Conference attendees discuss posters with presenters.
Oklahoma Tribal Resource Conservationist Melanie Oliver, discusses Osage
grazing with conference attendee.
Conference participant listens as Art Muller talks about the Oklahoma
Tribal Conservation Advisory Council.
For the second year in a row, the American Indian
Alaska Native Employees Association (AIANEA) and the Asian Pacific
Islander Organization (APIO) held a joint employee training conference.
This year’s conference took place in Spokane, Washington, August 11-15,
Attendees were given the opportunity to share their NRCS success stories
through poster presentations. Stories varied from partnership successes,
to delivery of conservation programs to all populations, to the
effectiveness of NRCS services and practices being implemented across
the nation. There were a total of 27 poster presentations.
NRCS Oklahoma received recognition for presenting four posters. Carol
Crouch, district conservationist and national AIAN civil rights
committee member, presented two posters entitled, “NRCS Oklahoma:
Working Effectively with American Indian Tribes Across Oklahoma”, and
“Conservation on Tribal Lands…Through Strong Partnerships”. Ann Colyer,
Tribal resource conservationist for the Choctaw Nation, presented
“Choctaw Nation—Conservation & Outreach”. Melanie Oliver, Tribal
resource conservationist and the Native American Program Manager for the
Oklahoma civil rights committee presented a poster entitled “Osage
Mowana Koyiyumptewa, AIANEA youth member, received a $200 scholarship
from the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC) for her
poster presentation. The presentation featured the significance of corn
within her Hopi culture.
Others displaying posters at the conference were the OTCAC, the NRCS
national civil rights committee members, and the National Active and
Retired Federal Employee (NARFE) Association.