Blackfoot Nation chief speaks to FFA convention-goers
Indiana: Earl Old Person is 82-years old and one of the longest serving chiefs of the Blackfoot Nation in Montana. Recently, Old Person spoke to thousands of teens packed into Conseco arena for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) National Convention.
Future Farmers of America is an agricultural education group for youth. Old Person was glad to speak regarding FFA's long-standing ties to Native Americans.
"I am inspired by young people who love agriculture, leadership and the pursuit of their education," he said.
FFA has long been
active on tribal lands. Old Person belonged in the 1940s. Today, 210 chapters have
Native American members.
Old Person's 10,000-resident Blackfoot reservation is tucked
along the Canadian border. He was elated to find his Native
American culture front and center on the FFA's main stage.
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