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A trusted partner of Native American, Alaskan, and Hawaiian governments and organizations for more than 40 years.

SWCA’s Tribal consultants assist clients in the public and private spheres in all aspects of Native community relations and consultation. We support project development that meets business and agency goals while upholding the values of the Native community traditions, and culture.

Native community and government engagement and relationship building are a core part of our practice and professional services. We work with clients, governments, communities, and agencies to address the essential needs of environmental planning, environmental quality, heritage preservation, and development.

We offer services from the highest level of federal policy implementation to robust ethnographic investigations to inform project design and permitting. Our Tribal consultants understand that cultural perspectives shape preferred policies and inform the actions of Native governments and their constituencies. Our specialists offer Tribal liaison and Native community-relation services, both for facilitating government-to-government consultation and for engaging Native governments and communities for private sector clients. Our specialists also support Native governments and community members in fieldwork, such as on-the-ground identification of traditional cultural properties. 

Relevant Services

  • Consultation and Regulatory Process Support
  • Tribal Field Survey and Monitoring Support and Training
  • Traditional Cultural Place (TCP) Documentation and Evaluation with Tribes
  • National Register of Historic Places and TCP Preservation Plan Development
  • Ethnography, Ethnology, and Ethnohistory
  • Cultural and Biological Assessments and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Consultation
  • Natural Resource and Restoration Management Assistance
  • Environmental Assessments and NEPA Support
  • Environmental Justice
  • Energy Sovereignty Support / Community Solar
  • Tribal Historic Preservation Office Heritage Preservation Plan Development
  • Grant-Writing Assistance and Funding Source Identification
  • Preparation Assistance for Community Wildfire and Hazard Mitigation Plans

Project Spotlights

Meet the Experts

Rockies

Scott Phillips

Scott is a senior technical director supporting Native community relations across the nation for clients, agencies, and Native governments and organizations. He is a Cultural Anthropologist with a professional background in heritage preservation and regulatory policy and affairs.

sphillips [at] swca.com (Contact Scott  →)
West

Suzanne Griset

Suzanne is a tribal engagement specialist – working directly with tribes, or with agencies required to consult tribes as part of national (NHPA Section 106 or NEPA), state, or municipal reviews. She has experience across the nation and extensive history in the western U.S.

sgriset [at] swca.com (Contact Suzanne  →)
Northeast

Christopher Donta

Dr. Donta is the New England Cultural Resources practice team lead and an archaeologist conducting state-level reviews and compliance for cultural resources under NHPA Sections 106 and 110.

christopher.donta [at] swca.com (Contact Dr. Donta  →)
Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands

Rowland Reeve

Rowland has more than 40 years of experience in archaeology and ethnography. As Principal Investigator for SWCA’s Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands Cultural Resources Program, he works closely with local organizations and communities to resolve sensitive preservation issues.

Rowland.Reeve [at] swca.com (Contact Rowland  →)