Director - Dr. John Norder

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Peoples of North America
  • Environmental and Heritage Resource Management
  • Landscape and Applied Geospatial Studies
  • Traditional Knowledge Systems
  • North American Archaeology
  • Archaeology Policy and Law
  • NAGPRA and Repatriation
  • Public and Applied Archaeology
  • Community Based Participatory Research Methods

Biographical Info

I am an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Tribe of North Dakota, and descendant of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. As part of my education, I received my B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.  My research and teaching interests are on topics relevant to Native American and First Nations archaeology, ethnohistory and anthropology, particularly in the Great Lakes region of North America.  My current and ongoing work has focused on the ways in which traditional Indigenous knowledge is used as a tool of mediation between issues of identity, cultural and natural resource heritages, and economic development in the context of community and state level policy issues.  My recent community engaged work as part of my work as Director of the Native American Institute has focused on issues of community forestry, agribusiness development, traditional natural resouce studies, community behavioral health, documentation of community stories through digital storyting, issues regarding counterfeit production of American Indian arts and crafts, assessment of tribal and Native American organizational programs, and ongoing work on American Indian heritage issues related to NAGPRA and current community cultural program work.


Norder, John and Dagmara Zawadzka (2016), What the Places Teach Us: challenges for cultural tourism and indigenous stewardship of rock art sites in the North American Midcontinent, in L. Brady and P. Tacon (eds), Rock Art in the Contemporary World: symbols, meaning and significance. University Press of Colorado. Pp. 59-82.

Norder, John, Heather Howard and Deborah McGregor (2015) Measuring the Pulse of the Forest: forest cultural services relationship assessment. Report on file with the Sustainable Development Institute of the College of Menominee Nation.

Norder,John  (2012) ‘The invention and endurance of memory and place among First Nations of northwestern Ontario,Canada’, International Journal ofHistorical Archaeology (special issue), L. Russell and S. Jones (guest eds), 16 (2):385-400.

Norder,John (2012) Landscapes of Memory and Presence in the Canadian Shield. in L. Sundstrom and W. Deboer (eds), Enduring Motives: the archaeology of tradition and religion in Native America, pp. 361-381. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

Norder, John and Jon Carroll (2011) Rock art in the Lake of the Woods region of Ontario: an applied geospatial approach. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research 2(4):77-92

Norder, John (2010) ‘Archaeology, Ancestral Bodies, and Native American Identity in the New Millennium: commentary on colonial and postcolonial identities’, in J. Lydon and U. Rizvi (eds), Handbook of Postcolonial Archaeology,World Archaeological Congress Research Handbooks in Archaeology Series vol. 3, pp.393-399. Left Coast Press, Inc., Walnut Creek.

Norder, John and Uzma Rizvi (2008) ‘Reassessing the present for an archaeology of the future: Equity, Diversity, and Change, The SAA Archaeological Record 8(4):12-14

Norder, John (2007) ‘Iktomi in the Land of the Maymaygwayshi: understanding lived experience in the practice of archaeology among American Indians/First Nations’, Archaeologies 3(3):230-248.

Norder, John W., Jane Eva Baxter, A. Russell Nelson and John M. O’Shea (2003) ‘Stone tombs and ancient ritual: a new burial form and its implications for the Early Late Woodland in southeastern Michigan’, Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 28(2):145-174.