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PAWNEE – Pawnee Nation College, PNC, is hosting the 2017 Tribal College Series on Climate Change March 30 - 31.
This year the series theme is “Sovereign Leadership and the Responsibility of Resource Protection” and the focus is on the role of elected leaders and what they must do to protect community resources such as of water, land, food and environmental waste management.

Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte (Citizen Potawatomi) is the luncheon Keynote Speaker for Friday, March 31. Dr. Whyte holds the Timnick Chair in Humanities at Michigan State University. He is also Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, a faculty member for the Graduate concentration program in Environmental Philosophy & Ethics, and a faculty affiliate of the American Indian Studies and Environmental Science & Policy programs. His primary research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples, as well as the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. This research has recently extended to cover issues related to food sovereignty and justice.
Janie Simms Hipp, J.D., LL.M. (Chickasaw) is Founding Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Prior to launching the Initiative, she served in the Obama Administration as the Senior Advisor for Tribal Relations to Secretary Tom Vilsack, and prior to her appointment within the Office of the Secretary she served in the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA as the National Program Leader for Farm Financial Management, Risk Management Education, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.  She also served at USDA Risk Management Agency as the Risk Management Education Director.  Prior to her work in Washington at the national level, she has had a long career in the field of agriculture and food law.  She has been a licensed attorney in Oklahoma for more than 30 years and specializes in food and agriculture law and Indian law.

Selected tribal leaders from north-central Oklahoma are being invited to discuss their resource management plans as well as giving information on their future plans for resource protection.
This series of conferences is supported by funding through the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Program, or OK-EPSCoR. EPSCoR funding has been instrumental in assisting many collegial and community-based events to stimulate students in science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) careers across Oklahoma.
The conference is underwritten with support from the OK-EPSCoR program and Pawnee Nation College. The opening date of activities is Thursday, March 30 at PNC’s Leading Fox Hall with registration beginning at 9:00am to 12:00pm noon; lunch and all additional activities for Thursday and Friday will take place at the Roam Chief Hall and Gymnasium.

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