Kelsey Ducheneaux (Cheyenne River Sioux), 24, is a fourth generation rancher and owner of DX Beef. She’s one of a handful of Native farmers and ranchers under the age of 25. The USDA’s Census of Agriculture counted 293 of them in 2012. She’s also the youth programs coordinator for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, helping promote interest in ranching among young Native Americans. Some tribes, organizations and individuals are working to connect the wisdom from elders in the industry to the next generation eager to learn the trade.
Kelsey Ducheneaux (member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) youth programs coordinator for the Intertribal Agriculture Council
Justina Slim (Navajo) – student and rancher
Zachary Ilbery (from Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) – youth representative for the executive board of directors for the Intertribal Agriculture Council
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