2019 Intertribal Nursery Council Annual Meeting and

Tribal Alliance for Pollinators Workshop


Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 8:30 AM CDT
Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 4:30 PM CDT

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel -- Downtown Tulsa 
616 W. Seventh Street
Tulsa, OK 74127-8983

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Jeremy Pinto 
Intertribal Nursery Council jeremy.pinto@usda.gov

Jane Breckinridge                                 Tribal Alliance for Pollinators jane@nativebutterflies.org


Don't miss the 2019 Intertribal Nursery Council meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma!  We'll be joining forces with the Tribal Alliance for Pollinators this year, and have a roster of speakers that will inspire and educate you.  You'll learn cutting edge techniques for how to produce native plants in your greenhouse, and why restoring the land with them is so important. 

The conference will include a field trip to the Quapaw Nation's O-Gah-Pah greenhouses that supply their Downstream Casino Resort chefs with vegetables and herbs, as well providing the interior and exterior landscaping for the facility.  The field trip will also visit the Eastern Shawnee hoop houses to learn more about their native plant and food sovereignity project led by Andrew Gourd.

As a bonus, this year's event will also include a private tour of the Native American art collection of Philbrook Museum with the collection's curator, followed by a tour of their world class ornamental gardens, pollinator gardens and edible teaching garden.

Our new location is confirmed! We will be meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in beautiful downtown Tulsa:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel -- Tulsa Downtown
616 W. Seventh Street
Tulsa, OK 74127-8983
  • The new venue will honor the previous reduced lodging rate of $99/night + tax and free parking (including daily parking). Because the conference is rapidly approaching, reservations must be made by June 4 to receive the reduced rate.
  • Please click HERE to book your room online at the reduced rate.
  • If you prefer to call, use the following number and mention the “Intertribal Nursery Council”: 800-838-7914
The DoubleTree has a complimentary airport shuttle service. Please contact the hotel directly at 918-587-8000 to use this service.


Travel grants and scholarships are available!  For Intertribal Nursery Council members, please contact Jeremy Pinto at jeremy.pinto@usda.gov or (208) 883-2352 for information on how to qualify for and coordinate travel funds.  For Tribal Alliance for Pollinators members and all others, please contact Jane Breckinridge at jane@nativebutterflies.org or (651) 343-8951.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with tribes engaged in the most innovative native plant and nursery projects in the country!  Registration for this very special conference is FREE but space is limited.  Register today! 

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, June 11 – DoubleTree Hotel, 616 W. Seventh Street

7:45-8:30 Registration

8:30      WelcomeJane Breckinridge, Tribal Alliance for Pollinators, Leonard, OK 

8:35      Welcome Jesse Allen, Secretary of the Interior, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Okmulgee, OK

9:00      BlessingNorma Marshall, College of the Muscogee Nation, Okmulgee, OK

9:10      Welcome and meeting overview Jeremiah Pinto, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, ID

9:15      Keynote: Stewardship as sovereignty: a tribal environmental agenda for the 21st CenturySara Hill, Secretary of Natural Resources, Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, OK

10:00     Break 

10:30   Environmental initiatives in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation – James Williams, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Environmental Department, Okmulgee, OK

11:00   Cultural perspectives on conservationLewis Johnson, Assistant Chief, Seminole Nation, Wewoka, OK

11:30   Native Americans, monarchs, milkweed and land useChip Taylor, Monarch Watch, Lawrence, KS

12:00   Lunch (included with registration)

1:30      Depart for afternoon tour

1:50-4:30        Philbrook Museum: Native American Art Collection, Gardens (2727 S Rockford Rd, Tulsa, OK 74114)

4:30-7:00        Philbrook Museum Reception (included with registration)

Wednesday, June 12 DoubleTree Hotel, 616 W. Seventh Street

8:30      Welcome and meeting logistics – Jeremy Pinto

8:35      USDA-NRCS Programs for pollinators, monarch butterflies and seasonal high tunnels Dr. Carol Crouch, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Stillwater, OK

9:05      Culturally significant plants and climate change April Taylor, Chickasaw Nation, South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, Norman OK

9:15      Greenhouse management: minimizing pathogens and propagation of unstudied and challenging first foodsGretchen Graber, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton, OR

9:40      Success of installing native plants plugs in Bromus tectorum dominated landscapes - Steven Link, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton, OR

10:00 Break (information sharing by Native American Agriculture Fund – Karli Moore)

10:20   New seed collection zones for the eastern United StatesCarolyn Pike, USDA Forest Service, West Lafayette, IN

10:45   Building resiliency with native seeds, Navajo Heritage ProgramJesse Mike, Navajo Natural Heritage Program, Flagstaff, AZ

11:10   Green workforce training and the National Green Infrastructure Certification ProgramKen Parker, Buffalo Push, Buffalo, NY

11:30   Student Ignite PresentationsMary James, University of Idaho; Lucy Samuels, University of Idaho; Desirae Kissell, University of Arizona; Andrea Carter, University of Arizona

12:00   Depart for field tours (box lunch on bus)

2:00      O-Gah-Pah Greenhouses and Coffee Roastery – Dawn Wormington (69300 E Nee Rd, Quapaw, OK 74363)

3:30      Eastern Shawnee of Oklahoma Greenhouses – Andrew Gourd (10080 S Bluejacket Rd, Wyandotte, OK 74370)

4:30 – 6:00 Traditional Dinner (included with registration)

8:00 Return to hotel

Thursday, June 13 (Euchee Butterfly Farm, Leonard, OK)

9:00      Welcome and logistics

9:05      Target Plant Concept and TEKJeremiah Pinto, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, ID  

9:30      What is RNGR and what can RNGR do for you?Diane Haase, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR

10:00   Break

10:30 Understanding the habitat needs of different types of native bees - Chip Taylor, Monarch Watch, Lawrence, KS 

11:00   Seed collecting and cleaning: low-tech methods and tipsBridget McNassar, Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center, Carnation, WA

11:30   Eagle PresentationJennifer Randell, Citizen Potawatomi Eagle Aviary, Shawnee, OK

12:00   Lunch (included with registration)

1:00      Euchee Butterfly Farm overview TEAM, TAP, Natives Raising Natives, history

1:15    Farm tour

2:00      Dormancy and germination in native plantsOlga Kildisheva, Verdant Consulting Group, Seattle, WA

2:30      Break

2:45    Roundtable discussion: controlling non-native invasives

3:30    Roundtable discussion: studies of successful restoration projects

4:00    Roundtable discussion: learning from mistakes, the greatest hits

4:30 Closeout Dinner (included with registration)

6:30    Adjourn