USDA Helps Promote the Power of Powwow Dancing and Career Possibilities

Posted by Stephanie Ho, Appearing Communications Lead, USDA Workplace of Partnerships and Public Engagement in


Nov 21, 2022

Roland Begaye

Roland Begaye, 28, believes in household, associates, colleagues, and the ability of powwow dancing. As a member of the Navajo Nation, in Arizona, he has had many alternatives to look at and take part as a talented powwow dancer himself.

For Mr. Begaye, one other alternative includes the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA), which he first encountered in 2018 when he got here to the Washington, D.C. headquarters for an internship. “We’re tribal faculty college students. We don’t get these alternatives – ever,” he stated, describing that have as, “… simply extraordinary. … I’m Navajo … so it was simply one thing, I don’t know put it in phrases, nevertheless it was simply distinctive.”

That have led him to change his main and he’s now pursuing a bachelor’s diploma in public administration at Northern Arizona College. He’s additionally working in the future per week with USDA’s International Agricultural Service (FAS), “Proper now, I’m creating an app for them,” he stated, “The app focuses particularly on documenting commerce knowledge associated to FAS strategic objectives.”

On the similar time, Mr. Begaye helps FAS recruit tribal schools and universities to take part within the Agricultural Export Market Problem. The brand new program is a collaboration with Hispanic Affiliation of Faculties and Universities and permits faculty college students to study by doing, by having them work on a real-world case research. This system has a December 2, 2022, deadline for collegiate groups to precise their curiosity.

Mr. Begaye is benefiting from USDA’s 1994 Tribal Scholar program, which helps pay for faculty bills like tuition, charges, books, and housing for eligible Native American college students across the nation.

There’s additionally a return-on-investment component to this system. “A part of the 1994 scholarship is nevertheless many semesters they assist me pay for, that’s how (lengthy) I’ve to work with them,” he stated. USDA helps him with two years of his faculty, and in return, he plans to work for USDA for 2 years after he graduates. And after that? “I see myself working within the USDA sooner or later,” he added, “however for now, I’m persevering with with my research.”


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