Cultural Initiatives

In 2018, more than $2 million in grants and funding was dedicated to cultural initiatives by the University. The Arizona State Museum, located on the University of Arizona campus, is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest. In 2016-2018 the museum received almost $150,000 for the conservation of American Indian archaeological fiber and basketry, and another $100,000 for the repatriation of collections obtained from archeological sites in the Tucson Basin. For more on the Arizona State Museum, see

In the School of Anthropology, archeologist Dr. T.J. Ferguson collaborates with numerous Native American tribes on research needed for implementation of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. In 2018, Dr. Ferguson worked on a number of archeological projects across the state with more than $900,000 in active funding from the National Park Service.

Richard Stoffle is a Research Anthropologist with the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology and part of the American Indian Studies interdisciplinary faculty. Dr. Stoffle has worked with Native American tribes since 1972, primarily in northern Arizona and southern Utah. In 2018, Dr. Stoffle worked on various projects, including an ethnohistorical study of water use and agriculture for the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians Water Law Case.