Indigenous Scholars In Residence Program

The Indigenous Scholars in Residence Program facilitates the development of a more holistic understanding of modern and past Indigenous cultures, trust relations, Indigenous perspectives and interpretations in the disciplines of archaeology, anthropology, education, and American Indian studies.


How It Works:

Scholars reside on Crow Canyon’s campus for six nights with the purpose of supplementing cultural knowledge, perspectives, and insights to existing curricula for student and adult participants from across the nation. Scholars 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. Collaborating with staff, scholars develop any additional curricula activities that enhance program delivery and experiential learning—such as field trips, home/community visits, demonstrations, service learning projects, etc.

Crow Canyon offers scholars housing in a modern home, consisting of a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, bath, and a private, enclosed yard. Access to a computer and Internet service are included and 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 $1,650 ($275.00 per day for six days) will be awarded.

How to Apply:

Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

Individuals interested in this program will submit an application—including a letter of interest, bio with photo, and a current CV or resume—by March 15, 2024. Application materials should be sent directly to Dr. Susan Ryan, 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.

Indigenous Scholars 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 26th– June 1st
    • June 2nd – June 8th
    • June 9th  –  June 15th
    • June 16th – June 22nd
    • June 19th – June 25th

Former Indigenous 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

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.