Courtesy Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
Traditional dancers perform for USDA development directors, many of whom had never seen the like and who enjoyed it immensely.

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 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.

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

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.


Governor Eddie Hamilton presented USDA Deputy Under Secretary Patrice Kunesh (accepting for USDA Under Secretary Lisa Mensah) with a Pendleton blanket in appreciation. (Courtesy Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe)

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