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Greta Gustafson, one of 10 scholarship winners in ag related fields, is seen pulling a calf on the Cross Three Ranch.

The Blackfeet Nation Stock Growers Association is proud to announce the awardees of their 2021 Scholarship! This year the BNSGA was able to offer 10 scholarships with the help of the Native American Agriculture Fund youth-grant and fiscal sponsorship from the Piikani Lodge Health Institute. This scholarship was meant for Blackfeet Tribal members and descendants pursuing agriculture related careers.

The BNSGA designed this scholarship to promote Blackfeet youth in agriculture to push back against a system that has not been designed with Native farmers and ranchers’ best interest in mind.

It is difficult for young people to enter the agriculture industry. Our young producers are the key to the health of our ancestral lands and continuing to keep our agriculture economy strong. There is also a need to support our Native youth in non-producer agriculture jobs. They will be the ones to take their upbringing in the Blackfeet Nation and use it to create a system that works with Native farmers and ranchers in mind. The BNSGA believes providing financial support to Native agriculture students will serve to strengthen Native leadership in the Blackfeet Nation now and in the future.

We want to take the chance to highlight the 10 amazing students who are receiving the scholarship - Blaise Arrowtopknot, Danielle Antelope, Greta Gustafson, Jolee Bullshoe, Latrell Bullchild, Latrice Tatsey, Mariah Gladstone, Morgan Sellars, Owen Gustafson, and Ryan Kipp.

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Neil Parsons

Excellent photo of what really happens, from time to time..!

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