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79th Plains Anthropological Conference 2022 | October 12-15, 2022 | Oklahoma City, OK


Ethics and Inclusion Committee Policy Statement

The Plains Anthropological Society (PAS) is committed to ensuring the safety, well‐being, and inclusion of all our members and guests at PAS-sponsored functions. We request that all participants at our annual meeting, including guests and other attendees, follow our conference code of conduct as well as verify they have not been cited or censured under Title IX, by the Register of Professional Archaeologists, or by any other adjudicating body, such as a college or university, nor are they subject to a current restraining or no-contact order issued by a judicial authority that will be violated by attending this conference. Questions about this policy can be directed to the PAS President.


The 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City - https://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/oklahomacity/

The 21c Museum Hotel is situated in a former Ford Motor Company assembly plant and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Building upon this strong foundation and it’s rich industrial heritage, the 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City is a contemporary art museum, a 135-room boutique hotel with spacious guest rooms, a cultural civic center, and the home of Mary Eddy’s Dining Room led by executive chef Jeff Patton. There will also be additional dining and bar areas open only to guests of the Plains Anthropological Conference!


The spacious guest rooms at the 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City feature high ceilings and large steel windows, offering expansive views and abundant daylight. The custom-designed furniture and luxurious beds provide a comfortable respite from the vibrant public spaces of the conference rooms, restaurants, and the museum.

All rooms have been secured at a rate of $160/night, which is relatively low for downtown Oklahoma City. You can book your room at this rate by following this link: https://book.passkey.com/e/50334171

Student Accommodation

A total of 4 Luxury Loft 1.5 suite rooms have been reserved for groups of students looking to share rooms to cut down costs. These rooms have a King bed, a twin daybed, a couch, and a rollaway bed that can accommodate groups of 4-5 individual guests.

You can book your group room by following this link: https://book.passkey.com/e/50334182

NOTE: When making the reservation only add 3 people on the reservation. (The website will not let you choose more than three guests.) Before checking out, add to the reservation notes the number of guests you actually plan on staying (4 or 5) and if you will need a rollaway bed to accommodate everyone.

(Please do not use if you do not plan on booking for a group of less than 4.)



Oklahoma City is centrally located in the state and crossed by several major interstate systems (including I-35). Most should have no trouble finding a relatively direct route to the conference! There is valet parking available for $28 per day or a self-parking garage is across the street from the hotel for $5 per day.


The Will Rogers World Airport services Oklahoma City and is a short 10-minute drive away from the conference venue and hotel. While there is no shuttle from/to the airport, the hotel is just 8.5 miles away and rental cars can be booked out of the airport terminal. Taxis, Lyft, and Uber are other options.

Getting around OKC:

Most of the major car rental agencies operate out of the Will Rogers World Airport if you decide to rent a car. However, there are taxis, Lyft and Uber, and a streetcar system that can help you to get around the city if you choose to not bring your own transportation. The area around the hotel and conference venue is also walkable and has a number of bars, breweries, restaurants, and other dining options at various price ranges.

General Information and Schedule

Field Trips -

  • Wednesday – Touring Paleoindian Beaver River Complex Bison Kills ($55, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m; Tour is limited to 24 people.)

    • This once-in-a-blue moon tour will take you to northwest Oklahoma, but not quite to the panhandle. There, along the Beaver River valley, you will visit Jake Bluff, the largest Clovis era bison kill site on the Plains; Cooper site, home to the oldest painted bison skull on the Plains; and Badger Hole, just another Folsom bison kill for your viewing pleasure. Together, these three sites define one of the densest concentrations of Paleoindian large-scale bison kill sites on the Plains. You will see for yourself the unique geomorphologic setting of these three sites and wonder in awe at the possibility that many more such sites are preserved along this reach of the Beaver River. In addition to learning about late summer/early fall bison hunting, you will hear the latest on paleoenvironmental reconstructions in this area.

  • Saturday – Tour of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in OKC ($20, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tour is limited to 24 people.)

    • This field trip includes lunch followed by a private behind the scenes tour of the collections and unlimited access to all galleries and grounds. As part of the collections tour, we will look at unpublished ledger art, hide paintings, and various material cultural items. While exploring on your own, you can tour the galleries and exhibits as well as the traditional Native American dwelling spaces. Working with Tribal representatives, the Museum recently constructed a Pawnee earth lodge, Caddo grass house, Chickasaw council house, Kiowa tipi, and a Hopi home. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is America’s premier institution of Western history, material culture, and art. Founded in 1955, the Museum exhibits an internationally renowned collection of art and objects that reflect the variety of peoples, cultures, and histories from the American West. For more information, visit: https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/

Thursday Evening Reception - Oklahoma History Center. Light refreshments and a selection of beers will be served.

  • The Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Driver, Oklahoma City, OK 73105) is an eighteen-acre, 215,000 square-foot learning center exploring Oklahoma’s unique history of Native culture, pioneers, aviation, commerce, and more. The Oklahoma History Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

    • This year, guests will be able to tour the exhibits and also participate in a networking event sponsored by the Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network, government agencies, and contract firms. Organizations and companies will have booths set up to advertise their excellent work and to speak with potential new employees. This event will be especially useful for students and other members who are looking for new employment opportunities.

Friday Evening Banquet and Speaker - Pre-Banquet Happy Hour/Cash Bar with Banquet Dinner to follow ($65). Conference attendees may attend the keynote speaker presentation free of charge.

