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Educating the USDA on Oklahoma’s Rich Native History

Ryan Mullen, Oklahoma’s State Director of USDA Rural Development, recently held a quarterly regional meeting to educate his colleagues.
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Ryan Mullen, Oklahoma’s State Director of USDA Rural Development, recently held a quarterly regional meeting bringing colleagues from across the southeastern U.S. to Oklahoma. At the meeting, Mullen introduced his colleagues to the unique culture of western Oklahoma. The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes honored the USDA guests with a reception rich in cultural history, traditional dance and a tour.

Courtesy Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe

Cheyenne Chief Gordon Yellowman took a personal interest in the USDA representatives, instructing Max R. Finberg and Sam Rikkers about tribal practices.

According to the tribal website the tribe has experienced significant growth in its economic development goals to promote and enhance self sufficiency and self determination, all while creating jobs in the areas of enterprise management, business development, construction, agriculture, land conservation, buffalo, horse, and cattle ranching.

Courtesy Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe

Governor Eddie Hamilton presented USDA Deputy Under Secretary Patrice Kunesh accepting for USDA Under Secretary Lisa Mensah) with a Pendleton blanket in appreciation.