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The Oka' Institute at East Central University held the 2022 Sustainability Conference on November 8th-9th. This included an immersion dinner celebrating the collaboration between art and water with a performance from Gary Pratt and Caleb Martin, a live painting demonstration from Brent Greenwood, and Chickasaw Nation Storyteller Donna Courtney Welch.

Featured speakers included Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby; Dr. Chris Frey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assistant administrator of Research and Development; new Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Ken McQueen; and ECU President Wendell Godwin.

Oka' wrapped up the event with a field trip to both Bryd's Mill Springs and Enhanced Aquifer Recharge site.

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The Pontotoc Ridge Prescribed Burn Association will be hosting its annual meeting on November 28th from 6:00-7:30pm at 7116 N US Hwy 377.

This will be a great opportunity to learn about the benefits of joining a prescribed burn association and special NRCS program funding for landowners in the Blue River watershed.

Dinner will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Hays at or 254-216-2990.

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Anne Yoncha's class will be showcasing their "Shape of the River" art exhibit

"Shape of the River" is a collaborative effort through Oka's Summer Research Program. "...the name is kind of a play on words. It's about the actual, physical, shape of the river, like if you look from an aerial perspective, but also about the shape like condition, how is the Blue River doing? We know that the Blue River and the aquifer underneath of it are really intimately connected, and of course, we get our water from the aquifer, so it's really important to us, too" says Anne Yoncha.

The reception will be on

October 24th from 2-4pm in Room 110 of the Lanoy Education Building.

Artworks made by:

Dara Archer, Shalia Brown, Tiara Gore, Legend Grissom, Courtney Guthrie, Caitlin Hamilton, John Jaques, Matt Mayer, Beth Neel, Makinsie Pebley, Carlos Ruiz, Athena Scroggins, Dallyn Sullivan, Zadian White, Haley Zummer

Pigments made by:

Rahul Adhikari, Eli Alvarez, Devan Archer, Malik Augustine, Aislinn Beak, Shalia Brown, Abbey Beavers, Allie Mabry, B'rhi Greer, Helena Hedges, Lindsay Humphries, Zaydian Kalstad, Dallyn Sullivan, Destiny Trujillo, Addi Walls, Cole Wells, Johnie Woolly, Haley Zummer

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