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Notification Is Not Consultation: Ethical Practices in Community and Indigenous Archaeology

Author(s): Kelsey Noack Myers ; Alvin Windy Boy. Sr.

Year: 2016

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In the quarter of a century since the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was enacted, attempts to involve descendant Native communities in research on and interpretation of archaeological resources have been met with limited success. Blurred lines delineating ancestral lands and migration routes across modern state boundaries, historical political alliances, and dynamic cultural identities often cause confusion and a defeatist attitude in approaching and working with Native tribes and organizations. Current federal policy often seeks enforce consultation requirements, but disparate institutional priorities and goals often result in the burden being placed on the understaffed and underfunded Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs) that represent each tribe. Many tribes are now becoming more assertive about having a place at the table in the consultation process, but are still met with resistance, often due to poor planning wherein no portion of a project budget or timeline is allocated to consultation.

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Notification Is Not Consultation: Ethical Practices in Community and Indigenous Archaeology. Kelsey Noack Myers, Alvin Windy Boy. Sr.. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434352)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 166

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