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Dr. Andrea A. Hunter – Director/ THPO
Dr. Andrea A. Hunter is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation from the Grayhorse District and an active participant in the In’ Lon Schka dances. Both of Dr. Hunter´s grandfathers, Joseph Cannon and Arthur A. Hunter were full-blood Osage. Hunter received a BA in anthropology from the University of Colorado--Boulder, and an MA and PhD in anthropology from the University of Missouri--Columbia. Dr. Hunter was the first Native American in the United States to receive a Ph.D. in anthropology with an expertise in archaeology. After seventeen years as a professor in the Department of Anthropology and director of the North American Division of the Laboratory of Paleoethnobotany at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Dr. Hunter was honored to accept the position of Director and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Osage Nation in 2007. Dr. Hunter also served as the vice-chair for 10 years and chair for 10 years of the Smithsonian Institution´s Native American Repatriation Review Committee and during the same period was appointed a Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
Jess Hendrix – Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
Jess attended Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Anthropology. He later received a Master of Arts in Historical Archaeology from the University of West Florida where he also worked for Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN). While with FPAN, he worked extensively with members of the public through education, outreach, and training in an effort to promote archaeology, historic preservation, and cultural heritage stewardship. He also managed an 1830s industrial riverine site as part of a high school educational program with FPAN. Jess has a diverse range of excavation experience throughout the Southeast, including prehistoric sites, protohistoric sites, industrial sites, and cave sites. He also has extensive maritime archaeology training and experience and has worked on a multitude of submerged sites. He began working with the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in March 2018.
James Munkres –Archaeologist
James William Munkres received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 and a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2009. He began working as Archaeologist for the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in May, 2009. Between late 2013 and early 2018 be worked as an independent contractor in the fields of Cultural Resource Management and Historic Preservation, however, the majority of his work was done on behalf of the Osage Nation. He returned to full-time employment with the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in February, 2018. He has extensive experience in the identification and excavation of archaeological sites; the recovery, curation, and analysis of human skeletal remains; conducting and reporting on research and analysis in compliance with the Native American Graves Protection Act; monitoring of construction activities in the vicinity of archaeological sites; and participating in, and maintaining, government-to-government consultation on matters related to Section 106 and Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. He is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, the Society for American Archaeology, and numerous local historical and archaeological societies. He is proud, and honored, to serve the people of the Osage Nation, their ancestors, and their descendants in the protection and preservation of their cultural, religious, and historic places throughout the Osage Nation Ancestral Territory.
Colleen A. Bell – Archaeologist
Colleen A. Bell is a Doctoral Candidate in Archaeology at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside and Masters of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Tulsa. She is a prehistoric archaeologist specializing in lithic technology and cognitive evolution. She has extensive experience working on block excavations in Oklahoma, Texas, New Hampshire, Armenia, and Jordan. Additionally, Colleen has worked in cultural resource management for over a decade in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas conducting Phase I and Phase II fieldwork, reporting, and construction monitoring. Beginning in 2015, she has served as an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College teaching cultural anthropology and sociology. She is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists and the Society for American Archaeology. Colleen has training and experience with GPS, GIS, 3D analysis, residue analysis, use-wear (low and high power), debitage analysis, lithic technological analysis, and experimental archaeology.
Deseray Helton Wrynn
Deseray holds a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Science in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Science in Applied Anthropology from Missouri State University, specializing in lithic debitage analysis and sourcing. Before coming to work with the Osage Nation Deseray worked with the Missouri Department of Transportation as an archaeologist conducting Phase I-III fieldwork, reporting, and construction monitoring as well as laboratory work including artifact analysis. Throughout her educational journey and working with MoDOT, she has worked extensively with members of the public through education, outreach, and training in an effort to promote archaeology, historic preservation, and cultural heritage stewardship. Deseray has a diverse range of experience throughout the Southeast, especially in the state of Missouri, including both prehistoric and historic sites. She began working with the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in September 2020.
Zach has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Western Colorado University and a Master of Arts in Anthropology with an emphasis on Archaeology from The University of Texas at Austin. Academically, Zach focused his research on the ancient Lowland Maya communities in northwest Belize, studying their social organization, architecture, lithic, and ceramic technology. Professionally, Zach’s expertise lies with lithic analysis and Cultural Resource Management. Prior to working with the Osage Nation, Zach spent over 10 years as a contract archaeologist with a number of private environmental consulting firms performing all phases of archaeological fieldwork, lab work, reporting, and monitoring. Zach primarily has experience throughout the Southeast, Midwest and Southwestern United States. He began working with the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in December of 2020.
