Sunday, October 31, 2010

Alumni in the News: Janie Hipp

Janie Hipp was recently featured for her work leading the Office of Tribal Relations at the USDA in the article, A Face for the USDA in Indian Country by Brenda Austin, Indian Country Today, October 24, 2010.

In the article, Janie talks about the work that the USDA is doing, working with other offices throughout the federal government "to coordinate services and offer a more effective tribal consultation process. Re-drafting consultation practices and policies and offering training and support to senior managers in the 17 agencies of the USDA is helping to streamline information sharing and target which programs within the USDA might best meet a tribe’s need."
“We are working hard to make tribal governments more familiar with the full array of programs offered by the USDA’s 17 agencies,” Hipp said. “For example, Rural Development has an unbelievable amount of programs tribal governments should, and I hope, will access more in the coming years. In the area of housing there are probably 40 different funding lines for rural housing alone. While HUD is terribly important for Indian country, a lot of times USDA’s programs might not be thought of first, or are overlooked.”
We are proud of the work Janie is doing and appreciate the support she has shown to the LL.M. Program.

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