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  • 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!

  • Friday, February 01, 2019 8:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Looking for an opportunity to practice hands-on ethnographic

    methods and gain applied experience and skills?

    Sweet Grass Consulting LLC is a team of researchers and community development advocates who provide professional, evaluative and research services that promote and support asset-based development initiatives in economically burdened communities. Sweet Grass Consulting has experience in areas related to strategic action planning and assessment, effective data collection and database development, feasibility and market analyses, impact measurement programs and comprehensive reporting in a variety of mediums. Similarly, SGC implements participatory methods with a focus in Community Development processes and utilizes these methods to achieve community defined goals.

    Pyatt Studio is a mission driven firm with a core purpose of improving the quality of peoples lives through design. Pyatt Studio un-derstands that a building is an opportunity to inspire change and enhance the human condition. Their work seeks to leverage these opportunities for the greater public good by looking for ways to promote social, economic and environmental sustainability in their projects. Values such as: a focus on people and place, social impact, participation of all stakeholders, and a willingness to question the status quo inform their approach to each project. The Building Cooperative is a non profit organization established by Pyatt Stu-dio to expand on the firms educational and affordable housing programs.

    The collaboration between Sweet Grass Consulting and Pyatt Studio was developed through shared values and understanding of the role ethnogra-phy plays in design and community development. Much of Sweet Grass’ community development work has been related to affordable housing initi-atives and needs assessments. Additionally, Pyatt Studio believes it is imper-ative to incorporate cultural traditions and community engagement into ar-chitecture and design. Integrating the strengths of anthropological field methods and design, this field school aims to provide a multidisciplinary ap-proach to community development and sustainable affordable housing. This field school will provide housing for the underserved Native American community while providing on-site learning collaborations. By using educa-tion and hands-on experiences as a catalyst for change, Sweet Grass and Py-att Studio seek to empower a new generation of community designers, an-thropologists, builders and thinkers for the future.

    The field school will take place on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for 4-5 weeks over the course of this summer. The 4-5 weeks on-site may not be consecutive. If you have scheduling concerns or other concerns, please contact us, we can work out an individual plan to meet your needs. Interns will be responsible for 40-60 hours of work a week. You will experience a mix of structured learning experiences, skill-building shadowing, community engagement, and adventures! The cost of the field school is $3,000. Applying for the field school automatically applies you for one of two $500 scholarships. One $500 scholarship will go to an emerging anthropologist and one will go to an emerging designer.

    You will not regret the experiences and growth you will encounter while visiting the rich environment and working with vibrant peo-ple throughout the area!

    Download Sweetgrass's Logistic Form Here.


    DUE APRIL 12, 2019

  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 2:51 PM | Anonymous

    Please visit this page to read Volume 35, Number 2 of The Applied Anthropologist Journal!

  • Saturday, December 05, 2015 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    If you are a student HPSfAA is offering a travel award. 

    Apply to receive the award here:

  • Saturday, December 05, 2015 1:34 PM | Anonymous

    High Plains 2016 Spring Conference

    Call for Abstracts

    April 20-24, 2016

    Metropolitan State University Campus, Denver, Colorado

    Conference Theme: Unmaking and Making an Unjust World—

    Representations and Critiques of Social Justice

    Social protest and subversion are at the foundation of Anthropology and the communities who offer subject matter for the discipline.  Both academia and community have found many ways to artistically present social movements, resistance, and protest to hegemonic structures of inequality at both individual and community levels. This consists of, but is not limited to: television, radio, internet, music, poetry, literature, theatre, space-occupation, and body-political approaches. What is more, human injustices are broad in spectrum, from culture to sexuality, and from social class to the environment; the challenges are myriad and global. In an attempt to look critically at how social justice is defined and enacted, we invite abstracts for presentation of formal papers dealing with representations of social justice via social mediums such as: television, radio, internet, music, poetry, literature, theatre, space-occupation, and body-political performances. We welcome individual, group, community, academic, government and policy-based demonstrations, presentations, performances and workshops.

    Deadline for Submission of Abstract or Presentation Proposals: February 1, 2016 via this survey link:

  • Friday, December 02, 2011 9:47 AM | Anonymous

    Greetings everyone and Happy Holidays. This is the first of which is intended to be a bi-monthly update. Its primary function is to communicate to all the members of our society information on upcoming events, activities and important issues in which we are involved.

    To begin, the Annual Ghost Ranch Retreat was very successful. The comment from some attendees was that it was “the best one ever.” This was true in several ways. The papers, panels and roundtable discussions were timely, vibrant and well received. Also, student attendance and participation was our largest group ever. Students from Metropolitan State College, the University of Arizona, Colorado State University, and the University of Colorado at Denver all participated. Clearly, a productive and good time was had by all.

    The important upcoming events should be particularly noted. First, the Annual Spring Conference (April 19th to the 22nd) will be held on the Colorado State University campus this year. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Northern Colorado Intertribal “Pow Wow” Association (NCIPA) which will offer a number of exciting activities for conference participants. The conference theme this year, “Artistic Expressions and Community Connection,” is a departure from those of the past few years, but represents an important and exciting avenue for participants to explore.

    Another important recent development has been the request from the Society for Applied Anthropology to jointly sponsor the 2013 National Conference in Denver. Although there are many details to work out, this clearly shows the respect for our regional group at the national level and, I think, promises to have several positive long term benefits to our organization. Mr. Tom May, Executive Director for SFAA has visited with some of the board members once already and is scheduled to return to Denver in the next month or so to begin work on selecting the conference theme, arranging tours and special events, etc. I should have much more in the way of details to share with you in my next communication.

    For now, let me wish you all the very best and happiest of holidays.

    Jack Schultz, HPSfAA President

  • Wednesday, November 09, 2011 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    Call for Papers
    If you or your community, students, agencies, coalitions, organizations, teams, or colleagues have a story to tell, idea to explore, paper to present, poster to exhibit, research to expand our knowledge or experiences to share, please join us!   Please see the conference description below for more information. We encourage you to submit your abstracts and panels.  

    Please follow this link ( to fill out the form for a paper, panel, or open forum topic, including an abstract of no more than 250 words. 

    *You must be registered for the conference in order to submit a paper, panel or forum topic* 

    You may also download the form by clicking here and send it to Kathleen Sherman by mail: 

    Department of Anthropology
    Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, CO  80523-1787

    or email (  

    All submissions are due no later than Monday, January 30, 2012.

  • Wednesday, November 02, 2011 10:02 AM | Anonymous
    HPSfAA Members,

    HPSfAA is currently moving into the technology era. We have an amazing website and would like to use it to its fullest potential. This includes registration and information about the Spring Conference and Ghost Ranch,the publication of The Applied Anthropologist,  Member News, and Blog Posts concerning opportunities including Employment Opportunities,Grants and ResearchStudent OpportunitiesConferences and Meetings,Call for Contributors, and Service Opportunities. We would like to encourage members to use these resources.   

    In order to utilize the website to its fullest potential especially in relation to the Spring Conference, Ghost Ranch, and ballots we need everyone's information to be up to date. Please visit the following link: to log in and confirm your information including e-mail, address, phone number, institution and membership details. If you have any problems updating your contact information and/or preferences please contact me and I can assist you in the process.

    Thank you for your time!

    Andrea Akers
    Secretary and Interim Webmaster, High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology
    Managing Editor, The Applied Anthropologist
    Masters Student, Colorado State University

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