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CNRC Indigenous Research Conference

10:00 AM – 2:30 PM, March 24, 2023

Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center

Washington State University Pullman


The WSU Center for Native American Research & Collaboration invites you to the first annual Indigenous Research Conference, focusing upon the intersection between Indigenous knowledge, scholarship, and nation building. We look forward to learning from experienced researchers and knowledge keepers and to creating networking opportunities for young scholars and tribal professionals.

KEYNOTE: Dr. Theresa Jean Ambo (Gabrieliño-Tongva), Realizing the Possibilities of Research Partnerships in Nation Building.

Dr. Ambo is an Asst Professor and co-director of the Indigenous Futures Institute at UC San Diego. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA and is a William T. Grant Scholar, class of 2027. Her primary research examines historical and contemporary relationships between public universities and local Native nations. Currently, she facilitates a community-engaged research project with members of the Kumeyaay Nation, which examines the entanglements of UC San Diego with Indigenous dispossession. Theresa also writes with friends and colleagues about trans-Indigenous education and land acknowledgment practices.



The conference will also feature a poster session, oral presentations, lunch and entertainment, and a student social hour.

REGISTRATION: 30 dollars for faculty, staff, and non-students. $15 for students. Registration includes refreshments and lunch. Scholarships may be available for WSU system students. 

POSTER and ORAL PRESENTATION SUBMISSIONS: Please submit an abstract of 500 words or less. Please also note whether you would like your submission to be considered for an oral presentation. We welcome submissions from upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and professionals engaged in Indigenous Research, especially as it supports tribal sovereignty and nation building.

Registration and Submission Links will go live here on February 1

Invited talks, concurrent with poster session, will be announced soon.


9:00 AM -10:00 AM: check-in and poster set-up. Light refreshments provided

10:00 AM -12:00 PM: Posters and Concurrent Breakout Sessions

12:00 PM -1:00 PM: Hosted Lunch and Entertainment

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Keynote Address – Dr. Theresa Ambo, Realizing the Possibilities of Research Partnerships in Nation Building

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Student Social. Light refreshments provided.






FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check back or contact Dr. Ken Lokensgard (, Co-Director of the Center for Native American Research & Collaboration

Organized by WSU Office of Tribal Relations and Native American Programs, with Suport from the WSU College of Education

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

See full acknowledgement.