The 2017 Oka' Institute Sustainability Conference, October 10-11, 2017
Quality Water, Now, and in the Future!
The second annual Oka' Institute Sustainability Conference took place on October 10-11, 2017 on East Central University's Ada campus, in the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center. 830 East Main St. Ada, Ok 74820
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Presentations from the conference:
Governor Bill Anoatubby, Chickasaw Nation
Bill Anoatubby, an ECU alumnus, has served as governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987 after consistently being re-elected to that position. In 1979, he was elected the first lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation. In his first term, Anoatubby established goals of economic development and self-sufficiency for the Chickasaw Nation and its people. Today, the Chickasaw Nation is well on the way to achieving those goals. In 1987, the tribe had about 250 employees and today, the Chickasaw Nation employs nearly 14,000 people.
Dr. David Zoldoske, California State University, Fresno
Dr. David Zoldoske serves as the Executive Director of Water Initiatives at California State University, Fresno, where he has been actively working on “water use efficiency” issues for over 35 years. He is the co-founder of the BlueTechValley (BTV) Water Cluster, which was established in 2001, and is recognized by the Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program, EPA Office of Research and Development as the first active water cluster in the US.
He established the Valley Ventures Accelerator at Fresno State, the Central Valley Innovation Cluster and the Water/Energy Technology (WET) Incubator. He also serves as the co-chair of the California Department of Water Resources strategic planning caucus for New Water Technology, the vice-chair of the AB2717 State Task Force on Landscape Irrigation and the past president of the Irrigation Association. Zoldoske was awarded “person of the year” by both the California Irrigation Institute (2015) and the Irrigation Association (2013).
Stephen Greetham, Chickasaw Nation
Stephen H. Greetham presently serves as Executive Officer, General Counsel to the Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce, in which capacity he manages complex litigation on the Nation’s behalf and works closely with tribal leadership on matters of economic development, resource management and protection, and intergovernmental affairs. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he regularly teaches federal Indian Water Law. Greetham was formerly a partner in the Nordhaus Law Firm (Albuquerque, NM), where he served as counsel to several American Indian tribes; he also previously taught federal Indian tax, and Indian gaming law at the University of New Mexico Law School.
Thank you to the 2017 Oka' Institute Sustainability Conference Sponsors!
- ECU Foundation Inc.
- First United Bank of Ada
- Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives
- Seminole State College
- The Nature Conservancy