Dr. Andrea A. Hunter – Director/ THPO
Dr. Andrea A. Hunter is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation from the Grayhorse District and an active participant in the In’ Lon Schka dances. Both of Dr. Hunter´s grandfathers, Joseph Cannon and Arthur A. Hunter were full-blood Osage. Hunter received a BA in anthropology from the University of Colorado--Boulder, and an MA and PhD in anthropology from the University of Missouri--Columbia. Dr. Hunter was the first Native American in the United States to receive a Ph.D. in anthropology with an expertise in archaeology. After seventeen years as a professor in the Department of Anthropology and director of the North American Division of the Laboratory of Paleoethnobotany at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Dr. Hunter was honored to accept the position of Director and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Osage Nation in 2007. Dr. Hunter also served as the vice-chair for 10 years and chair for 10 years of the Smithsonian Institution´s Native American Repatriation Review Committee and during the same period was appointed a Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
John Fox – Archaeologist
John Fox received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Missouri State University, and his Master of Science in Applied Anthropology with a focus on archaeology at Missouri State University. John has previous experience working with the Osage Nation researching his Master’s thesis on Osage trade beads from four Osage village sites in Missouri. His archaeological field experience is primarily in Missouri, with some experience in Oklahoma, Kansas, Ohio, Nevada, and Oregon. John draws upon his archaeological experience and familiarity of Osage history and culture when working with federal agencies and conducting fieldwork in Osage County and elsewhere.
Jackie Rodgers – Archaeologist
Jackie Rodgers is a historical archaeologist with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin double majoring in Anthropology and American Studies, and a Master of Arts from the University of West Florida in Historical Archaeology where she also earned a certificate in Historic Preservation. She has experience excavating in Missouri, Texas, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia and experience with a wide range of historic preservation techniques including: archaeological collections management, archival management, artifact conservation, National Register of Historic Places structure and district nominations, and historic cemetery conservation.
James Munkres –Archaeologist
James William Munkres received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 and a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2009. He began working as Archaeologist for the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in May, 2009. Between late 2013 and early 2018 be worked as an independent contractor in the fields of Cultural Resource Management and Historic Preservation, however, the majority of his work was done on behalf of the Osage Nation. He returned to full-time employment with the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in February, 2018. He has extensive experience in the identification and excavation of archaeological sites; the recovery, curation, and analysis of human skeletal remains; conducting and reporting on research and analysis in compliance with the Native American Graves Protection Act; monitoring of construction activities in the vicinity of archaeological sites; and participating in, and maintaining, government-to-government consultation on matters related to Section 106 and Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. He is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, the Society for American Archaeology, and numerous local historical and archaeological societies. He is proud, and honored, to serve the people of the Osage Nation, their ancestors, and their descendants in the protection and preservation of their cultural, religious, and historic places throughout the Osage Nation Ancestral Territory.
Jess Hendrix– Archaeologist
Jess attended Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Anthropology. He later received a Master of Arts in Historical Archaeology from the University of West Florida where he also worked for Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN). While with FPAN, he worked extensively with members of the public through education, outreach, and training in an effort to promote archaeology, historic preservation, and cultural heritage stewardship. He also managed an 1830s industrial riverine site as part of a high school educational program with FPAN. Jess has a diverse range of excavation experience throughout the Southeast, including prehistoric sites, protohistoric sites, industrial sites, and cave sites. He also has extensive maritime archaeology training and experience and has worked on a multitude of submerged sites. He began working with the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in March 2018.
Pascha Enzi – GIS/Computer Technician
Pascha Enzi has a Bachelor of Science in Scientific and Technical Communications from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Geographic Information Science from the University of Denver. She has unique experience in the intersection of history and geography gained from working as a GIS/Database Manager documenting abandoned mining site locations for the National Park Service. Her knowledge of computer technology was fostered by working in the student technology lab of her university and she is proficient with database and GIS specific software as well as technology used for historic preservation work such as ground penetrating radar, XRF analyzers, and 3D scanners and printers.
Sarah O’Donnell – NAGPRA Assistant
Sarah O’Donnell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Master of Science in Applied Anthropology from Missouri State University. Sarah is a prehistoric archaeologist specializing in prehistoric North American ceramics, the Missouri Ozark region in particular. Sarah’s field experience includes excavations at Cahokia Mounds and the East St. Louis Mound Group, as well as several colonial-period archaeological sites in Missouri. This specialization makes her highly qualified in identifying ancestral Osage remains and sacred items from archaeological sites for repatriation back to the Nation. Sarah is trained with GPR, XRF, Neutron Activation Analysis, and 3D Scanning methods. Sarah also uses her experience as an instructor at Missouri State University to help with public outreach and education programs developed by the Historic Preservation Office. She began working with the Historic Preservation Office in February 2015.
Kilan Jacobs – Tribal Research Assistant
L. Kilan Jacobs is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation from the Grayhorse District and an active participant in the In’ Lon Schka dances and the Osage Native American Church. Kilan is a descendant of the Neka-Thompa, Red Eagle, Cox, Kirk, and Boone families. He received his Bachelor of arts in Native American and Indigenous Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University. While at Haskell, Jacobs also received a certificate of Records Management Training from the Native American Records Repository (NARA). Jacobs leans heavily upon the elders and traditions to guide him in his daily work with the construction and management of the ever growing research library for the Historic Preservation Office. He began working with the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in April 2015.
Fawn Cheshewalla – Administrative/Field Assistant
Fawn Cheshewalla is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation from the Pawhuska District and an active participant in the In’ Lon Schka dances. For years Fawn has worked at preserving her culture and community and was honored to be named Community Activist for Oklahoma in 2012. Fawn joined the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in June 2015 and works diligently to aid and assist in administrative processing of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other Historic Preservation projects and consultations.
Courtney Neff – Administrative/Section 106 Assistant
Courtney Neff is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation from the Grayhorse District and an active participant in the In’ Lon Schka dances. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma State University where she was very active in the Native American Student Association by educating college students and faculty about Native American cultures and traditions. Courtney assists with fieldwork and coordinating cultural resource and Section 106 database management. She also oversees the Traditional Cultural Advisors Committee’s monthly meetings and aids with historic preservation community outreach. Courtney has previously held summer youth positions at the Osage Minerals Council and the Osage Nation Prevention Program. She began working at the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in June 2016.
Seth Vincent – Intern
Seth Vincent is currently an intern in the Historic Preservation Office in addition to working on his Bachelors of Science with Oklahoma State University. He has worked with the Historic Preservation Office for over two years now, aiding in interoffice projects. He is also trained in 3D Scanning Methods.
Veronica Mraz – Intern
Veronica Mraz is currently an intern in the Historic Preservation Office additionally she is a Ph. D Candidate in anthropology focusing on archaeology at the University of Tulsa. Her main research topics are experimental archaeology focusing on lithic technology and the Great Plains. In addition, she is also interested in the study of Paleoenvironmental reconstruction and medieval archaeology. Veronica received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa for anthropology focusing in archaeology. While at Iowa, Veronica assisted on an ongoing research program involving the Scott County Pueblo in western Kansas. Veronica received her Master’s thesis at the University of Tulsa, where she examined the transition between the Plains Woodland and Plains Village periods in the Southern Plains, specifically in the region of north central/eastern Oklahoma. Veronica’s dissertation work is focused on understanding and quantifying the effects of thermal alteration on chert in-relation to the flintknapping process and how archaeologists can quantitatively identify heat treated materials in the archaeological record.