Native American Scholar In Residence Program


The Native American Scholar in Residence Program contributes to the development of a more holistic understanding of modern and past Native cultures, trust relations, Native perspectives and interpretations in the disciplines of archaeology, anthropology, education, and American Indian studies. Resident Scholars provide program participants with cultural knowledge, perspectives, and insights to existing curricula for student and adult participants from across the nation.

2022 Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s Native Scholars in Residence


Justin Lund (Diné) (he/him/his) of Ganado, Arizona is a PhD candidate at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in the Department of Anthropology. Justin received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, and he is mere moments away from achieving his doctorate from OU. During his graduate career, Justin’s training was focused on the application of genomic methods in anthropology, but ultimately his work has centered on Native American experiences and uplifting tribal sovereignty. Most generally, Justin’s work explores the ethics of research and current impacts on Native Americans

Noah Collins (he/him/his) (Cherokee Nation & White Mountain Apache Tribe) is a doctoral student at Princeton University, studying biological and medical anthropology. His research focuses on the beneficial aspects of genetic traits found within humans around the world but particularly within Indigenous communities. His methods and approach focus on centering community needs and interest as applied through an Indigenous bioethical lens. An important aspect of Noah’s work reexamines the meaning of ‘benefit sharing’ and ensuring that communities are engaged, trusted, and respectfully compensated for their participation in genomics research. Having worked extensively across the Indo-Pacific and North America. Noah incorporates a wide range of perspectives and values that all help to put people first.

Mowana L. Lomaomvaya (she/her/hers) is a member of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Hotevilla. She earned a Bachelor and Master of Arts in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology from Northern Arizona University. Lomaomvaya is currently pursuing a Master of Legal Studies with a concentration in Indigenous Peoples’ Law and Policy at The University of Arizona. Lomaomvaya specializes in examining the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and related repatriation policy and application. She focuses on analysis of the development indigenous rights and freedoms, and the evolution of NAGPRA since 1990. She specifically examines the overall success and difficulties that have emerged in applying NAGPRA at institutions across the United States, especially in terms of mitigating complex repatriations of culturally unidentifiable versus culturally identified individuals. Lomaomvaya’s concern resides in the archival records related to archaeological practice and repatriation, and how processes are documented in the archive. Her research and career are focused through her perspective as an indigenous person with close ties to her ancestors and ancestral homelands. Her connection to her culture and people are a driving force behind her dedication and passion to analyzing and critiquing NAGPRA in order to create solutions for increasingly expedient and effective return of all indigenous ancestors.

Kyle Kootswatewa (he/him/his) is an enduring practitioner of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and a skillful basket weaver and potter. He is of Hopi descent, born from the Kachina clan in Mungapi, Arizona. While Kootswatewa emerged as a traditional artist, he has also merged his knowledge into higher academics. Earning a BA at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), Kootswatewa studied within the Indigenous Liberal Arts Department and its strong interdisciplinary curriculum. He utilized his academic training and traditional ecological knowledge towards fortifying earth stewardship, while increasing awareness and involvement in combatting climate change.

How It Works:


Scholars reside on Crow Canyon’s campus for six nights. 

The scholar in residence will participate in field and laboratory activities, classroom teaching (indoor and outdoor), evening program delivery, and brown-bag lunch seminars during the designated program week to facilitate direct interactions with students. The scholar will work with program staff to develop any additional curricula activities—such as field trips, home/community visits, demonstrations, service learning projects, etc.—that will enhance program delivery and experiential learning.   

Crow Canyon offers the scholar housing in a modern home, consisting of a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, bath, and a private, enclosed yard. The scholar will have access to a computer and Internet service and, except for long distance calls, Crow Canyon will pay utilities. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided from Sunday night through Saturday morning. Additionally, a travel stipend of up to 

$300.00 (with receipts) and honorarium of $1,200.00 ($200.00 per day for six days) will be awarded. 

How to Apply:


Registration is closed at this time.

Individuals interested in this program will submit an application—including a letter of interest, bio with photo, and a current CV or resume—by April 1st, 2022. Application materials should be sent directly to Dr. Susan Ryan, [email protected] Letters of interest should explain the contributions the applicant will make to Crow Canyon’s mission, in particular how the scholar can enhance program delivery utilizing cultural knowledge. 

Native American Scholar in Residence will participate in the following College Field School weeks: 

(Please specify which week(s) you are applying for in the letter of interest):  

  • May 22nd – May 28th 
  • May 29th – June 4th 
  • June 5th – June 11th 
  • June 12th – June 18th 
  • June 19th – June 25th  

For more information visit the College Field School webpage:
(https://www.crowcanyon.org/college-field-school)