Eden Hemming received both her Bachelors in Anthropology and MA in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology from the University of Tulsa. In 2010, she created the Facebook page for the Tulsa Archaeological Society and acted as administrator until August 2020, receiving a Certificate of Outstanding Dedication to the Tulsa Archaeological Society in 2012. Her expertise is in lithic analysis, debitage analysis, and low-power microscopic usewear analysis. In 2015, she earned her green belt in Lean/Six Sigma, a method of maximizing process efficiency. Besides archaeology, Eden has also worked on issues that affect contemporary communities. Previously, she worked on a research project called Project REVIVE looking at the adverse effects of neighborhood crime on children. More recently, she has been involved with Transform Tulsa, an advocacy effort to remove the portion of I-244 in Tulsa that destroyed historic Greenwood. She has also worked on surveys and excavations in and around Tulsa. Eden combines her experience in archaeology and her interest in justice in service to the Osage Nation.
Pascha Enzi – GIS/Computer Technician
Pascha Enzi has a Bachelor of Science in Scientific and Technical Communications from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Geographic Information Science from the University of Denver. She has unique experience in the intersection of history and geography gained from working as a GIS/Database Manager documenting abandoned mining site locations for the National Park Service. Her knowledge of computer technology was fostered by working in the student technology lab of her university and she is proficient with database and GIS specific software as well as technology used for historic preservation work such as ground penetrating radar, XRF analyzers, and 3D scanners and printers.
Sarah O’Donnell – NAGPRA Coordinator
Sarah O’Donnell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Master of Science in Applied Anthropology from Missouri State University. Sarah is a prehistoric archaeologist specializing in prehistoric North American ceramics, the Missouri Ozark region in particular. Sarah’s field experience includes excavations at Cahokia Mounds and the East St. Louis Mound Group, as well as several colonial-period archaeological sites in Missouri. This specialization makes her highly qualified in identifying ancestral Osage remains and sacred items from archaeological sites for repatriation back to the Nation. Sarah is trained with GPR, XRF, Neutron Activation Analysis, and 3D Scanning methods. Sarah also uses her experience as an instructor at Missouri State University to help with public outreach and education programs developed by the Historic Preservation Office. She began working with the Historic Preservation Office in February 2015.
Kilan Jacobs – Tribal Research Assistant
L. Kilan Jacobs is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation from the Grayhorse District and an active participant in the In’ Lon Schka dances and the Osage Native American Church. Kilan is a descendant of the Neka-Thompa, Red Eagle, Cox, Kirk, and Boone families. He received his Bachelor of arts in Native American and Indigenous Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University. While at Haskell, Jacobs also received a certificate of Records Management Training from the Native American Records Repository (NARA). Jacobs leans heavily upon the elders and traditions to guide him in his daily work with the construction and management of the ever growing research library for the Historic Preservation Office. He began working with the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in April 2015.
Fawn Cheshewalla – Administrative/Field Assistant
Fawn Cheshewalla is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation from the Pawhuska District and an active participant in the In’ Lon Schka dances. For years Fawn has worked at preserving her culture and community and was honored to be named Community Activist for Oklahoma in 2012. Fawn joined the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in June 2015 and works diligently to aid and assist in administrative processing of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other Historic Preservation projects and consultations.
Courtney Neff – Administrative/Section 106 Assistant
Courtney Neff is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation from the Grayhorse District and an active participant in the In’ Lon Schka dances. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma State University where she was very active in the Native American Student Association by educating college students and faculty about Native American cultures and traditions. Courtney assists with fieldwork and coordinating cultural resource and Section 106 database management. She also oversees the Traditional Cultural Advisors Committee’s monthly meetings and aids with historic preservation community outreach. Courtney began working with the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office in June 2016.
Seth Vincent – Intern
Seth Vincent is currently an intern in the Historic Preservation Office in addition to working on his Bachelors of Science with Oklahoma State University. He has worked with the Historic Preservation Office for over two years now, aiding in interoffice projects. He is also trained in 3D Scanning Methods.