New Blackfeet Ag Resource Management Program members include, left to right, Amilia Hitchcock, Emma Hopkins and Meg Desmond.

The Blackfeet Agriculture Resource Management Program (ARMP) recently added new members to their team.

Emilia Hitchcock is an AmeriCorps VISTA intern with the Native Food Sovereignty Fellows program through the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI). She graduated from Montana State University in 2018 with a degree in Sustainable Food Systems and a minor in Native American Studies. Throughout her college career Emilia worked at several restaurants as well as for the Food and Health Lab at MSU and interned with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. Emilia grew up in Loganville, Ga.

Emma Hopkins is a Montana Conservation Corps Intern. She will be working to mitigate the unique obstacles that Blackfeet producers face when applying for NRCS programs, as well as assisting with the implementation of the ARMP. She originates from southeastern Pennsylvania but is currently a senior at Tulane University in New Orleans, double majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies and minoring in Political Science. She is excited to learn from the land and people of the Blackfeet Nation and serve this community.

Meg Desmond is a Big Sky Watershed Conservation Corps member who grew up in Massachusetts before moving to the Green Mountains to attend the University of Vermont. She developed a passion for environmental policy and advocacy through her studies and work with the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Graduating in three years with a BA in Environmental Studies, she crossed Lake Champlain to intern with the Adirondack Council.

Please welcome Emilia, Emma and Meg to the community and to the Blackfeet ARMP team, they are a welcome addition. 

The Blackfeet ARMP document will serve as a long-range plan for the Blackfeet Nation which will provide for the utilization, protection, conservation and restoration of agricultural lands for the benefit of the Blackfeet people and future generations. This will serve to complete and implement a strategic plan for the comprehensive management of the reservations agricultural resources and develop tribal policies based on the visions that the tribe and tribal landowners have for their reservation. 

For more information about the ARMP, contact Loren Birdrattler at 338-7521 Ext. 2370 and via email: lbirdrattler@blackfeetnatio n.com or visit the Blackfeet ARMP website at www. BlackfeetARMP.com and “Like” us on Facebook.

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