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The Jemez Mountains Ethnohistoric Assessment: a Critical Examination of an Alternative Approach to Consultation

Author(s): Howard Higgins ; J. Michael Bremer

Year: 2017

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Most consultation occurs as part of NEPA and/or Section 106 compliance. That is, there is a predefined, location specific undertaking that concerns traditional communities, such as Native American entities, who are contacted and with whom consultation occurs. This is not, however, the only, or even the best, process by which traditional peoples may be included in consultations with land managers. Some land managing agencies have recently been adopting more proactive approaches. One example of such an approach is that recently followed by Santa Fe National Forest staff. This approach was designed to create and foster on-going communication with traditional communities concerning projects within those portions of their traditional lands under management by the Forest Service in the Jemez Mountains of central New Mexico. This approach included the initiation of consultation with both Native American tribes and traditional Hispanic organizations well in advance of the federal actions. This paper examines the original concept of the consultation, how it was implemented, and results. Difficulties and drawbacks (as well as strengths and benefits) of the approach are discussed.


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The Jemez Mountains Ethnohistoric Assessment: a Critical Examination of an Alternative Approach to Consultation. Howard Higgins, J. Michael Bremer. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430071)


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Abstract Id(s): 13227

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America