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  • Wednesday, December 09, 2020 11:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello Fellow High Plainers, we are excited to announce the release of the Second TAA of 2020. Click here to download!

  • Monday, August 24, 2020 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello HPSfAA Folks,

     Since we have moved the Fall Retreat to an online format, we have decided to reduce the registration rate to reflect the lack of in-person amenities and decreased cost of not having to rent a physical space. 

    Reduced Rates:

    A. Professional - Member: $35

    B. Professional - Member Couple: $55

    C. Professional- Non Member: $40

    D. Student - Member: $20

    E. Student - Non Member: $25

    F. Senior - Member: $25

    G. Senior - Non Member: $30

    Registration for the Virtual Conference is now open! 

    Fall Retreat Merchandise For Sale!

    Maroon HPSfAA Tee-shirts and Pint Glasses. Along with Canvas Bags and Notebooks.

    Note: All items will mail via USPS Priority Mail Box, shipping cost is $8. Multiple items can be sent together to reduce shipping cost.

    Check out our Online Store for more details!!

    Thank you, Saniego

  • Monday, August 17, 2020 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology

    Fall Retreat 2020

    Working from Home; Dreaming of Homecoming

    October 2nd- 4th, 2020

    Deadline for Abstracts: Sept 1st, 2020

    Virtual Videoconference


    Please send proposals via email to Josef Garrett at

    Your proposal must include the following:

    Personal Information:
    Please include your name, contact information, and any relevant academic or professional affiliations.

    Title and Abstract:
    Please provide your paper or presentation title and a 100-200 word abstract.

    Presentation Type:

    Our standard presentation time slots are 45 minutes, including time for questions and discussion following your presentation. Please indicate the length of your presentation.

    Additionally, we will be happy to work with you on alternative approaches to presenting your material. For example, you may propose a virtual panel, roundtable discussion, a debate, a workshop, an activity of some sort, a session featuring film or music, or a performance.

  • Saturday, August 15, 2020 2:40 PM | lucor jordan (Administrator)

          Resistance and Response

    The Applied Anthropologist is a peer-reviewed publication which has, over the last forty years, maintained a commitment to featuring the work that applied anthropologists, sociologists, educators, and other social scientists engage in our communities, to great effect. While this is always important, in light of current national and global events which are exposing pernicious structures of social and economic inequity, racialized violence, and a resurgence of nationalist rhetoric, it is important to remember that as applied social scientists, we carry the responsibility to bring our work out of the seasonal cycles of research, and instead to stand at all times in solidarity with issues of social justice, human rights, dignity, and equity. Natural disasters and pandemics have correlates as well because the burden of such catastrophes rests more heavily upon those already burdened by injustice.  Recognizing the historic times we find ourselves in, the call for vol. 40, no.2 of the journal is Resistance and Response. We are pleased to request full articles, briefs, and commentaries which are in alignment with the long tradition of bringing excluded voices to the table to address social, political, economic, and public health issues that impact communities locally and internationally.

    Deadline for submissions is Thursday October 1st, 2020.

    Please visit our in-depth style guide, and please feel free to contact our editorial team with any questions you have, as well as to submit manuscripts, at The editorial team and the entirety of the board of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology (which sponsors the journal) is proud to stand with the powerful voices demanding the simplest of dignities – to not be murdered, to not be terrorized, to not be unjustly imprisoned, to not have families separated, to not be placed in harm’s way to serve the privilege and profit of others. The efforts to normalize the use of such inhuman tactics by ours or any other country must be interrupted and resisted because history will see clearly the things that we thought it possible to ignore.

  • Monday, July 27, 2020 5:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello / Hola, fellow Applied Anthropologists,

    While we are cooped up in home/mobile offices reminiscing of days past in the field or on campus, let's take a moment to reflect upon the practical theory that aids us in our applied work by reading about the work and ideas our members are working on or discussing.  

    Get your hands on the newest release of the TAA Edition 40, No. 1, 2020.

    Click here to view and download.

    Thanks again to Peter Van Arsdale, Editor-in-Chief, the TAA crew, and the Published Authors for putting together yet another edition of the journal!

    All HPSfAA members get access to the digital version while our Institutional Members get one hard copy of this edition mailed to them. 

    Not a current Member, no worries. Becoming a HPS Member or renewing your membership take just a few minutes of your time.

    Saludos from México City, Saniego

  • Saturday, July 11, 2020 9:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HPSfAA will be hosting a town hall today to discuss our current Call for Papers and the Fall Retreat tentative plans: online, hybrid, or in-person. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

    See you soon!!

  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020 1:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HPSfAA is excited to announce the new edition of our journal, The Applied Anthropologist.

    The journal is available to all our of members and available through the libraries of our institutional partners and the database EBSCOHOST.

    Consider renewing or joining to gain access to TAA Volume 39!. 

    Thank you to the entire TAA crew, Peter, Andrea, Lucor, Melanie, and Max for all your hard work over the past year putting together this Volume.

    Click here to download The Applied Anthropologist Volume 39, Number 1-2, 2019.

  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After a cordial round of voting, our members have selected a new President-elect, Michael Kilman. Who will be inducted at our Fall Retreat at Ghost Ranch Retreat Center, September 19-22, 2019.

    Please join us this Fall in welcoming Michael to the HPSfAA Board.

    Saludos, Saniego

  • Thursday, June 13, 2019 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello folks on the Front Range and beyond!

    HPSfAA is excited to announce the release of the TAA Edition 38, Number 1-2, 2018.

    Click here to view and download.

    Thanks to Peter Van Arsdale, Editor-in-Chief, the TAA crew, and the Published Authors for putting together yet another fine edition of the journal!

    And don't forget all of our Institutional Members get one hard copy of this edition. 

    Hasta pronto, Saniego

  • Monday, April 22, 2019 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Community Development Design/Build Summer Internship

    Due to extensive flooding and other natural and human disasters, we have extended the deadline for the summer field school until May 3rd. 

    Lately, Sweet Grass has been contributing to building and design in Indian Country. It is our desire to work with students who are interested in participating in development with Native Nations in South Dakota and Minnesota. That's why we have partnered with Pyatt Studio and The Building Cooperative this year to provide a comprehensive experience. You do not have to be an architect or engineer or anthropologist  to apply. But, being interested in any one or more of the following is a plus: community development, ethnography, ethnobotany, buffalo-caretaking, place-making, design/build, safe and affordable housing, honoring elders, and genuine community-based research and development.

    Apply below by May 3rd! There are opportunities for 2 scholarships, and if you are a current student, we can work with your college or university to provide credits for your experience as well. 

    Please contact Michael Brydge with any questions!

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