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By Nancy Marie Spears
Gaylord News 

Chickasaw woman gets USDA post, one in a string of Indigenous nominees


Last updated 10/4/2021 at 10:06am

Janie Simms Hipp

Janie Simms Hipp, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, was one of several Ingidenous nominees when she was confirmed this summer as general counsel to the U.S. De-partment of Agriculture.

WASHINGTON-For the first time in history, an Indigenous woman is overseeing U.S. agriculture law.

Janie Simms Hipp, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, was confirmed July 30 by the Senate as general counsel for the Agriculture Department. She joins a list of successful Indigenous appointees.

Pending nominations include Charles F. Sams III, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, who was nominated in August to oversee the National Park Service, and Robert Anderson, a member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, nominated in April to be solicit...

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