Carlton Gover

Carlton Gover


Carlton Gover is a Citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma pursuing his Ph.D. in Anthropology with a subfield emphasis in archaeology. He received his M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming and his B.S. in Anthropology from Radford University. His research utilizes Pawnee, Arikara, and Wichita oral traditions, regarding population movement and social change, as foundational evidence for interpreting the late-prehistoric archaeological record. Carlton is also the Board Secretary for the Museum of the Pawnee Nation Board of Directors, a host on the A Life in Ruins Podcast, and a Research Associate for New Archaeological School in Ukraine.

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Evelyn Pickering


Evelyn is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology completing a dissertation on the Blackfeet Water Compact. She takes an applied approach to complex social problems, meaning that she works alongside community partners and organizations to find practical and equitable solutions. She earned a Graduate Certificate in Administration and Management of American Indian Natural Resources at the University of Arizona in 2017. In 2014, she completed a master’s degree in Anthropology by conducting original ethnographic research and completing a thesis on water use, exportation, and cultural connections to water in Dominica in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean. She has worked on projects from the headwaters of the Missouri River, the Great Lakes, Great Basin, arid Southwest, to a mountainous Caribbean island. One commonality between these projects has been community partnerships. From this experience, she has learned the importance of understanding the nuances of regional contexts when navigating environmental conflicts and promoting successful communication and collaboration. 

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Mackenzie Cory


Mackenzie Cory's dissertation work at Indiana University Bloomington investigates indigenous childhood of the Northwest Plains with a particular interest in play tipis. By re-examining thousands of stone circle sitemaps and photographs from Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota he hopes to identify smaller features that may have been overlooked by early investigations. He combines this with archival research into how Indigenous children played in boarding school contexts, paying special attention to the words of the children themselves.

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Delaney Cooley


Delaney Cooley is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oklahoma (OU). She previously received her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the University of Iowa and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from OU. Past field experiences include late precontact to historic sites across Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma, Iowa, New Mexico, and northern Mexico. Her current research uses GIS and lithic analysis to examine how Athapaskan land-use strategies changed in response to settling across the Central High Plains and adjacent Southern Rocky Mountains.

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Dr. Sarah Trabert


Dr. Trabert is a founding member of the Plains Student Affairs Committee and served as chair from 2013 through 2015 while she was a graduate student at the University of Iowa. Since graduating in 2015, Sarah has worked as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.