helps us identify ways that USDA can better serve tribal governments and tribal members, particularly those that are engaged in farming and/or ranching,” said U.S. Department of Agriculture-Oklahoma Natural Resources Conservation Service Tribal Liaison Dr. Carol Crouch. "We realize that protecting natural resources and preserving the land for future generations is a major priority among American Indian tribes. We are looking forward to the opportunity to discuss ways that tribal governments and tribal members can better utilize U.S. Department of Agriculture resources."

For more information on the Nation to Nation Tribal Consultation, contact Crouch at 405-742-1203 or carol.crouch@usda.gov

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