American Indian Relations

Dr. Martina Dawley (center) with ASM colleague Alan Ferg (left) during consultations with Native basketweavers and basketry experts in preparation for the "Woven Through Time" exhibit.

ASM's American Indian Relations (AIR) office is responsible for developing and maintaining strong and positive working relationships with Arizona's American Indian communities. Assistant Curator Dr. Martina M. Dawley (Hualapai/Diné) does this by managing, assisting, or participating in the following:

Southwest Native Nations Advisory Board (SWNNAB)
The Southwest Native Nations Advisory Board provides advice and feedback to ASM on its state-mandated mission and on the development of exhibits and public programs.

Compliance pursuant to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). 

Norton Allen American Indian Internship Program
Established in 2000 in honor of the avocational archaeologist who worked primarily in the Gila Bend area, this program provides internship opportunities and stipends for Native American students at ASM, with a preference for Tohono O'odham applicants.

Indigenous Perspectives on Cultural Property Lecture Series
This lecture series was begun in 2015 with the specific goal of featuring tribal colleagues who wish to educate the public about the issues, controversies, successes, and challenges they experience when dealing with cultural property. To date, there have been 7 installments of this series, the latest on October 17, 2018.

ASM curators strive to include Native perspectives and voices in all aspects of their work, which includes not only issues related to collections care, but exhibits and public programs as well.


Martina M. Dawley, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator, American Indian Relations
Arizona State Museum / University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210026
Tucson, AZ 85721-0026
See Dr. Dawley's Profile

Related Links
Federally Recognized Tribes in Arizona
Government-to-Government Consultation Toolkit (this will take you to another web site)