Coalition of Indigenous and Collaborative Archaeologists

Coalition of Indigenous Archaeologists logoI am co-founder of a professional organization known as The Coalition of Indigenous and Collaborative Archaeologists ( Representing a small but rapidly growing number of archaeologists in the post NAGPRA age (there are currently three Native American professors in archaeology in the US), our central goal lies in advancing the interests and visibility of Indigenous peoples within the field of archaeology. CICA represents members that are involved in academic institutions, museums, and Tribal, state and local governments.

GoHawaii imageI have initiated research among Native Hawaiian archaeologists in the Hawaiian Islands. Through a grant in the Department of Earth Sciences, I helped teach an introductory seminar and research project for Stanford students interested in the intersection of heritage tourism and sovereignty among Native Hawaiians ( This is in anticipation of the Society for American Archaeology’s 2012 symposium in Honolulu. I have served as chair of the SAA’s Indigenous Populations Interest Group for the past four years. Prior to this I was Chair of the Committee on Native American Relations. I have been an invited speaker at plenary sessions within the SAA and in January (2011) was an invited speaker at the plenary session of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Society for American Archaeology

Society for American Archaeology imageIn 2009, I was invited to contribute an essay to the 75th anniversary of the SAA on the relationships between Native Americans and archaeologists in North America, “NAGPRA and Indigenous Peoples: The Social Context and Controversies, and the Transformation of American Archaeology” in Voices in American Archaeology: Society for American Archaeology 75th Anniversary Special Volume. Throughout my career, I have gently (and sometimes not so gently) nudged archaeologists in a direction that reflects the importance of including multiple perspectives in the interpretation of the past. I believe that the future of the discipline requires that archaeologists abandon the reflexive confrontation that characterized the 1990’s and that the interests of both parties are enhanced through collaboration, conversation and dialogue. Any healthy discipline welcomes these encounters.