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A-dae Romero (Cochiti Pueblo/Kiowa) was born and raised in Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico.  She co-founded and is Executive Director of Cochiti Youth Experience, Inc., a non-profit organization created to create opportunities for Cochiti youth to engage in traditional Pueblo farming as an important process to create a healthy, sustainable, and viable community. She graduated from Princeton University from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She later attended Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where she received her Juris Doctorate degree. She also served as Judge Pro Tem for the Karuk Tribe and the Hoopa Tribe. She is now a LLM Candidate at the University of Arkansas Food and Agricultural Law Program.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seemingly created an untimely protocol of not complying with Executive Order 13175 and the meaningful principles of tribal consultation and sovereignty. In 2013, FDA has proposed three regulations that have substantial direct effects on tribal food businesses and economies without evidence of meaningful tribal consultation. This is…