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Applications are now being accepted.
Deadline: December 17, 2018


The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans. Scholarships are open to all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders.

Since 1998, the SAA has used the endowment income to award the annual Arthur C. Parker Scholarship in support of archaeological training for Native Americans who are students or employees of tribal, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian cultural preservation programs. In 2009, the SAA added two new awards in support of undergraduate and graduate archaeology education.

Support for these scholarships comes in several ways: through individual donations, an annual silent auction at the SAA meetings, book royalties, and grants. For questions about the applications process or to make a donation, please contact the Committee Chair.

The following competitive scholarships are currently offered:

SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship for Archaeological Training for Native Americans

To support archaeological training or a research program for Native American students or employees of tribal cultural preservation programs (up to $5,000).

SAA Native American Undergraduate Archaeology Scholarship

To support undergraduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $5,000).

SAA Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship

To support graduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $10,000).


Download Application:
Application for 2019 Awards (Word Document) .

Annual Application Deadline:

December 17, 2019, 11:59 pm ET.


The SAA first created the Native American Scholarships Fund in 1988 to support Native people who are interested in studying archaeology. However, it took nearly a decade for the NASF to grow large enough to support an annual award: in 1997 the SAA Board established a Native American Scholarship program to be funded by the NASF.

The scholarship is named in honor of the SAA’s first president, Arthur C. Parker, who served from 1935 to 1936. Parker was of Seneca ancestry through his father’s family, and he spent his first 11 years on the Cattaraugus Reservation in western New York. His professional contributions included research in archaeology, cultural anthropology, and history, as well as public education and the development of museum anthropology. Parker was also involved in contemporary social and political issues that affected Native Americans.

(Photo: Arthur C. Parker in 1918. From The Life of General Ely S. Parker, Buffalo Historical Society, 1919, p. 201)

In 1995, the Native American Scholarships Committee was reorganized, with Larry J. Zimmerman appointed as chair. By this time, the NASF had grown to support a modest, biannual scholarship award. The committee recommended that the SAA Executive Board immediately establish a Native American scholarship program to support training in archaeological methods for enrolled students or tribal cultural preservation personnel and that a second Native American scholarship program be established to support graduate education when sufficient funding became available. The committee recommended a fund-raising campaign to achieve this. At the 1997 SAA annual meeting, the Executive Board accepted these recommendations and established fund-raising procedures.

The Arthur C. Parker Scholarship now provides up to $5,000 to support training in archaeological methods and cultural resource management, including fieldwork, analytical techniques, and curation for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians enrolled as high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students, or who work in tribal or Native Hawaiian cultural preservation programs. Individuals may apply, or a professor, a cultural preservation supervisor, or an SAA member may nominate them.  The SAA added two new awards in 2009, in support of undergraduate and graduate archaeology education.

This history is excerpted and edited from: Smart, Tristine Lee, and Joe Watkins (1997) Arthur C. Parker Scholarship for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians Debuts. SAA Bulletin 15(4):20; (1999) SAA Native American Scholarship Programs and Fundraising Activities for the Native American Scholarship Fund. SAA Bulletin 17(1):12.


2018 Scholars

Arthur C. Parker Scholarship
Jay Rapoza

National Science Foundation Scholarship
Ashlyn Weaver

SAA Native American Undergraduate Scholarship
Barry Bausman

SAA Native American Graduate Scholarship
Raquel Romero

2017 Scholars

Arthur C. Parker Scholarship
Lawrence Shaffer

National Science Foundation Scholarships
Patrick Burtt
Michele Brownlee
Erin Renn

SAA Native American Undergraduate Scholarship
Jamie Stevens

SAA Native American Graduate Scholarship

Regina K. Hilo

Arthur C. Parker Scholarship Awardees

2018    Jay Rapoza
2017    Lawrence Shaffer
2016    Beau C. Carroll
2015    Brittney Diesbourg
2014    The Navajo Nation Archaeology Department
2013    Rebecca Heidenreich
2012    Ashleigh Thompson
2011    Kamakana Christian Ferreira
2010    Paulette Faith Steeves
2009    Travis Maki
2008    Marie Sina Faatuala
2007    Ora V. Marek
2006    Malia Kapuanalani Evans-Mason
2005    Larae Buckskin
2004    Sean P. Naleimaile
2003    Kalewa Sye Arie Correa
2002    Nola Markey
2001    Cynthia Williams
2000    Randy Thompson
1999    Iwalani Ching
1998    Angela J. Neller 

National Science Foundation Scholarship Awardees

2016    Kristyn Nicole Mahealani Hara
2016    Regina K. Hilo
2015    Alicia Gooden
2015    Kirsten Green
2015    Anita Johnson-Henke
2015    Regina Mad Plume
2015    Peter Nelson
2014    Alicia Mary Olea
2013    Alyssa Christine Bader
2013    Dylan Ray Jennings
2013    Susan Marylouise Peone
2012    Joshua D. Castleman
2012    Joel Nicholas
2012    Autumn Whiteway
2011    Robert James David, Kevin J. Brown, Liana Staci Hesler
2010    Wesley D. Miles, Elijah Sanderson, Simon Arthur Solomon
2009    Ira K. Matt,  Wesley D. Miles,  Shianne Sebastian
2008    Na'ilima Ahuna,  Tracey L. Pierre,  Simon Solomon
2007    Tracey L. Pierre
2006    Vera Asp,  Ashley Layne Atkins,  Joey Condit,  Elizabeth Leina’ala Kahahane,  Roberta Lynn Thomas
2005    Lizatina A. Tsosie,  Laurie Shead,  Denny Gaytoni
2003    Michael Garcia,  Gordon G. Moore,  Carly Kaleo Veary,  Scott T. Kikiloi
2002    Deona Naboa,  Natalie Ball,  Tracey L. Pierre
2001    Bonnie Lee Dziadasek,  Desiree Martinez,  Blair First Rider
2000    Leander Lucero,  J. Lahela A. Perry,  Amanda Rockman
1999    Lokelani Aipa,  Lesley Awong,  Frank Mt. Pleasant
1998    Norrie L. Judd,  Christopher Koonooka,  Meredith Lane Vasta

