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Public Education Committee -- Update

Teresa L. Hoffman

Marketing Subcommittee to Assist Washington Office -- Organized during the1999 SAA Annual Meeting in Chicago, this subcommittee was created to assist the SAA Washington, D.C., office in marketing PEC products. The first tasks the subcommittee has focused on are compiling a mailing list and developing a marketing plan that can be used to promote and sell the new publication series. A preliminary marketing plan was developed during a summer meeting among Elizabeth Foxwell (SAA manager, publications), Dorothy Krass (former manager, SAA public education), and Renata Wolynec (subcommittee chair). All marketing activities will be coordinated through the SAA Washington office. The PEC's new monograph series, Teaching with Archaeology, debuts this fall with History Beneath the Sea: Nautical Archaeology in the Classroom.

Native American Education Assesses Accomplishments -- Building on the success of their SAA-sponsored workshops for Native American educators, the Native American subcommittee is assessing its accomplishments and discussing future workshop plans. A strategic plan is in progress, along with plans for a participant newsletter later this fall. ·

Teresa Hoffman, associate editor for PEC, is with Archaeological Consulting Services in Tempe, Arizona.

Send Us Your Posters!

SAA's Public Education Committee and the Council for Affiliated Societies invite you and your state or city to participate in "Celebrate Archaeology 1999­2000" at the 65th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. If you know of a terrific archaeology poster published to commemorate an Archaeology Day, Week, or Month between April 1999 through March 2000, send it in before March 3, 2000. All posters will be displayed at the meeting, and awards will go to the top three "best" posters, as determined by a vote of participants at the meeting. See the 1999 winners on the Web at www.cr.nps.gov/aad/statearc.htm. Send two unmounted and unfolded posters from your state to DanHaas, State Archaeologist, Bureau of Land Management, 2850 Youngfield St., Denver, CO 80215, tel: (303) 239-3647, email: Dan_Haas@co.blm.gov. If the posters arrive in a damaged condition, participants will be asked to send a new set. The contest is sponsored by the Archaeology Week and Network subcommittees of the Public EducationCommittee and the Council of Affiliated Societies.

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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 $3000 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. High school students must be currently enrolled as seniors to be eligible. Undergraduates and graduate students must be enrolled in an accredited college or university. Native Americans and Pacific Islanders from the United States, including U.S. Trust Territories, and Indigenous peoples from Canada are eligible for these scholarships. While documentation of Native identity is required, an individual does not have to be enrolled in a Native group, of certified Indian status, or a member of a group formally recognized by the U.S. or Canadian federal governments to be eligible for these scholarships.

These scholarships will support attendance at training programs in archaeological methods offered by accredited colleges or universities. Other types of archaeological methods training programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The scholarship awards may be used to cover tuition and expenses. The cost of tuition for an award recipient will be paid directly to the training program.

The SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship is named in honor of the first president of SAA, 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 NSF to SAA. The SAA Parker Scholarship will provide $1500 for one scholarship recipient, which will be matched by a $1500 NSF Scholarship. Three additional scholarships of $3000 each will be funded by the NSF Scholarships for Archaeological Training for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians program.

Application/Nomination Procedures

Individuals may apply for these scholarships themselves, or they may be nominated by a current professor, high school teacher, or cultural preservation program supervisor. All of the following must be submitted for applicants and nominees:

(1) A completed Application/Nomination Form.

(2) A letter of nomination or recommendation. For students, this should be from a current professor or high school teacher; for cultural preservation program personnel, this should be from a current supervisor. This letter should be sent with the other application/nomination materials enclosed in a separate, sealed envelope, with the signature of the nominator or recom-mender across the seal.

(3) A personal statement from the applicant/nominee of no more than one page in length, single spaced, describing why he or she is interested in attending the archaeological methods training program and how this training will benefit the applicant/nominee as well as his or her Native community.

(4) A brief description of the archaeological methods training program of no more than one page in length, single spaced. Include the name and address of the sponsoring institution and the dates during which the training program will take place.

(5) An itemized budget, including tuition and expenses associated with attending the training program, such as travel, food and housing, books, equipment and supplies, and child care, among others. Indicate the source(s) and amount(s) of other funding for which the applicant/nominee has applied.

