LHRC is an applied anthropology non-profit organization that focuses on working with indigenous and traditional communities throughout the Americas. As applied anthropologists, the team at LHRC will provide specialized services and methodologies to complete research and projects.
Activities include the following:
o Interviewing cultural experts and knowledgeable community members on project relative topics and analyzing interview data. Ethnographic projects occur on both federal and tribal lands.
➢ Technical Assistance
o Facilitating consultation between tribes and federal agencies as directed under U.S. federal law. Consultation requires respect to tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, and tribal responsibilities when federal policy impacts Indian tribes.
o Assisting tribes and communities in social impact assessments (SIAs) as part of the environmental impact assessment for proposed development projects. SIAs look at the potential social and cultural impacts development projects may have on the human environment.
o Assisting tribal communities to build technical skills capacities and achieve community driven research projects.
➢ Capacity Building
o Training Tribal and Community Members to be active members of the LHRC research team.
o Providing indigenous and university students with both internship and employment opportunities.
o Prioritizing the selection or hiring of elders and community members for leadership positions.
➢ Public Outreach/Advocacy
o Work with indigenous and traditional communities to bring forward their stories and placing their voices at the forefront of all research activities.
o Public Outreach/Advocacy can vary from presentations, booths, radio interviews, podcasts, etc. to inform the communities themselves about work or programs related to their heritage or more general public or practitioner outreach, including public presentations, conferences, workshops, etc.
➢ Heritage Conservation and Preservation
o Focus on working with communities to protect and manage (or provide necessary guidance to those who have managing authority over) culturally important resources, places, and landscapes. This includes drawing upon local, national, and international heritage laws.