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LaDonna Brown portrait

LaDonna Brown, Historic Preservation Officer, Chickasaw Nation presents:

A Day in the Life of a Historic Preservation Officer at the Chickasaw Nation

November 13, 2013

At 7:30 – 8:45 PM, Peck Hall 0312 

Sponsored by Native American Studies and the Departments of Anthropology, Historical Studies, Philosophy, and Political Science, as well as the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration



Brad H. Koldehoff, Chief Archaeologist, Illinois Department of Transportation

Building Bridges and Excavating Ancient Cities: IDOT Archaeology, Tribal Coordination, and the New Mississippi River Bridge Project

November 7, 2013

At 7:00 pm, Peck Hall 0312

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration,is constructing a new bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis. From 2009 through 2012, teams of archaeologists uncovered the well-preserved remnantsof an early Mississippian tradition city (A.D. 1000-1250). Nearly 6,000 habitation features were discovered beneath layers of rubble. The unexpected discovery of a mound remnant and associated human remains posed one of several challenges that were resolved through meaningful consultation among Native American tribes, archaeologists, and engineers. This presentation summarizes significant archaeological discoveries and the tribal consultation process.

For news story in This Week in CAS click here:

For a YouTube video about the Mississippi River Bridge archaeological excavations, click here:

For photos and summary of Mr. Koldehoff's presentation click here>>




Courtney Doole

Courtney Doole Wins Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Award for Study Abroad in Summer 2013

April 25, 2013

Courtney Doole, who is currently an anthropology major at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is one of over 700 outstanding American undergraduate students from 270 colleges and universities across the U.S. who have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to participate in a study abroad or international internship program during the summer 2013 academic term. Courtney Doole will be applying her scholarship towards participation in the ethnographic field school in Suriname led by Dr. Aminata Cairo of the Anthropology Department. Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad program costs.  The list of all students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and country of study, is available at

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship was founded by former New York representative, Benjamin A. Gilman, who served in Congress for 30 years. He is a champion for education who believes firmly in the value of studying abroad. The scholarship is funded by the US Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, and is distributed by the Institute of International Education. Recipients compete for the scholarship against students from all over the country through a rigorous application process. They are also required to complete a follow-up service project upon their return. Designed to enable study abroad for traditionally underrepresented students and destinations, awardees have visited over 125 different countries internationally. More information is available on the website:

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