(6) Documentation of Native identity by either: (a) documentation of tribal enrollment, if a member of a federally recognized tribe in the United States, or documentation of certification of Indian status recognized by the federal government of Canada; or (b) a statement of no more than one page in length, single spaced, outlining the applicant's or nominee's Native ancestry, which must be supported by a brief acknowledgment from a current department chair, faculty adviser, or high school teacher (for students), or a current supervisor (for cultural preservation program personnel).

Deadline

The Application/Nomination Form and all supporting materials should be submitted together in one envelope and must be postmarked no later than February 15, 2000.

The applicant/nominee need not be formally accepted into the archaeological methods training program at the time the application/nomination materials are submitted. However, a scholarship will not be awarded until the designated recipient has been accepted into the training program.

Submission and Contact Information

Send all application/nomination materials to Scholarship Applications, Society for American Archaeology, 900 Second St. NE #12, Washington, DC 20002-3557.

For an Application/Nomination Form, help with locating a field school or other training program, or further information about these scholarships, contact SAA at the address given above, or tel: (202) 789-8200, fax: (202) 789-0284, email: info@saa.org. Your questions will be relayed to someone who can assist you.

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Public Relations Committee --

Gene S. Stuart Award

A'ndrea Elyse Messer

In previous issues of the SAA Bulletin, the Gene S. Stuart Award has been described and SAA members have been invited to encourage nominations. A special circumstance, reflecting the geo-economics of Annual Meeting sites, increases the importance of your assistance this year.

In 1993, at the suggestion of the Public Relations Committee, the Society instituted an award to be presented annually to a journalist who had written an outstanding article on an archaeological topic in a large-circulation, daily newspaper. By addressing nomination requests to the editors of such papers, we hope to encourage responsible and effective coverage of archaeology.

The award is named to honor the late Gene Stuart, a prolific author and managing editor of National Geographic Books, who was devoted to presenting archaeology in high-quality, popular books. Among the books she coauthored with George E. Stuart are Discovering Man's Past in the Americas (1969) and The Mysterious Maya (1977).

Although intended to be a national, even international, award, practical considerations have compelled us to restrict potential entrants to the region of the Annual Meeting. The 1999 Stuart Award recipient was William Mullen of the Chicago Tribune [SAA Bulletin 17(3): 18]. Given the locations of our meetings in the six years the award has been offered, journalists from Midwestern states have had two opportunities to apply for the award. Journalists from eastern states have had none.

In the fin de millénaire year of 2000, our Annual Meeting in Philadelphia is the first in the "Northeast" since the 1980 meeting. Given the economics of meetings in that region, it may well be another two decades before we return. To ensure that writers and editors in that area have one opportunity to learn of SAA's appreciation of their attention to archaeology, the Stuart Award Committee has expanded the geographic reach of the 2000 award to include New England and the Mid-Atlantic states and two Canadian provinces (see page 16).

We ask SAA members in the target region to help us reach out to journalists. We shall send nominations to newspaper editors. If you read or have read high-quality newspaper articles written this year, especially if those articles are about your own research, please contact the authors and encourage them to apply for the Stuart Award. We emphasize that the writer or newspaper editor must submit the entry.

In terms of content, the criteria for the Stuart Award are straightforward and open-ended. A writer or editor may submit up to five single articles or a series of a maximum of five related articles on any archaeological topic without any geographical or temporal restrictions. Award-winning stories have focused upon such topics as the looting of sites, ethical issues in the recovery and investigation of human remains, and graffiti at Luxor Temple, Thebes. Subjects should be presented so that they foster public understanding of and appreciation for the goals of archaeology.

Procedural criteria for the 2000 award are as follows: The story must appear as an original article during calendar year 1999, in a daily newspaper with circulation of at least 25,000, published within the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia and the provinces of Ontario and Quebec; the entrant must submit six copies of each article or series to the address below by January 15, 2000.

The Stuart Award Committee, composed of David Pendergast, chair; Anntoinette Moore, member, Public Relations Committee; Roy Blackwood, professor of journalism; and Alan Brew, professor of anthropology, asks for your help in recognizing and fostering high-quality, general-interest writing about archaeology.

Nominations and all inquiries should be sent to Alan P. Brew, Anthropology Program, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN 56601-2699, tel: (218) 755-3778, fax: (218) 755-2822, email: albrew@vax1.bemidji.msus.edu. ·

A'ndrea Elyse Messer, a member of SAA's Public Relations Committee, is science and research information officer for the Department of Public Information at Penn State University in University Park.

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