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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Featured today are the candidates for the Ethics Committee Archaeology Seat: Kurt Dongoske and Mary Beth Trubitt
The objective of the Committee on Ethics is a standing committee of the Association, which is responsible for the design and implementation of the Association’s ethics education and advisory program. The objectives of the ethics education program are (1) to increase the number of candidates for all degrees in anthropology receiving training in ethics before graduating; (2) to provide ongoing education in ethical issues for all AAA members; (3) to provide advice to AAA members facing/raising ethical dilemmas, and (4) to provide guidance to the Executive Board about AAA codes and guidelines.
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My professional ethics are grounded and shaped by my past 24 years of working with descendant Native American tribal communities (Zuni and Hopi) on a day to day basis. I am currently the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pueblo of Zuni, where I also run the Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise. This experience has instilled in me a deep professional ethical responsibility to both the science of archaeology and the involvement of indigenous people in the research and narratives that archaeologists and other anthropologists construct about the past. To this end, I served as the chair of the Society for American Archaeology’s Committee on Native American Relations for 6 years (1997-2003) during which time I implemented efforts to sensitize the Society’s membership to the varied issues involved in the relations between Native Americans and archaeologists. In 1994 I co-authored an article entitled, “Ethics of Field Research for the Hopi Tribe,” that was published in the Anthropology Newsletter. I believe my past experience and current understanding of the ethical issues associated with working for and with indigenous communities has prepared me to productively contribute to the Committee on Ethics.
Mary Beth Trubitt
As an archaeologist for the Arkansas Archeological Survey, I conduct research, teach and mentor university students, and engage members of the public in preservation. My research centers on American Indian history in Arkansas and the eastern United States. Communicating the results and significance of anthropological research is part of my day-to-day work. Ethical issues arise when addressing various constituencies and balancing their various interests with site protection. I try to emphasize the importance of anthropology, of archaeology, of historic preservation, and of cultural heritage as I interact with students, colleagues, volunteers, descendants, property owners, and community members. I have served on several committees for the Society for American Archaeology, and I am past president of the Caddo Conference Organization. I have been a member of the American Anthropological Association since 1991. I welcome the opportunity to bring my experience to serve the AAA and represent the membership on the Committee on Ethics. I hope to work with the committee to develop new ways to foster ethics education in the profession, to promote ethics discussions in person, in print, and via internet, and to encourage awareness of anthropological ethics issues in the public sphere.
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