2021 ITBC Annual Membership Meeting Virtual Site!


Welcome to the 2021 ITBC Annual Membership Meeting!

If you’re attending on Zoom, please bear with us, as this is our first hybrid-style membership meeting! Our goal is that you are able to interact with presenters and attendees as much as participants who are here in person. Each session will have time for you to ask questions and interact.

For a full conference agenda, download here: ITBC Annual Membership Meeting Agenda

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Click here for Zoom Link for Entire Day 1 Meeting Weds, June 2, 2021: Day 1 Zoom Link

Click here for Membership Action Item Attachment: 19.10.24-25 ITBC Membership Meeting Minutes

Time Main
9:00 am

Opening of Meeting

Call to Order; Opening Prayer; Roll Call/Introductions
9:30 am


Opening Remarks - Ervin Carlson, ITBC President
10:00 am

Induction of New Tribes

Spiritual Leader (Chester Whiteman); Jason Baldes (ITBC Secretary)
10:45 am


11:00 am

Membership Action Items

Approval of Minutes; Policy Revisions
11:30 am

Treasurer’s Report

Financial Report - Lance Tissidimit
12:00 pm

Lunch (On Your Own)

1:45 pm

Executive Director Report

Arnell Abold, Executive Director
2:15 pm


3:00 pm

National Bison Association

Dave Carter, Executive Director, NBA
3:30 pm

Wildlife Conservation Society

Cristina Mormorunni, Director US Field Conservation & Regional Director Rocky Mountain Region
4:15 pm

Election of Officers

Election of Vice President and Secretary Positions

Thursday, June 3, 2021

ZOOM LINK: 9:00am-10:00am MST, Panel Discussion: Ask a Buffalo Veterinarian: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89914473714

ZOOM LINK: 10:30am-5:00pm: Herd Health Track: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82902860247

ZOOM LINK: 10:30am-5:00pm: Range Health Track: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81839593911

Time Herd Heath Track Range Health Track
9:00 am

Panel Discussion: “Ask a Buffalo Veterinarian”

Dr. Jenny Powers, NPS; Dr. Ray Loretto, Pueblo of Jemez, NM; Dr. Don Woerner, Laurel, MT
10:00 am


10:30 am

Buffalo Caregiving: General Principles of Successful Herd Health Management

Dr. Don Woerner

Input Session for Creating a Training & Learning System for Buffalo Landscape

Dr. Diana Doan Crider & Dr. Trudy Ecoffey
12:00 pm

Lunch Break – On Your Own

1:30 pm

Update on Bison Genetics Studies

Dr. Jim Derr

Bison Engineer the Green Wave

Dr. Chris Geremia
2:15 pm

Assessing Genetic Diversity & Relatedness of Bison across North America

Dr. Cynthia Hartway

Getting Involved with NRCS Programs & Services

Darrel Duvall
3:00 pm

Afternoon Snack Break – Capital Peak Foyer

3:30 pm

Mineral Programs and Nutrition for Buffalo

Karson Rippstein

Drought Management Funds for Rangelands

Chuck Hemphill
4:15 pm

Revitalizing Bison Herds in Tribal Communities

Dr. Ray Loretto

Indigenous People’s Burning Network: Prescribed Burning for Range Management

Dr. Mary Huffman and Corissa Busse

Friday, June 4, 2021

ZOOM LINK: 9:00am-10:00am MST, Panel Discussion: Planning for Drought & Resilience to Climate Change: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82850144216

ZOOM LINK: 10:30am-3:00pm MST: Food Sovereignty Track https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84415746127

ZOOM LINK: 10:30am-3:00pm MST: Marketing Track: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89052997319

ZOOM LINK: 3:00pm-5:45pm MST: Buffalo Program Highlights, General Session Wrap Up, and Closing Prayer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83825260144

Time Food Sovereignty Track Marketing Track
9:00 am

Panel Discussion: “Planning For Drought & Resilience To Climate Change”

Dr. Chris Geremia, Dr. Jeff Martin, James Rattling Leaf
10:00 am


10:30 am

Meat Processing as a Measure of Food Security in Indian Country

Roger Fragua, Chris Roper, and Osage Nation

Creating Added Value Marketing Opportunities For Tribally-Managed Buffalo Programs

Jennifer Malaterre
12:00 pm

Lunch (On Your Own)

1:30 pm

Revitalization and Mobile Livestock Unit

Pati Martinson

Marketing 2.0: Implementing All-Inclusive Marketing Solutions for ITBC Tribal Buffalo Programs

Toby Brusseau
2:15 pm

Buffalo on the School Lunch Menu

Andrea Alma

Digital Buffalo Consciousness: The Buffalo Treaty Goes Viral

Tasha Hubbard
3:00 pm

Snack Break (Capitol Peak Foyer)

3:30 pm

Buffalo Program Highlights & Discussion

Scott Anderson, Randy Hawk & Nathan Hart, Melissa Berns
5:00 pm

General Session Wrap Up/Closing

Ervin Carlson, ITBC President, Blackfeet Nation
5:30 pm

Closing Prayer

Chester Whiteman, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of OK