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Home arrowNews arrow New England Native Youth Event Encourages Historic Preservation Careers

New England Native Youth Event Encourages Historic Preservation Careers

As part of the ACHP’s growing Native Youth Program, in late July it co-hosted a day-long event to introduce Native youth from Southern New England to the field of historic preservation to discuss issues, concerns, and career opportunities. Members of the Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Mashpee Wampanaog, Aquinnah Wampanaog, and Nipmuc tribes participated. Professors from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography are training Narragansett students in underwater cultural resource management and also attended.

Participants visited the Mohegan Archaeological Field School, now in its 20th year, and learned about an 18th-century site being studied by this year’s field school and how the Mohegan Tribe partners with non-tribal archaeologists to learn about their past. A lunch roundtable discussion followed—focused on issues related to historic preservation—that allowed experienced historic preservation professionals from area tribes and the University of Rhode Island to share with tribal youth their knowledge and experiences, and answer questions. The day concluded with a trip to Cochegan Rock, an important cultural and historic site for the Mohegan Tribe. Tribal youth led dances and songs as part of the day’s activities.

The event was hosted by the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut and co-coordinated by the Mohegan THPO and the ACHP Office of Native American Affairs. This was the third event coordinated by the ACHP in 2015 as part of its Native Youth Program designed to introduce Native youth from across the country to the field of historic preservation. InDecember 2014, President Obama announced the launch ofGeneration Indigenous (Gen-I), an initiative focused on improving the lives of Native youth by removing barriers between them and opportunities to succeed. The ACHP’s Native Youth Program supports the Gen-I initiative by introducing Native youth to historic preservation as a potential career choice and providing Native youth an opportunity to voice concerns regarding protection of sacred sites.

 

Posted August 10, 2015