Tribal College Conference Series on Climate Change Research

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR
Tribal College Conference Series on Climate Change Research: 
Native American Water and Food Security 

College of the Muscogee Nation  *  Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Registration Closes March 24 (Noon)

The first annual Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR Tribal College Conference Series on Climate Change will be held Friday, April 8, 2016, at the College of the Muscogee Nation in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. This year’s conference, “Native American Water and Food Security Research,” will focus on climate variability research in Oklahoma and the potential implications for indigenous and tribal communities. Tribal college students, as well as tribal scientists, faculty and staff interested in these topics, are invited to participate.

The conference will include presentations from notable professionals in tribal climate research, including Dr. Dan Wildcat, author of the widely published book, “Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge.” Breakout sessions will address targeted topics including climate adaptation, water management, and cultural resources. 

Native American students’ research projects will be highlighted during a poster session and competition. Students’ individual and group posters are eligible for presentation and judging in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as indigenous sciences. Awards, sponsored by the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council, will be presented to the top posters.  

The event will conclude with attendees sharing final thoughts and “next steps” via a traditional talking circle. 

The conference is provided free of charge to attendees, but all participants must register via the link at the bottom of this page. Registration closes Thursday, March 24, at noon.  

A special by-invitation-only student mentorship dinner will be held the night before the conference. Invitees will receive their invitations via email. 

The 2016 Tribal College Conference Series on Climate Change is a collaboration between:  Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, College of the Muscogee Nation, Comanche Nation College, Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council, Pawnee Nation College, South Central Climate Science Center, and University of Oklahoma.

Access the agenda. For more information, contact Grant Samms at Register for the event via the orange link at the bottom of this page.

Poster Submission Guidelines and Information

Poster submission guidelines and information may be obtained by emailing Grant Samms at  

Poster Development Resources for Students

The scientific poster template below is being made available by OK NSF EPSCoR to student poster presenters. The template can be easily modified and used to develop posters for this event. Please note that the template usage is not required. Rather, it is provided as a service to those who wish to utilize it. Email Gina Miller at if you need assistance downloading the template.  

Examples of indigenous science posters (Provided for reference purposes only):

The information below, made available by the University of Texas at Austin, is provided as a best-practices guide to general scientific poster development. The online Poster Guide and links provide thorough and easy-to-understand design tips and instruction for students.

Examples of posters developed by students affiliated with the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (OK-LSAMP), may be viewed at OK-LSAMP is a consortium of Oklahoma colleges and universities working together to develop programs aimed at increasing the number of students from under-represented populations who receive degrees in STEM disciplines.

Designated Conference Hotel

Holiday Inn Express, 2780 N. Wood Drive, Okmulgee, OK  74447
Hotel Reservations:  918.756.0100
Ask for the “Native American Conference” room block for the negotiated rate below.
$89/night (Standard); $99/night (King Suite)

  • Reservations expire March 24, 2016, or when maximum capacity has been reached.
  • If tax-exempt, a tax exempt form must be provided by the individual guest at check-in or prior to arrival.
  • Guests are responsible for their own room charges when booked directly with the hotel; no reimbursements will be made.

Individuals with questions about student hotel reservations should contact Scott Ketchum at


Signups closed for this Event