NAGPRA Coordinator (Regular Full-Time)

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Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office
January 10, 2018
January 24, 2018

Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:45pm

Definition: The Project Coordinator, under general supervision of the THPO Director, helps establish, develop and coordinate the comprehensive projects of the THPO program. Works to enforce regulations, on and off the reservation which brings together Federal required program elements along with the efforts and resources of other tribal nations, federal and state governments, to achieve repatriation of artifacts and remains.
Examples of Tasks
Essential Functions: Essential functions may vary among positions and may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics. This list of tasks ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of tasks performed by all positions in this classification.
1. NAGPRA Program: Assumes the primary responsibility for coordinating, developing and improving the tribes NAGPRA program.
• With guidance and assistance from the THPO Director, implements provisions of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
• Assists the THPO Director with all NAGPRA, National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) and other cultural resource mandates as required.
• Works closely with other tribes, state agencies, federal agencies, located within the Ancestral Migratory Area for the Northern Arapaho Tribe, regarding the "culturally identifiable” and “culturally un-identifiable" provenance issues for Human remains.
• Assesses and evaluates summaries, inventories and documentation provided by Museums and federal agencies for NAGPRA claims determination in cooperation with the THPO Director.
• Maintains open lines of communication with archaeological consultants, federal and state agencies, other Native American Tribes and other entities for NAGPRA compliance and/or repatriation issues and actions.
• Consults with museum and repository staffs to identify and prioritize those sacred objects and items of cultural patrimony the tribe should repatriate.
• Arranges for repatriation of legally protected objects to be removed from museums, repositories, universities, government agencies or private collectors and returned to the Community for appropriate care and treatment in consultation with the THPO Director.
2. Compliance: Assist the THPO Director with complying with all aspects of the NAGPRA.
• Consults with federal, state and other agencies on National American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
• Visits museums and federal repository collections to facilitate NAGPRA and other state burial discovery law compliance.
3. Correspondence & Inventory: Maintains all program records and correspondence that is reviewed by the THPO Director for required follow-up.
• Follows a formal process for assisting the THPO Director with museum notification responses.
• Communicates with other entities to resolve conflicting claims and to work out the details of the repatriation process.
• Establishes and maintains a database system to identify and catalog specific materials such as human remains, sacred, funerary and patrimonial items and their specific location in various museums and repositories. Enters all pertinent cultural resource communication and information into the computerized database.
• Reviews and responds to all correspondence from various museums and other institutions to comply with NAGPRA.
• Reviews and responds to all NAGPRA related correspondence from various museums and other institutions that list and describe artifacts and human remains.
4. Research: Conducts literature and ethnographic research to assist in identifying cultural materials relevant to the Northern Arapaho tribe of Wind River Indian Reservation to support NAGPRA claims.
• Researches inventory documents and obtains pertinent information to collaborate with the THPO Director in order to make cultural affiliation determinations.
• Monitors the Federal Register and other news sources for information relevant to Northern Arapaho interests under NAGPRA.
• Researches and recommends which items should have priority for research and possible repatriation.
• Conducts research on the various culturally affiliated material cultures at museums, libraries and other educational organizations to obtain substantiating information (rightful claim) needed for repatriating materials from museums and facilities under NAGPRA provisions.
5. Reburial Ceremony: Assists the THPO Department with periodic Reburial Ceremonies.

6. Education, Administration & Operations: Keeps informed regarding grants and other potential funding sources in cooperation with THPO Director.
• Assists with overall NAGPRA funding and grant application efforts if needed.
• Provides written reports as necessary.
• Makes presentations on NAGPRA within, and outside, the Community. Presents slides, videos, photographs and explains the compliance process.
• Develops and implements methods to engage the Community school system in the NAGPRA program by speaking to interested groups and arranging Community visits if requested.
• Maintains confidentiality regarding repatriation information and matters as a matter of policy and assists the program in other areas of culture interest.
7. Miscellaneous: Performs other job related duties as assigned by the THPO Director.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics:
• Knowledge of the cultures and traditions, history and oral history of the Northern Arapaho Tribe.
• Knowledge of the purpose, current issues, projects, organization, policies and employee responsibilities.
• Knowledge of Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and other State Burial Laws, the National Historic Preservation Act, Traditional Cultural Places (TCP) and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act.
• Knowledge of the programs and policies of other Tribal, federal, state and private agencies concerned with cultural resource management.
• Skill conducting research in areas specific to cultural preservation.
• Skill with problem solving that sometimes entails dealing with emotionally volatile issues, contending with the clash of traditional Native American and dominant culture values and perspectives.
• Skill establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with a wide range of people including, but not limited to, the following: archaeological consultants, federal and state agency staffs, other Native American Tribes, Community officials, members of the Community and the public.
• Skill with public speaking and the ability to make public presentations to groups within, and outside, the Community.
• Ability to consult with archaeological consultants, federal agencies and Tribal entities.
• Ability to analyze and evaluate information accurately and express ideas clearly both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to form cooperative relationships with others who do not have a direct reporting relationship.
• Ability to use a personal computer including MS Windows and MS Office.
Minimum Qualifications
• Education & Experience: A Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, Museum Studies, Native American Studies or a closely related field, AND two (2) years’ experience in archaeological studies, cultural resources data analysis, education or management required.

• Equivalency: Any equivalent combination of experience and education that will allow the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be considered when filling the position.

• Insurability: Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License and meet the Northern Arapaho tribes’ insurance standards.
Special Requirements
• Special Requirements: May occasionally be required to work beyond normal work hours including nights, weekends and holidays.
o Will be required to travel.
Prior to hire as an employee, applicants will be subject to drug and alcohol testing. Employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
How to apply:
Complete Northern Arapaho Tribal Application form and submit to N.A.T. Human Resources: P.O. Box 396, Ft. Washakie, WY 82514 or submit in person to Human Resources located at the Tribal Complex Building, 533 Ethete Road, Ethete or at Tribal Complex East, 230 West Main, Riverton, WY.
You can also apply online at and click on the HR link. For more information call 307-332-2499 or fax to: 307-335-3596