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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

I read with interest the Student Affairs column "Archaeology as a Way of Life: Advice from the Sages," [SAA Bulletin 17(3): 26]but was disheartened to discover that, of the 21 "sages" consulted, only one was from outside the university/museum/research institution academic axis. The one nonacademic actually works for the U.S. Forest Service, I believe, rather than the National Park Service, but I was stunned that no private sector archaeologists were included in this piece.

Contrary to Dr. Clark's assessment that most archaeology Ph.D.s would prefer academic jobs, there are many, many of us who have chosennot settled forcareers in cultural resource management. The reasons for this choice are manythe opportunity to direct research projects on a scale and with funding levels that most academics can't even dream of, the satisfaction and excitement of bringing archaeology to the pubic, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from preserving substantial portions of the archaeological record for the future.

CRM jobs are hard work; the stress levels tend to be high and the job security levels low. But the cutting edge of field methods in archaeology and the front line of archaeological preservation are in CRM. There are stimulating and rewarding careers to be found in CRM, and the field is wide open to bright students who have the right skills and are willing to work hard. The student members of SAA need to know that.

Lynne Sebastian, RPA
New Mexico State Historic Preservation Officer


Call for Applications and Nominations for SAA-Administered Scholarships for Native Peoples from the United States and Canada

The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) is pleased to announce the SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship and National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships for Archaeological Training for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians for the year 2000. Together, these scholarship programs will provide four awards of $3,000 each to support training in archaeological methods, including fieldwork, analytical techniques, and curation.

These scholarships are intended for current studentshigh school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate studentsand personnel of Tribal or other Native cultural preservation programs. Native Americans and Pacific Islanders from the United States, including U.S. Trust Territories, and Indigenous peoples from Canada, are eligible for these scholarships. Individuals may apply for these scholarships themselves, or they may be nominated by a current professor, high school teacher, or cultural preservation program supervisor. The SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship is named in honor of SAA's first president, who served from 1935 to 1936. Parker was of Seneca ancestry through his father's family, and he spent his youth on the Cattaraugus Reservation in New York.

The NSF Scholarships for Archaeological Training for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians are made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation to SAA.

Application or nomination materials for these scholarships must be postmarked no later than February 15, 2000. To learn more about the application or nomination procedures, contact the Society for American Archaeology, 900 Second St. NE #12, Washington, DC 20002-3557, tel: (202) 789-8200, fax: (202) 789-0284, email: info@saa.org.

 

Erratum

In SAA Bulletin 17(3): 44, the email address for Michael E. Smith, associate editor for book reviews, Latin American Antiquity, was published incorrectly. His correct address is mesmith@scs.albany.edu. We apologize for this error.

 

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