  • Banquet Speaker: Chase Kahwinhut Earles. Mr. Earles is a member of the Caddo Nation and a potter who uses traditional hand building and firing techniques to create art pieces that reflect his heritage while also drawing from pop culture. In Mr. Earles own words: "I also strive to present a new ceramic and sculptural interpretation from my own experiences and as my own artist but as an ambassador to my Caddo tribe and its ancient cultural identity.” More information on his work can be found here: https://www.caddopottery.com/about

Conference Organizers

If you have any questions, please email Brandi Bethke and Sarah Trabert at conference@plainsanthropologicalsociety.org

Brandi Bethke
Oklahoma Archeological Survey

Sarah Trabert
University of Oklahoma, Department of Anthropology


Registration before September 25
Regular Member: $165.00
Regular Non-Member: $240.00
Students: Free*
Tribal Member: Free*

*Note that to present, students and Tribal members must be current members of the Plains Anthropological Society; students and Tribal members do not need to be members to only attend.

Registration after September 25
Regular Member: $200.00
Regular Non-Member: $240.00
Students: $65.00
Tribal Member: $65.00

*You must be logged in to your PAS website account prior to registration. If you do not have a current username and password, create a free account now!

Start your registration here 

Refund Policy: Conference registrants can request a full refund of registration and banquet payments up to September 16th and a 50% refund up to September 26th. All payments are non-refundable after September 26. However, if the conference is cancelled or postponed for COVID-related reasons, we will fully refund all registration and banquet payments. Conference fees for advertising, vendor tables, tours, merchandise and the banquet are non-refundable. To request a refund please contact Sarah Trabert at conference@plainsanthropologicalsociety.org

Abstract Submissions

Call for Papers

The Plains Anthropological Conference is a large regional meeting that attracts professionals and students from across the Great Plains. This conference encourages the exchange of ideas and information pertaining to peoples and cultures of the North American Great Plains. The 2022 conference will be October 12-15 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We encourage papers, posters, and organized sessions on topics related to Anthropology and Ethnohistory on the Great Plains.

Presenters at the 2022 Plains Anthropological Conference must be current members of the Plains Anthropological Society and must register for the conference prior to submitting their abstracts. Please note that Tribal members and students will receive complimentary registration to attend the conference but will need to be members of the Plains Anthropological Society to present.

Visit your My Account page to start your abstract submission AFTER you have registered for the conference.


Symposia Proposals due September 2, 2022

Completed Symposia Packages due September 9, 2022

General Session Paper/Poster Abstracts due September 16, 2022

Conference Merchandise

2022 Plains Conference t-shirts, bandanas, and stickers are available for purchase.These items can be included in on registration orders, or if you've already registered, can be purchased separately via the swag and events order page. Limited quantities will also be available for purchase on-site in OKC.


Students who register prior to September 25th will receive free registration to attend the Plains Anthropological Conference in Oklahoma City. Students do not need to present a paper or poster to qualify for this opportunity.

The Annual Student Workshop will again be hosted by the Student Affairs Committee. More information about the workshop and how to RSVP will be available soon.

The Student Paper and Poster Competitions encourage and recognize students who present professional quality papers and posters at the annual conference. All students attending are invited to compete for these annual awards. All competition participants will receive one complimentary ticket to the conference banquet, where cash prize winners will be announced. For more information and competition guidelines, visit the Student Paper Competition and Student Poster Competition pages.

The Native American Student Award is a grant of up to $1000, intended to help defray the costs of tuition, books, room and board for qualifying Native American student(s). The successful recipient(s) will also receive a one-year membership in the Plains Anthropological Society that includes a subscription to the peer-reviewed journal Plains Anthropologist.  Separate grants are available to undergraduate and graduate students in Anthropology. Chosen recipients will be announced at the conference banquet. Interested students may learn more about the award and how to apply on the Native American Student Award page.

Undergraduate Student Travel Grants are available to support undergraduate travel to the annual meeting in Oklahoma City. Award amounts will vary, with a minimum of $250/recipient. Details on the 2022 application process will be coming soon. For more information, visit our Awards Page.

Vendors and Advertising

Visit our Exhibitors and Advertisements Portal to order table or program space. Contact Brandi Bethke and Sarah Trabert with questions: conference@plainsanthropologicalsociety.org.  

Vendor Tables (6 feet in length)
1 table: $100.00
2 tables: $150.00

Conference Program Advertisements
¼ page: $150.00
½ page: $250.00
1 page: $500.00


We invite individuals and organizations to be a part of the 2022 Plains Anthropological Conference by becoming a Sponsor! We are seeking donations to support initiatives aimed at increasing student and Tribal member participation in PAS, such as helping to offset the cost of attending the conference, banquet tickets for the student paper and poster competition participants, and other activities and events that are open to all members. 

For more information and to donate, visit our donation page at https://plainsanthropologicalsociety.org/form/annual-meeting-donations.

Mobile App

A mobile app for the Plains Conference will again be available in 2022. The app has many handy features, including a digital schedule, the ability to set reminders, search for a particular author, venue map, and more! Check back for the app download link as we approach October.

If you have the app from 2021, you will still need to download the newest version when it becomes available. The old app will not update.

Covid Policy

We are committed to doing everything we can to making sure that this year’s conference is enlightening, enjoyable, and safe. To that end, we urge all attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The science on vaccination leaves no doubt that it is a powerful means of protecting ourselves and those around us against infection and the many individuals and community-level impacts of infection.

We strongly encourage all attendees to wear masks in indoor spaces, including while presenting posters and attending sessions, workshops, or other meetings. Exceptions to this requirement are for speakers when they are presenting their papers and while eating or drinking. Social distancing is also recommended.

These policies are subject to change based on current CDC and State guidelines.


The 79th Annual Conference Logo was designed by Brandi Bethke who drew inspiration from the painted bison skull at the Cooper site (Oklahoma).