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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Jason Younker

faculty photoAssociate Professor of Anthropology
Assistant to the Provost for Native American Affairs
RIT Native American Future Stewards Initiative, Director
Association of Indigenous Anthropologists, sec-treasurer, American Anthropological Assoc.
Coquille Indian Tribe of Oregon

Education

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Oregon, 2003
M.S. Anthropology, University of Oregon, 1997
M.Ed. Talented and Gifted Education, Oklahoma City University, 1994
B.A. Communication, Cameron University, Lawton, OK, 1990

Research

Publications

in prep: (with Laurie A. Clayton and Jeffry D. Burnette) The Native American Future Stewards Initiative: A Model for Recruiting, Retaining, and Return of Tribal Scholars in Higher Education. Journal of American Indian Education.

2011 Lost Map, Lost Identity, and the Resilient Coquille Indians from the Southern Oregon Coast. In Mapping Native America: Cartographic Interactions between Indigenous Peoples, Government and Academia. Imre Sutton and Dan Cole, eds. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC.

2010 Nasomah Massacre of 1854. In The Oregon Encyclopedia: http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/entry/view/nasomah/.

2009 Native American Perspectives of the Archaeology of the Northwest Coast and Southeastern Alaska. In Archaeology in America: An Encyclopedia, West Coast and Arctic/Subarctic, vol. 4, by Francis P. McManamon, general ed., pp. 189-194. Greenwood Publishing Group: Westport, Connecticut.

2008 How it is: The Native American Philosophy of V.F. Cordova, edited by Kathleen Moore, Kurt Peters, Ted Jojola, Amber Lacy, forward by Linda Hogan (The University of Arizona Press, Tuscon). Book review. Oregon Historical  Quarterly 107 (4): 31-32.

2008 Southwest Oregon Research Project: A Model for Large Scale Native American Archival Reconnaissance Missions. Report to the Native American Program, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

2007 Weaving Long Ropes: Oral Tradition and Understanding the Great Tide. Oregon Historical Quarterly 108 (2): http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/ohq/108.2/younker.html.

2006 Challenging Infallible Histories: Miraculous Revival of Dead Indians. In Pedagogies of the Global: Knowledge in the Human Interest. Arif Dirlik, ed. Chicago: Paradigm Press.

2006 Our Heritage in Print: Coquille Bibliography. In Coquille Tribal News, July.

2005 The Southwest Oregon Research Project: Strengthening Coquille Sovereignty with Archival Research and Gift Giving. In American Indian Culture and Research Journal 29 (2): 1-14.

2005 Excerpts from Coquille/Kō•Kwel, A Southern Oregon Coast Indian Tribe: ŽBody PiercingŪ. In Coquille Tribal News, June.

2005 Never Far from Home. In Anthropology at the University of Oregon, Summer (2005): 1-4.

2003 Coquille/Kō•Kwell, A Southern Oregon Coast Indian Tribe: Revisiting History, Ingenuity, and Identity. Ph.D. Dissertation on file, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon, Eugene.

2002 Survival of a Potlatch Tradition: Coquille Giveaway in the 21st Century. In Changing Landscapes: Sustaining Traditions. Proceedings of the Fifth and Sixth Annual Cultural Preservation Conference, 2001-2002, R. Scott Byram and Donald Ivy, eds. Pp. 25-41. Coquille Indian Tribe: North Bend, Oregon.

2002 (Jon Erlandson and David Lewis) University of Oregon Anthropology: Building Bridges with Pacific Northwest Tribes. In Anthropology at the University of Oregon, Summer (2002): 2-3, 11.

2001 Nine Toes in the Grave: Commentary on Living as an Indian Anthropologist. American Anthropological Association, Presidential Series presentations, JoAllyn Archambault and George Abrams organizers, Washington, DC, December 1, 2001.

2001 Coquille History: The context for my ethnic identity. In Changing Landscapes. Jason Younker et al., eds. Pp 105-114. Coquille Indian Tribe: North Bend, Oregon.

2001 (with David Lewis) The Southwest Oregon Research Project: Its Collections and Contribution to Tribal Sovereignty and Ethnological Research. Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series. November 9th, 2001.

