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Biden Nominates Native American Advocate as Top Attorney for USDA

  • Administration has vowed to redress past racial discrimination
  • Follows $5 billion fund for minority farmers in covid relief
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden chose an advocate for Native American farmers to be the top legal officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the administration seeks to redress a history of racial discrimination in farm loans and aid.

Janie Simms Hipp, a member of the Chickasaw Nation and chief executive officer of the Native American Agriculture Fund, is the president’s intended nominee to be USDA general counsel, the White House announced Monday. The position requires Senate confirmation.