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Austin Peay's Southeastern Grasslands Institute Hires First Tribal Liaisons

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Southeastern Grasslands Institute (SGI), based out of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, recently hired two tribal liaisons to advance its partnership with Native American tribes on regional grassland conservation and incorporate Native American ecological and botanical knowledge into its work.

Corlee Thomas-Hill, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), and Gabrielle Patterson (Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb), a historian with a focus on Native American and early American history, have been tasked with building relationships and trust between SGI and Native American tribes. SGI will also hire a third liaison in the coming weeks, enabling the institute to have tribal liaisons in three locations across its 24-state focal region.

These positions were made possible through funding from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's Working Lands for Wildlife Program. The three liaisons will develop and oversee SGI's tribal program and eventually hire six to 12 interns to help meet the following goals:


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