Loading Events

Northern Plains’ 52nd Annual Meeting

Friday, November 10th at 9:00 am - Saturday, November 11th at 7:00 pm

2502 1st Ave N, Billings, MT, 59101

Our favorite gathering of fellowship, fun, and learning is right around the corner, and we’re bringing you movers and shakers from across Montana and beyond to help us commemorate the occasion! Join us at Northern Plains’ 52nd Annual Meeting: From Our Roots, to the Future.

From the day we were founded, Northern Plains has championed deep rooted values of courage, equity, and stewardship. Like Montana’s history, our values and our rich story of grassroots power set us apart. This year, we will explore how to channel that power into tackling the problems we collectively face today.

From transforming our energy economy and food system, to creating more resilient communities in oil and gas country, Northern Plains is building the next generation of grassroots leaders to become agents of change. Join us as we carry lessons of perseverance and people power forward to create a sustainable future for generations of Montanans to come.

This year, we’ll be in a brand new location at The Pub Station in Billings. We’re excited to come together in a locally owned and operated space that builds community and cultivates creativity.

The two-day event allows us to reconnect with old friends, meet new, likeminded individuals, and learn about all the great work that’s happening across the state. We’ll learn more about transforming our energy systems, oil and gas bonding and reclamation, the history of Montana Indian Education for All, and keeping our farmers and ranchers on the land through agricultural succession. We will also be offering a virtual streaming option via Zoom to allow anyone to learn from our speakers and panelists, no matter where they live. Plus, we’ll have plenty of entertainment, opportunities for connection, and a great auction with one-of-a-kind Montana-made goods, local art, getaways, and more. We hope to see you there!

Patrick Certain and Claire Overholt pose next to their crops at Stone Soup Garden.

Northern Plains’ 52nd Annual Meeting
November 10-11
The Pub Station
2502 1st Ave N, Billings

Keynote Speaker

John Boyd is back for another year!

John Boyd is a prominent defender of civil rights and president of the National Black Farmers Association. A fourth generation farmer, John founded the NBFA in 1995 after experiencing the US Department of Agriculture’s discriminatory practices firsthand and learning other Black farmers faced similar discrimination. Now, the NBFA advocates for Black farmers’ rights across America. Boyd is a past nominee for the NAACP’s highest honor, the Springarn Award, and formerly served as an agricultural advisor for the state of Virginia.

Schedule

Friday, November 10th

12:00 PM

Registration opens

1:00 PM

Meeting of the Membership 

4:30 PM

BREAK

5:30 PM

Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council Cowboy Supper

6:30 PM

Staff Skit

7:00 PM

Social time at the Pub Station

10:00 PM

Last call

Saturday, November 11th

9:00 AM

Registration opens

9:30 AM

Opening remarks

9:45 AM

Session 1: Oil and Soil: How stronger protections and innovative reclamation can create resilient communities in Montana’s oil and gas country

10:45 AM

BREAK

11:00 AM

Session 2: Keeping Our Farmers and Ranchers on the Land

12:00 PM

Lunch and awards

1:15 PM

Keynote: John Boyd 

2:00 PM

BREAK

2:15 PM

Session 3: History of Montana Indian Education for All 

3:30 PM

BREAK

3:45 PM

Session 4: Transforming Montana Communities Back to the Future

5:00 PM

Mary Fitzpatrick on Planned Giving 

5:15 PM

BREAK

6:00 PM

Dinner and fun

Events in bold will be available over Zoom. Members attending virtually are encouraged to participate in discussion and vote during Friday’s Meeting of the Membership, however Saturday’s sessions will be live-stream only.

Schedule subject to change.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

***

Northern Plains remains committed to the health and safety of our community in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We recommend all in-person attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they are able to do so. We will abide by CDC safety recommendations and have masks available. Please stay home if you are sick or have tested positive for COVID.

Upcoming Community Events

Check out these upcoming events in your area!

Annual Garden Cleanup at HOTR

Annual Garden Cleanup at HOTR

Our favorite gathering of fellowship, fun, and learning is right around the corner, and we’re bringing you movers and shakers from across Montana and...
Read More
Park County Megawatt Solar Celebration

Park County Megawatt Solar Celebration

Our favorite gathering of fellowship, fun, and learning is right around the corner, and we’re bringing you movers and shakers from across Montana and...
Read More
Local Government Review Panel Discussion hosted by YVCC

Local Government Review Panel Discussion hosted by YVCC

Our favorite gathering of fellowship, fun, and learning is right around the corner, and we’re bringing you movers and shakers from across Montana and...
Read More

Stand up with us to protect this place we all call home.

WordPress Lightbox