Colloquim Series | Beyond Box Checking: Meaningful Tribal Consultation in Cultural Resource Management

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Brooks Hall Commons and Zoom
Department of Anthropology

Erin Cagney
Senior Archaeologist
New South Associates

The erasure of Indigenous American tribal communities from the historical record on the East Coast has had long-reaching impacts on the interpretation and perception of Indigenous heritage in Virginia. The relatively recent federal recognition of seven tribal nations in Virginia presents an opportunity for Virginia Indians to finally have a seat at the table for Section 106 consultation. This is also an opportunity for archaeology consultants to engage in meaningful tribal consultation that not only incorporates the perspective of Virginia Indian communities, but also welcomes their participation in archaeological excavations. This talk will discuss the ways in which the Patawomeck and Rappahannock Tribes were meaningfully included in the recent excavation of a precontact site in Stafford County, Virginia. This talk will also touch on the possibilities and limitations of public engagement within the cultural resource management industry.

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