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Task Force on Anthropology and American Indian and Alaska Native Nations

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The history of American anthropology is inextricably linked to that of American Indian and Alaska Native Nations. Consistent with AAA’s strategic priority to build a culture of trust and accountability within the Association that recognizes past and ongoing harms, transforms barriers into opportunities for justice-oriented engagements, creates durable action, and re-evaluates access to all facets of the organization, at the request of the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists, the Executive Board has commissioned a Task Force to examine these links. You can view the AAA Apology to the Indigenous Community here.

Committee Charge


This Task Force will explore the relationships between anthropologists and American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, and recommend ways in which the Association can address harms and remove barriers that prevent American Indian and Alaska Native anthropologists from entering the profession and advancing their careers.

Duration of Committee

18 months (currently seeking extension)

Committee Reports to

AAA Executive Board


This Task Force is authorized to take its investigations into whatever areas it believes appropriate, but it will be generally guided by three sets of questions:

Membership and Appointment

Chair: Barbra Meek; Members - Katie Sampeck, Richie Meyers, Scott Ketchum, Shannon Speed, Sven HaakansonBeth Leonard


Report of findings and recommendations provided to the Executive Board by December 31, 2023

Meetings and Schedule

By zoom as needed

Staff Liaison

Ashley Bruckner, Assistant Manager of Membership Services and Section Relations

Contact Information

American Anthropological Assocation 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 1301, Arlington, VA 22201, phone (703) 528-1902, Fax: (703) 528-3546

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