A special celebration of Native American heritage will mark a special highlight of the 84th National FFA Convention, October 19-22 in Indianapolis. The celebration will pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans especially in FFA, agriculture and agricultural education.
There are 210 FFA chapters that serve students who self-identify as Native American. These chapters are found in 20 states across the country. “The uniqueness of the celebration provides a bridge to connect the National FFA Organization to communities and people too often overlooked,” said Dr. Dwight Armstrong, National FFA Organization chief executive officer.
The spirit of the Native American Heritage Celebration is anchored in building community with an emphasis in empowering and advancing Native American youth in agricultural education programs and FFA chapters throughout the country. Students, teachers, state leaders, elders, tribal leaders, non-profit organizations and government agencies are invited to attend the convention and to engage in dialogue on how to close the achievement gap of Native American youth in education and career success.
Formerly known as Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization provides agricultural education to more than 523,000 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,487 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.