The Tribal Historic Preservation major is designed to train resourceful, skilled, multi-disciplinary preservationists and promote the leadership of tribal people and governments in cultural resource management. The curriculum is grounded in a unique combination of Native American Studies, History, Anthropology, Natural Resources, Museum Studies and Native Language Studies.
The Tribal Historic Preservation Program emphasizes the ways in which indigenous groups, archaeologists and museums have successfully integrated Native philosophies and principles into preservation programs and includes approaches to consultation, interpretation and representation, field techniques and archaeological methods. Students will also learn about a range of historic preservation programs that have fostered mutually beneficial and culturally appropriate collaborative research while empowering and contributing to Native communities and institution.
The Associates of Arts Degree in Tribal Historic Preservation is intended to fulfill the needs of students who seek a basic knowledge of historic preservation and approaches to cultural resource management through coursework in Native American Studies, history, Native language and anthropology.
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Tribal Historic Preservation curriculum builds upon the knowledge and skills of the Associate of Arts Program, providing students with a broad-based knowledge of historic preservation strategies, archeological and historical methods, field techniques, Native American civilization, language, material culture, arts and science. Students will become familiar with the application of the social sciences, humanities, technology and law to historic preservation goals as articulated by elected tribal governments, tribal elders and communities.
Graduates with the Associates of Arts degree in Tribal Historic Preservation will be qualified for entry level positions in tribal historic preservation offices, tribal cultural departments, tribal museums as well as employment as archaeological technicians with private cultural resource management firms and government agencies.
Graduates with the Bachelors of Arts degree will be prepared to obtain employment as managers or directors of tribal historic preservation programs, cultural departments, or tribal museums as well as mid-level positions in historic preservation programs in state or federal agencies as well as private cultural resource management firms and museums. Graduates with the Bachelors of Arts degree will also be qualified to continue their education in graduate school and earn their Masters or Doctorate. Having done so, these candidates can look forward to employment in senior positions in tribal historic preservation programs, state or federal agencies, private cultural resource management firms and academia.