SAA Native American Undergraduate Archaeology Scholarship Awardees

2016   Jair Boro Munduruku
2015   Grey Don Johnson
2014    Anita Fells
2013    Chi R. Woodrich
2012    Laura Jane Brandon
2011    Garrett W. Briggs
2010    Vanessa T. Cabrera

SAA Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship Awardees

2016   Antonio Luis Villaseñor-Marchal
2015   Garrett W. Briggs
2014   Joseph Aguilar
2013    Davina Two Bears
2012    Nicholas Laluk
2011    Frank James Raslich
2010    Ashley Layne Atkins

Silent Auction

Since 1998 at the SAA annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, the Native American Scholarships Committee has held a silent auction. It’s a fun way to express tangible support for the Committee’s goals and, for those with the highest bids, an easy way to contribute the NASF’s endowment. In 2007, nearly $6,000 was raised from the auction!

Donations to the silent auction are greatly appreciated. In previous years, contributions for the silent auction have included used and new books, jewelry, clothing items, archaeological equipment and services, Native American craft items, artwork, and more. All donations are tax-deductible.

Please be sure to participate at the annual meeting! To donate items for next year, contact the Committee Chair.

Book Royalties

For those scholars writing about Native American cultures and histories, donating book royalties to the NASF is an easy and tangible way to share the benefits of their work with the members of descendent communities—to offer financial support for a program that aims to make archaeology more dynamic and inclusive. To date, royalties from more than a dozen books are being donated to the NASF. For more information on donating book royalties, please contact the Committee Chair. Books with royalties donated to the NASF:


Bayman, James M. and Thomas S. Dye

2013 Hawaii's Past in a World of Pacific Islands. Society for American Archaeology.

Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Chip, and T. J. Ferguson (editors)
2008    Collaboration in Archaeological Practice: Engaging Descendant Communities. AltaMira Press, Lanham.

Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Chip, Julie Hollowell, and Dru McGill
2008    Ethics in Action: Case Studies in Archaeological Dilemmas. The SAA Press, Washington D.C.

Douglass, John G. and William M. Graves (editors)
2017   New Mexico and the Pimería Alta: The Colonial Period in the American Southwest. University Press of Colorado.

Douglass, John and Nancy Gonlin
2012   Ancient Households of the Americas: Conceptualizing What Households Do. University Press of Colorado.

Ferguson, T. J., and Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh
2006    History Is in the Land: Multivocal Tribal Traditions in Arizona’s San Pedro Valley. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Gonlin, Nancy and Jon C. Lohse (editors)
2007   Commoner Ritual and Ideology in Ancient Mesoamerica. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Hardesty, Donald L., and Barbara J. Little
2000    Assessing Site Significance: A Guide for Archaeologists and Historians. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek.

Hutt, Sherry, Marion P. Forsyth, and David Tarler (editors)
2006    Presenting Archaeology in Court: A Guide to Legal Protection of Sites. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek.

King, Thomas F.
1998    Cultural Resource Laws and Practice: An Introductory Guide. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek.
2000    Federal Planning and Historic Places: The Section 106 Process. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek.
2002    Thinking About Cultural Resource Management: Essays from the Edge. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek.
2003    Places That Count: Traditional Cultural Properties in Cultural Resource Management. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek.
2004    Cultural Resource Laws and Practice. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek.

McGill, Dru Julie Hollowell  and Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh

2011 Ethics in Action: Case Studies in Archaeological Dilemmas. Society for American Archaeology.

Moss, Madonna L.
2011 Northwest Coast: Archaeology as Deep History. The SAA Press, Washington, D.C.

Richman, Jennifer R., and Marion P. Forsyth
2004    Legal Perspectives on Cultural Resources. AltaMira, Walnut Creek. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek.

Seddon, Matthew T., Heidi Roberts, and Richard V.N. Ahlstrom
2011    Archaeology in 3D: Deciphering Buried Sites in the Western U.S. SAA Press.

Silliman, Stephen W. (editor)
2008    Collaborating at the Trowel’s Edge: Teaching and Learning in Indigenous Archaeology. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Smith, George S., Phyllis Mauch Messenger, and Hilary A. Soderland
2010    Heritage Values in Contemporary Society. Left Coast Press.

Stapp, Darby C., and Michael S. Burney
2002    Tribal Cultural Resource Management: The Full Circle to Stewardship. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek.

Sullivan, Alan P., III,  and Deborah I. Olszewski in the name of Arthur J. Jelinek
2016    Archaeological Variability and Interpretation in Global Perspective. University Press of Colorado.

Swidler, Nina, Kurt E. Dongoske, Roger Anyon, and Alan S. Downer (editors)
1997    Native Americans and Archaeologists: Stepping Stones to Common Ground. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek.

Thomas, David Hurst
2000    Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology, and the Battle for Native American Identity. Basic Books, New York.

Zeder, Melinda
1997    The American Archaeologist: A Profile. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek.

Zimmerman, Larry J., Karen D. Vitelli, and Julie Hollowell-Zimmer (editors)
2003    Ethical Issues in Archaeology. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek