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First Americans Land-grant Consortium (FALCON)

FALCON is a non-profit, professional association, sanctioned by motion of the AIHEC Board of Directors, that represents administrators, faculty and staff at 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (Tribal Colleges and Universities).  The FALCON portal shares information, fosters partnerships, promotes professional development and serves as a resource center for its members. 

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​The First Americans Land-Grant Consortium (FALCON) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 12th Annual Conference, scheduled for November 5-7, 2016, at the Hotel Albuquerque At Old Town.  Please register for the conference and reserve your hotel rooms now.

The conference will include sessions on the successes in teaching, extension services and research that benefit Native American students, communities, governments and lands.  The conference focuses on research, education, and community programs at 1994 Land-grant Institutions conducted by students, faculty and staff.  There will be a strong student focus and tribal college students are especially invited to participate and present their work.  The conference will also include USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Project Director sessions, as well as training workshops and information-sharing opportunities. 
This year for the first time, we are excited to announce two pre-conference mobile workshops on Friday afternoon, November 4, 2016.  Participation in a mobile workshop requires a $50 fee paid in advance to cover transportation and logistical costs.  Meals and transportation will be included.  Two workshops are being offered:
1.  Culinary Arts with Chef Bailey:  Renowned chef and Culinary Instructor at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Leonard Bailey will introduce participants to basic culinary skills and techniques.  This hands-on workshop will allow participants to help plan and prepare a delicious meal using traditional and contemporary ingredients.  Meal included.  Time: Depart Hotel Albuquerque at 1:00 p.m.; Return to hotel at 5:30 p.m.
2.  Campus and Gardening Tour at IAIA:  Participants will be introduced to the state-of-the-art campus and the land-grant gardening programs at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  IAIA gardens integrate small agricultural business development, youth development, health and wellness, and culture into the planting and caring of traditional and contemporary crops.  Meal included.  Time: Depart Hotel Albuquerque at 12:30 p.m.; Return to hotel at 6:30 p.m.
This year we are again accepting online registrations.  To register online, click on FALCON 2016 Registration. Registration fee payments can be mailed or paid in advance with a credit card.  Check and cash payments only will be accepted on-site.
Applications for faculty and student presentations and poster exhibits are being accepted now (click on FALCON 2016 Call for Presentations).  Applications are also being accepted for travel scholarships for student poster and panel presenters (click on FALCON 2016 Scholarship). 
Please see the attached documents, which include the Registration Form, Call for Presentations Application Form, the Student Scholarship Application Form, and the Tentative Agenda.
We look forward to joining with you in learning about the programs being conducted within the 1994 land-grant community. Should you have any questions regarding the FALCON Annual Conference, please contact John Phillips at (573)268-5700, and at


​The 2016 Edition of the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions Directory has been released. It contains contact information for 1994 administrators, extension directors, faculty and staff. Please see the attached directory.


FALCON is pleased to announce the availability of the 2015 Conference Pack that contains presentations and other materials shared at the conference in Denver, CO, on November 7-9, 2015.  You can access this material by clicking the menu header “Resources,” and then clicking on the “2015 Conference Pack” library.  Open the “0-1 Read Me First” document at the top of the file list for further instructions.



This Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool is made available by the First Nations Development Institute.

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