Cultural Resource Management Program takes home award in archaeology

June 15, 2018


Aaron J. Tohtsoni

Gila River Indian News


The Gila River Indian Community’s Cultural Resource Management Program was recognized by the Arizona Historical Society Preservation Office during the award ceremony of the State Historic Preservation Office’s annual conference held at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale.


The Governor’s Archeology Advisory Commission presented its 31st annual awards in Public Archeology in six different areas. GRIC was given the Private/Non-Profit/Tribes award for their work in public archeology.


The 50 people within the department were honored for their archaeological and cultural resource expertise for management of archaeological sites, cultural properties and Community artifacts collections.


Abiding by GRIC ordinances and federal and state law, the department helps tribal and non-tribal individuals working on Community land or in the interest of the Community.


“On behalf of the Community, I want to express our gratitude allowing us to be here. We are honored and proud to accept this award for the Pee Posh and Akimel O’otham,” Lt. Gov. Robert Stone said to the crowd. “We are very proud of the work our Cultural Resource program has done and what it does for archeology in our Community.”


The awards are given to those who have significantly contributed to the protection and preservation of Arizona’s non-renewable archaeological resources. 


The awards are chosen by Arizona State Governor’s office and on hand was Hunter Moore, Natural Resource Policy Advisor, to help present the awards.


Director Kyle Woodson and Project Managers Teresa Rodrigues, Linda Morgan were in attendance with Eloise Pedro, Assistant Laboratory Director, and Lorie Sinclair along with Lt. Gov. Stone.


“I am very pleased and it’s nice to get recognized for the work we do for the Community,” said Woodson. “It is a great indication that the State of Arizona, other people and institutions recognize the high quality and integrity of our program, and the work we do to protect, preserve, and manage the cultural resources of the Community. It’s a nice mark and shows the high quality of work we’ve been doing for 25 years.”


The CRMP will be celebrating their 25-year anniversary since its formation in 1993.