Sault Tribe
  • - Cultural
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
  • $16.14
  • Hourly
  • Year Round - Full Time
  • Yes



The Cultural Repatriation Assistant, under the direction of the Cultural Repatriation Specialist, assists the Cultural Repatriation Specialist (CRS) in accomplishing identified goals and action to be taken through the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and its applicable Federal Rules and Regulations. The position assists the CRS in accomplishing identified goals and action to be taken through the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 and its applicable Federal Rules and Regulations, as well as Sault Tribe Policy and Procedure regarding these issues and any other Federal or State Law that may apply.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Assists the CRS in the development and implementation of Tribal Repatriation and Historic Preservation Program objectives and goals.
  • Contributes to the writing and the implementation of any current and or future Federal grants.
  • Assists CRS in the Repatriation and Reburial of Ancestral Remains and or Objects.
  • Performs specialized computer work including development and implementation of a NAGPRA inventory database to develop reporting capabilities as to where remains/artifacts are located.
  • Utilizes ArcGIS and USGS maps as they pertain to NAGPRA and the National Historic Preservation Act and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Traditional land base.
  • Submits reports and requests regarding Ancestral Remains and Objects that are or may be Culturally Affiliated to the Sault Tribe.
  • Assists with and attend Consultation with museums, Universities, departments, agencies, and others.
  • Performs general office work including answering phone, filing, typing, maintaining and updating records and databases as required.
  • Performs research to locate and acquire records and items relevant to the Anishinaabe.
  • Supports the Cultural Division in special events and projects as well as other Sault Tribe departments in work related tasks.
  • Will be required to assume some of the job duties of the Cultural Repatriation Specialist in absence of said person, such as; ensuring security of an Inadvertent Discovery Site and arranging travel and facilitating meetings.
  • Acquires necessary training to meet job requirements as described above.


ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)


  • Adhere to Tribal Employment Policy and Procedures.
  • Accurate and timely completion of assigned duties.
  • Responsible for ensuring safe transport of Ancestral Remains and objects.
  • Responsible for proper treatment and storage of Ancestral Remains and objects.
  • All other job related duties as assigned.




Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, managers in other departments, executives, Board of Directors, customers, outside vendors/service providers, tribal representatives, local, state and federal departments and agencies, archeologists, anthropologists, museum and university representatives.




Position light with lifting of 50 pounds, with occasional lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling up to 50 pounds. Physical factors include constant use of hearing and near vision and typing; frequent sitting and driving and occasional standing, walking, carrying/lifting, pushing/pulling, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crawling, reaching, manual handling, use of smell, far vision, depth perception, field of vision and bending. Working conditions include occasional exposure to weather, extreme heat/cold and wet/humidity. Potential hazards include constant computer use, frequent driving, occasional exposure to moving mechanical parts, electric shock, insecticides and pesticides and equipment use. Hazards kit with protective gloves, mask and Personal Protection Equipment (PPO).




Education: Associates Degree in Anthropology, Political Science, Archeology, American Indian Studies, History, Cultural Resources Management, Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Business, Biology or Environmental Sciences required; Bachelor's preferred.


Experience: Four years of work experience with 2 years working in Historic Preservation or Repatriation office experience preferred. Anishinaabe Cultural knowledge and experience required.



Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable by the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Must comply with annual driver's license review and insurability standards with the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Must maintain a good moral character standing. Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Maintain courteous and professional behavior. Must have an extensive knowledge of Anishinaabe Traditional Cultural Life Ways. Must be spirituality strong enough to deal with troubling situations. Knowledge of the Anishinaabemowin language or willing to learn for ceremonial purposes preferred. Knowledge of terminology and practices of various professionals and technicians e.g. Archaeologists, Anthropologists, law enforcement, required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required. Excellent organization skills required.  Excellent time management skills required. Must be able to maintain and generate accurate and complete records and reports. Must be able to speak in public. Must be able to handle multiple projects. Must be able to handle crisis situations and emergencies. Must maintain confidentiality. Native American preferred.


REMUNERATION:                        $16.14/hr

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