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USDA Joins the Iroquois Confederacy, Reunites for 2nd Annual Cultural Transformation Day at the Six Nation Indian Village

Earlier this month, volunteers from USDA Rural Development (RD) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) joined hands with representatives from the Six Nation Agricultural Society’s Indian Village to assist in preparations for the grounds use during the 2013 New York State Fair in Syracuse. The afternoon’s activities included painting, planting, raking and a tour of the grounds.

Cultural Transformation is a USDA initiative that strives to improve community relations, outreach opportunities, and encourage employees to achieve high standards. The initiative highlights how USDA is the People’s Department — and continues its commitment to improving customer service while creating a diverse, collaborative and highly effective workforce throughout the USDA’s many mission areas.

The Village is operated by the Six Nations Agricultural Society in cooperation with the State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of State Fair, State Department of Education and Social Welfare and Conservation. It is visited each year by many of the nearly 1 million fairgoers and features arts, education and entertainment including traditional dance, wood crafting and bead working.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our staff to partner with representatives of the Iroquois Nation and work collaboratively to improve not only the landscape here at the Six Nation’s Indian Village, but also to build on our friendship,” said Lee Telega, USDA Rural Development State Director. “We look forward to visiting during the fair and returning for next year’s Cultural Transformation Day”.

For more information on USDA Rural Development programs, available funding and eligibility criteria visit us online at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NYHome.html

USDA RD and FSA Volunteers pause for a group photo at the conclusion of the 2013 USDA Cultural Transformation day at the Iroquois 6 Nation Indian Village at the New York State Fairgrounds. (back) Casey Chamberlain (RD – Loan Specialist), LeeAnn Rider (RD – Loan Specialist), Christina Cerio (RD – Lead Loan Specialist), Karen McDonnell (RD – Loan Specialist), Ora Giles (RD – Equal Opportunity Manager), Nancy Malagisi (FSA - Administration Technician), Sue Galster (RD – Area Technician), John Flocke (FSA - GIS Specialist), Nancy DeJohn (FSA - Support Services Technician), Mark Dennis (FSA - Executive Officer), Heather Grady (FSA - GIS Specialist), Lee Telega (RD – State Director), Jeff Archer (RD – Loan Specialist), Steven Davis (RD – Construction Inspector), Alex Dorman (RD - Appraiser), Erin Farley (RD – Program Technician). (front) Kristen Lombardo (RD – Human Resources Manager) and Ashley Cantello (RD – Human Resources Assistant). USDA Photo.

USDA RD and FSA Volunteers pause for a group photo at the conclusion of the 2013 USDA Cultural Transformation day at the Iroquois 6 Nation Indian Village at the New York State Fairgrounds. (back) Casey Chamberlain (RD – Loan Specialist), LeeAnn Rider (RD – Loan Specialist), Christina Cerio (RD – Lead Loan Specialist), Karen McDonnell (RD – Loan Specialist), Ora Giles (RD – Equal Opportunity Manager), Nancy Malagisi (FSA - Administration Technician), Sue Galster (RD – Area Technician), John Flocke (FSA - GIS Specialist), Nancy DeJohn (FSA - Support Services Technician), Mark Dennis (FSA - Executive Officer), Heather Grady (FSA - GIS Specialist), Lee Telega (RD – State Director), Jeff Archer (RD – Loan Specialist), Steven Davis (RD – Construction Inspector), Alex Dorman (RD - Appraiser), Erin Farley (RD – Program Technician). (front) Kristen Lombardo (RD – Human Resources Manager) and Ashley Cantello (RD – Human Resources Assistant). USDA Photo.

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