Native American Partner

Building and Maintaining Tribal Relationships


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  • 24-hour-a-day access
  • Access to website & mobile version
  • Introductory video by faculty member
  • 10 learning resources
  • Challenge assignment
  • Badge upon completion

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the critical importance of personal ongoing relationships with tribal members
  • Clarify the rights and position of tribal governments in formal consultation processes
  • Develop the perspective needed to avoid confrontational relations with native communities

About This Course

Native American communities and individuals can be found all across the United States, and they have intimate personal association with many American archaeological and historical sites and topics. Centuries of exploitative and exclusionary policies have damaged relations between tribes and non-Native governments, tribes and preservationists, and tribes and anthropologists. This course provides the introduction and framework to allow every preservation leader to be a partner in bridging divides, encouraging native voices in historical interpretation, and pursuing opportunities to engage tribal governments as allies in historic preservation.

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by Jesse Clark McAbee on Native American Course
Native American Partner Course

Excellent course with very helpful research and an in depth look at NAGPRA and the consultation process. Very pertinent to my position as the Curator of three county museums all of which have large NA cultural objects.

by Kelli Mitchell on Native American Course
Native American Partner Course

Provided good information on a topic that I do not get to work with regularly

by Britin Bostick on Native American Course

Really glad to see this topic included in the course. This is an area of historic preservation and cultural resource protection that is not highlighted enough in our field, and introducing practitioners to views, traditions and values that are different from those of a Western European-descended tradition is a great addition to the material.

by Samantha Wolff on Native American Course
Critical Thinking

Allows you to start thinking critically in what marginalized Native American communities must endure, and how to start working with such groups instead of disregarding their concerns.

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