The Nez Perce Tribe established the Cultural Resource Program in 1989 under the direction of Sandra McFarland. Since 1989, we have led the effort to protect, preserve, and perpetuate Niimíipuu cultural values.

 

Our Mission

The mission of the Cultural Resource Program (CRP) is to promote the understanding and use of nimíipuu’neewit (traditional Nez Perce life-ways) as integral components of Tribal culture and regional management. The CRP fulfills its programmatic purpose by:

  • Assisting Tribal Leadership in treaty rights protection,
  • Documenting traditional and ancestral knowledge,
  • Integrating nimíipuutimpt within our Tribal community and infrastructure, and
  • Protecting sites, landscapes, and associated knowledge integral to the perpetuation of nimíipu’neewit through meaningful consultation

The Cultural Resource Program consists of 4 major areas that work to fulfill these goals: Archaeology/Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO), Ethnography, NAGPRA, Language, and Hanford Cultural.

Archaeology/Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO)

The Tribal Historic Preservation Officer acts as the State Historic Preservation Office within the external boundaries of the Nez Perce Indian Reservation and external trust properties. Archaeology staff are responsible for reviewing federal, state, and local projects for compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), conducting field surveys, and providing technical comments to federal, state, and local agencies and NPTEC about project effects on archaeological resources.

Ethnography

Ethnography staff document traditional Nez Perce cultural knowledge, including Traditional Cultural Properties (TCP) and historic properties of religious and cultural significance to Indian tribes (HPRCSIT), for coordination with Tribal departments and agencies. By conducting ethnographic interviews with Nez Perce Elders, locating and drawing from historic interviews and reports, and intensively exploring archival collections, Ethnography staff compile essential cultural knowledge into formats that can be used for cultural resource protection for future generations.

NAGPRA

The Cultural Resource Program’s NAGPRA staff are responsible for the documentation, protection, and reburial of repatriated human remains and funerary objects in compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Related work has resulted in the protection and avoidance of several Nez Perce affiliated graves and the documentation and repatriation of countless human remains and funerary objects disturbed by inadvertent discoveries, looting, private collectors, researchers, and museums.

Language

Language staff work to increase levels of fluency with the Nez Perce Language, utilizing nimíipuutimtnéewit ’inp’tóoqsix curriculum to encourage and strengthen language use in homes and communities through community gatherings, school events, field trips, and other outreach activities.

Hanford Cultural

Hanford Cultural Resource staff work with the Department of Energy and other federal agencies and contractors to ensure the protection of cultural sites during clean-up of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation as well as compliance with applicable laws.


Ínenk’a wetéesme hitasápal’u’tetum tamál’winm
The earth obligates me by its Law
— sdafjsldjfa

staff

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Nakia Williamson

Director

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Gabrielle Miller

Project Manager

 

archaeology

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Pat Baird

Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO)
Tribal Archaeologist

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Jenifer Chadez

Field Archaeologist

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Jarvis Weaskus

Cultural Resource Specialist

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Charlie Reuben

Cultural Resource Technician


Ethnography

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Mario Battaglia

Ethnographer

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Amanda Samuels

Cultural Resource Specialist

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Jackie Jim

Cultural Resource Technician

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Mary Johnson

Cultural Resource Technician

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Marquel Greene

Cultural Resource Technician


NAGPRA

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Robert Taylor

NAGPRA Specialist


Language

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Thomas (tátlo) Gregory

Language Coordinator

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Angel Sobotta

Language Coordinator

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Bessie Walker

Language Coordinator

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Gary Greene

Language Technician

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Andrea Ramsey

Language Technician


Hanford Cultural 

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Mike Sobotta

HCR Coordinator

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Josiah Pinkham

HCR Cultural Specialist

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Jared Norman

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Jessica Glindeman

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Lucy Samuels