Technical Assistance Specialist
- Intertribal Agriculture Council
Keir Johnson-Reyes is a member of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma and works for Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC), the nation’s largest and longest standing Native American agriculture organization. As a Technical Assistance Specialist with IAC, Keir serves 138 California and Nevada Tribal communities and individual agricultural producers by assisting with eligibility, access, and interface involving federal, state, local, and organizational resources. Keir’s areas of focus include agriculture, natural resources/land management, community development, government to government intermediacy, and Native youth leadership development. He has a background in education, outreach, traditional seed preservation, organic vegetable production, community engagement, project development and administration, and permaculture design.
During his tenure with IAC, Keir has co-developed the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California Tribal Conservation Advisory Council and is currently working with Tribal and agency representatives in Nevada to develop a state level Tribal advisory council there. He served as a coordinating lead author on the California Tribal Climate Assessment as part of the state’s 4th Climate Assessment. In 2015, Keir co-founded the Braiding the Sacred network of indigenous traditional corn growers which focuses on supporting the perpetuation of traditional heirloom corn varieties from Canada to South America, with a focus on communities in the United States. He has individually visited and coordinated with nearly one hundred Tribes in the region he serves and beyond. Keir continues to be invited to speak as a guest lecturer at universities and community events on topics concerning Tribal food sovereignty, community food systems project development, and Native youth leadership and engagement.