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Fall 2013

Wed. Nov. 13th, 2013

At 7:30 – 8:45 PM, Peck Hall 0312 

LaDonna Brown, Historic Preservation Officer, Chickasaw Nation

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

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.



 Photo: The Exchange Avenue Figurine found during excavations for the Mississippi River Bridge project (photo courtesy of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey)

Thursday November 7th, 2013

At 7:00 pm, Peck Hall 0312

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

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 remnants of 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>>



Past Events

Spring 2012


Wednesday October 10th, 2012

At 6:00 pm, Peck Hall 1309

Dr. Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Mellon Fellow Curator in Native American Art, St. Louis Art Museum

Navajo Weaving in Curatorial and Ethnographic Perspective

Drawing upon extensive fieldwork within a Navajo community and as a curator in an art museums, Jill Ahlberg Yohe discusses the social life of weaving within Native communities and its place within fine art settings. 


Tuesday April 17th, 2012

At 6:00 pm, Peck Hall 1402

Dr. Alice Kehoe, Professor of Anthropology emeritus, Marquette University

Cahokia, Osage, and Mexico: The Vision of Tollan

Cahokia is unique, the only true city in America north of Mexico. Its dates are the same as those traditionally given in Mexican history for the "Toltec empire." Cahokia's grid plan of plazas and mounds looks like the idealized Mesoamerican city known as Tollan, a "Place of Reeds and Rushes." It may have traded fine tanned deer hides and slaves downriver and across the Gulf of Mexico to Mexican markets. Today's Osage Nation believes its ancestors were the lords of Cahokia, and that they traded with Mexico. My presentation has been approved by the Osage Nation now at Pawhuska OK.


Tuesday March 28th, 2012

At 6:00pm, Morris University Center

Presented by Dr. Lani Van Eck

Massacre at Wounded Knee Creek

Hear the untold story that examines the cultural, political, and economic factors leading up to this incident, including new information uncovered by the speaker. This comprehensive overview of the last major military action of the U.S. against the Native peoples of this country is based on meticulous research of historical records, personal papers, and oral histories of the descendants of survivors of the massacre. A balanced perspective that considers both sides of the story is presented along with a vivid description of the event itself. An analysis of the continuing importance of Wounded Knee for present-day Native peoples is offered. The presentation promotes intercultural dialogue by providing a common knowledge base for both cultures, filling knowledge gaps for non-Natives. Over 50 rare archival photographs and hand-drawn maps from the 19th century are presented.


Introducing Visiting Scholar of Native American Studies:

Dr. Annalyssa Gypsy Murphy

In creating this interdisciplinary minor, we hope to involve students in the dynamics of our research. However, our goal in creating a Native American Studies program at SIUE does not end with the creation of the minor. Beyond SIUE, we hope to create a consortium of Native Americans and Native American scholars in the St. Louis region. The dialogue between scholars and Native American residents of the region will benefit scholar and non-scholar alike by exposure to diverse viewpoints. We also hope to attract more Native American students to SIUE, enriching the diversity of student life here.

Visiting Scholar Dr. Annalyssa Gypsy Murphy lead us in this initiative in the 2010-2011 academic year. She came to SIUE with a PhD from Clark University in Massachusetts, where her dissertation research examined Native American literature as a form of social protest. Gypsy is a dynamic teacher and bridge builder of Blackfeet-Cherokee-Scottish-Irish ancestry. We welcomed her and looked to the vision she brought.





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