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Center for Native American Research & Collaboration (CNRC) Indigenous Research & Projects Conference

March 21-22, 2024

Washington State University Pullman


The WSU Center for Native American Research & Collaboration (CNRC) invites you to the second annual Indigenous Research & Projects Conference, focusing upon the intersections between Indigenous knowledge, scholarship, and nation building.

Welcome Reception: March 21, Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Keynote Address:
March 22, CUB Senior Ballroom: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM

KEYNOTE: Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, Collaboration for Self-Determination: Research and Scholarship for Indigenous Empowerment & Decolonization.

Description: Engaging with Indigenous knowledges, Indigenous Science, Traditional Ecological Knowledges, place-based learning and tribal communities requires a refocusing from “consultation” or even “collaboration” toward an empowerment model for upholding sovereignty and self-determination. This includes working to empower Indigenous students, communities, and ongoing projects of land return, environmental justice, and education. This keynote presentation will discuss key projects focused on land justice, food sovereignty, and decolonial frameworks for engaging with Tribal nations and organizations. The talk explores the history of cultural knowledge exploitation, new programs and initiatives including Place-Based Learning and the Rou Dalagurr: Food Sovereignty Lab and Traditional Ecological Knowledges Institute at Cal Poly Humboldt; and the resurgence of Indigenous science and knowledges as moving beyond “interdisciplinary” work toward “undisciplined” research and scholarship that innovates new approaches to building decolonial tribal partnerships and tribal leadership.

Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy is an Associate Professor of Native American Studies at Cal Poly Humboldt. She researches Indigenous feminisms, California Indians, Environmental Justice, Indigenous Natural Resource Management, mental health and cultural interventions, and decolonization. She is the Co-Director of the NAS Food Sovereignty Lab & Traditional Ecological Knowledges Institute and Co-Investigator on an NSF INCLUDES Planning Grant for inclusive STEM pedagogy for Native American Students at Cal Poly Humboldt. Her book: We Are Dancing For You: Native feminisms and the revitalization of women’s coming-of-age ceremonies received “Best First Book in Native American and Indigenous Studies” at the 2019 Native American Indigenous Studies Association Conference. She is Hupa, Karuk, and Yurok and enrolled in the Hoopa Valley Tribe.


Posters and Presentations: March 22, Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Poster and Oral Presentation Submissions:
Please submit an abstract of 500 words or less. We welcome submissions from upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and professionals engaged in Indigenous Research and Programs, especially as they support tribal sovereignty and nation building.

$30.00 for faculty, researchers, practitioners, and community members.
$5.00 for Upper-Level Undergraduates or Graduate Students.
Refreshments and Friday Lunch are included with registration.

Registration can be accepted at the door, but food may be limited.




Organized by WSU Office of Tribal Relations and Native American Programs.

With support from the WSU Office of Research, the College of Education, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the President.


For further information, contact Ken Lokensgard, PhD, Co-Director, Center for Native American Research and Collaboration.


WSU Pullman is located on the homelands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce Tribe and the Palus people.

See full land acknowledgement.