Preserving Cultural Landscapes beyond the Reservation Boundary

Author(s): James Harrison

Year: 2016


The Spokane Tribe of Indians Preservation Program conducts a range of projects within the Tribe’s ceded areas in northeast Washington State. The goal of this work is to increase tribal sovereignty and to help preserve intact portions of the Tribe’s traditional landscape and resource patches in order to secure long-term access for tribal members to a mosaic of traditional cultural sites beyond the reservation boundary. The program competes with private CRM firms for archaeology consultation projects, particularly those located in high probability landforms. We work to document and protect traditional places such as hunting/fishing/gathering localities. Cemeteries and other cultural sites located are periodically monitored to ensure they remain undisturbed. In summary this paper describes how indigenous archaeology can serve as a much needed new paradigm in the field of cultural resources management.

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Preserving Cultural Landscapes beyond the Reservation Boundary. James Harrison. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403237)

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