2001 (Marguerite Forest) Inter-Agency Cooperation with Geographic Information Science: Protecting Cultural and Natural Resources in Coos County, Oregon. Oregon Planning Institute, Eugene, Oregon, October 5th, 2001.

2001 (co-edited with Mark Tveskov and David Lewis) Changing Landscapes: Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Coquille Cultural Preservation Conference. Coquille Indian Tribe: North Bend, Oregon.

2000 Historical, Botanical, and Geologic Resources and Cultural Public Land Survey System Sections on the Coquille River Estuary in Coos County, Oregon. Color vector map (18Ó X 24Ó) and working geographic information system on file at the Coos County Planning Department, Coquille, Oregon.

2000 Coquille River Archaeological Mapping Project. Series of ten color image maps (11Ó X 17Ó) showing the cultural resources on the lower Coquille River. On file at the Coquille Indian Tribe, North Bend, Oregon.

2000 Waterfront Development on Coos Bay, Oregon. Color image map (24Ó X 24Ó) showing cultural resources and economic development relationships on file at the Coquille Economic Development Corporation, North Bend, Oregon.

1999 Historical, Botanical, and Geologic Resources and Cultural Public Land Survey System Sections in Coos County, Oregon. Color vector map (36Ó X 48Ó) showing cultural and archaeological resources on file with the Coos County Planning Department, Coquille, Oregon.

1999 Geographic Information Science: Uses for Tribal and County Collaborative Resource Protection Efforts. Third Annual Culture Preservation Conference, North Bend, Oregon.

1998 Revival of a Potlatch Tradition: Coquille Giveaway. Second Annual Culture Preservation Conference, North Bend, Oregon.

1998 Bridging the Gaps in Government and Tribal Resource Protection Efforts. Second Annual Cultural Preservation Conference, North Bend, Oregon.

1998 (with Donald Ivy) Tribal Management Direction for Coquille Cultural Resources. In Coquille Forest Resource Management Plan, pp. 74-81. On file with the Coquille Indian Tribe, North Bend, Oregon.

1998 (with Donald Ivy) Coquille Tribal History, Culture, and Modern Setting. In Coquille Forest Resource Management Plan, pp. A1-A13. On file with the Coquille Indian Tribe, North Bend, Oregon.

1997 (with Donald Ivy) Coquille Indian Tribe Policy and Procedures for Cultural Preservation. On file at Coquille Indian Tribe, North Bend, Oregon.

1997 (with Jon Erlandson and George Wasson) Revival of the Coquille Giveaway. Anthropology Newsletter 39 (7): 17-18.

1997 (with Mark Tveskov, Jon Erlandson, Madonna L. Moss, and Nicole Stutte) Return to the Bandon Sandspit Site: Settlement and Subsistence at a Proto-Historic Coquille Indian Village. Report on file, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon, Eugene.

1997 A Gift of History: The Potlatch Returns. Documentary film (37 minutes), on file at the Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon, Eugene.

1997 Revival of a Potlatch Tradition: Coquille Giveaway. M.S. paper on file, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon, Eugene.

1996 Coquille Indian Cultural and Archival Resources: Museum of Anthropology at Washington State University and the Burke Museum at the University of Washington. Report on file at the Coquille Indian Tribe, North Bend, Oregon.

1996 (with Denise Mitchell) Coquille Indian Cultural and Archival Resources: Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, Washington. Report on file at the Coquille Indian Tribe, North Bend, Oregon.

1995 South Slough and the Coquille Indian Tribe. In Ethnohistoric and Archaeological Investigations of South Slough on Coos Bay, by Denise Mitchell, et al. Report on File with the Coquille Economic Development Corporation, North Bend, Oregon.

1995 (Denise Mitchell and George Wasson) Southwest Oregon Research Project: Archival Inventory and Report. Report on file with the Coquille Indian Tribe, North Bend, Oregon.

Courses

Personal

Dr. Younker is originally from Coos Bay, Oregon and has been at RIT since 2004. He is married to Joanne Bogan-Younker and has two daughters, Lillia (11) and Kiana (8).