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Mission of the Tribal Liaison Office

The Mission of the Tribal Liaison Office is to foster respectful and mutually productive relationships between Oklahoma Tribes, the students, the University, the community and key stakeholders through culturally appropriate research, outreach and programming. The office works to develop, recognize, connect, promote, and facilitate protocols of reciprocity as they relate to Tribal sovereignty and Native American higher education.

The Tribal Liaison Officer

Photo of Warren Queton, the Tribal Liaison Officer
Warren Queton, Tribal Liaison Officer

The Tribal Liaison Officer works to foster open communication and strengthen institution-to-institution relationships between the University of Oklahoma and the Native Nations in the area of higher education and tribal nation building. The Tribal Liaison Officer is also responsible for analyzing, developing, and implementing a strategic plan for student recruitment and retention among OU’s Native students as well as overall Indigenous student success on campus. The Tribal Liaison Officer serves as the University’s Liaison to the Norman campus for outreach and community engagement which includes developing awareness and understanding of tribal governance, enterprises, and culture among University leadership, administrators, faculty, and staff. 

Primary Duties

  1. Foster open communication and strengthen institution-to institution relationships between OU and Native Nations in the area of higher education. 
  2. Develop and implement a strategic plan for student recruitment and retention and coordinate such efforts between and among OU’s existing related units on the Norman campus. 
  3. Advocate on behalf of OU’s Native students and ensure that students receive appropriate student services by facilitating communication between and among OU’s existing related units on the Norman campus.
  4. Strengthen communication between and among parallel officers at OUHSC and OU-Tulsa, as well as with parallel officers at other state universities, regional colleges, two-year colleges, and tribal colleges.
  5. Serve as the Interim Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion’s liaison to the newly created Native Nations Center and assist with outreach and community engagement for the Center.
  6. Raise awareness and develop understanding of tribal governance, enterprises, and cultures among university leadership, administrators, faculty, and staff.

On OU Campus

The Tribal Liaison Officer works in collaboration with different offices across the campus