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Governmentality and Social Capital in Tribal/Federal Relations Regarding Heritage Consultation

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2012,31 Aug 2015

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University of Nevada - Reno Reno United States

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This final report summarizes the third and final year of a project studying what appears to be an impasse in tribalfederal discourse regarding heritage consultation as currently practiced in the United States. We use Foucaults concept of governmentality to address cultural resource management CRM practices for a qualitative study addressing why tensions between tribes and federal agencies arise in heritage discourse, in spite of overlapping goals. Using practice and agency theories and the concept of social capital i.e., valued relations with others, we will develop a model for improved tribalfederal heritage consultation this will be accomplished by working collaboratively with tribal heritage specialists toward potential solutions to this problem. Ultimately, the goal is to outline a strategy for humanizing the process of respectful consultation between tribes and the federal government. The majority of work over the past year has centered on a collaborative archaeology project at Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nevada.

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