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  • Hearing Native Voices: The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

    Jewel Touchin, Senior Archaeologist

    Western values and perspectives often drive the legislation and compliance laws that apply to cultural resource investigations. In projects like the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project, Logan Simpson strives to reclaim Native Americans’ points of view so traditional cultural values are considered.

    The United States Congress passed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Title X Part III (Public Law 111-11), authorizing the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) to construct, operate, and maintain the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project (NGWSP). The NGWSP will provide a reliable water source to indigenous communities and municipalities within the arid Southwest, bringing running water to many households for the first time.



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  • Tribal Perspectives on Cultural Resources and the NEPA Process

    On May 3rd, come hear Jewel Touchin, a Logan Simpson archaeologist and ethnographer, discuss her journey as a Navajo woman in the world of archaeology, perspectives on transportation planning, and her experience with cultural resources and the NEPA process.

    Join us to learn more about:

      • Tribal diversity
      • The importance of tribal consultation
      • How that fits into NEPA including examples of current projects

    When: Thursday May 3,
    2018, 11:30 am – 1 pm

    About the Speaker: Jewel was born and raised in St. Michaels, AZ, on the Navajo Nation. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and an Arizona State University alumna. She has more than 24 years of experience as an archaeologist in the Southwest.

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