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Next Speaker MONDAY October 3, 2022 at 7pm at the Kit Carson Board Room

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Tonight's Speaker Michael Burney

My career as an applied archaeologist began in 1975, while residing in Boulder, Colorado. Before relocating to Taos in 1997, I participated in numerous archaeological projects throughout the western United States. Unfortunately, not one of these projects had the benefit of Native participation. That is, until 1987, when I was hired in Denver, by the Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT) to establish a tribal archaeological contracting program for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) in Pendleton, Oregon. Finally, after 12 years as a contracting archaeologist, I had the unique, and long overdue, opportunity of working with indigenous people in American archaeology. Since that time, I've had the honor of working with many tribes, including: Tribal Archaeologist for the Rosebud Sioux and Yankton Sioux of South Dakota; and, the Ft. Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes and Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana. I continue to strongly advocate and support Native involvement in American archaeology. My B.A. in anthropology was awarded by the University of Idaho, Moscow, in 1971. My M.A. in Western American Prehistory was awarded by the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1991.

 

Presentation Title:

 

"Tribal Archaeology is American Archaeology"

 

Presentation Synopsis:

 

Historically, American archaeology failed to acknowledge American Indian (Native) ownership of the indigenous "cultural resources" being recorded, evaluated for their "significance," curated in museums, and described in unpublished reports, professional papers, and published articles and books. This glaring omission not only failed archaeology but Native people, as well. However, with the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, specifically, amendments enacted in 1980 and 1992, federally recognized tribes, of which there are now 574, slowly began to assume their rightful place in contract archaeology, better known as "cultural resource management." Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) have sovereign authority over their tribal cultural resources within the external boundaries of their reservations; in addition to, considerable influence on their historically utilized aboriginal lands. Another significant federal law is the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA) providing much needed protection of Native human remains and associated burial goods.












 

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History of Taos Archaeological Society Project


 An effort is currently underway to build a historical timeline of TAS events and history! We need your help!

The Taos Archaeological Society has operated for 34 years. In that time, many documents have been produced. Unfortunately, TAS does not have a complete record of documents produced and distributed.

  We are in need of documents/publications that date from September 1999 through February 2014. 

 You can help by contributing:

Past bulletins, meeting minutes, financial statements, member lists, and other communications. 

Thank you for your continued support of the Taos Archaeological Society.

For more information, or to send documents, please contact Paul Mcguff  at pmcguff@aol.com


                                                                                             


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