Rae Gould is a member of the Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts and has over 20 years of experience in tribal issues and relations at the local, state and federal level in addition to working extensively with tribes from the Northeast. She has taught Anthropology, Archaeology and Native American Studies courses at University of Connecticut, Connecticut College, American University, Catholic University and UMass Amherst. From 2014 to 2017 she worked in the Office of Native American Affairs at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) in Washington, D.C. and contributed to projects affecting Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations such as the identification and protection of Sacred Sites and Traditional Cultural Landscapes. She also led the agency’s Native Youth program, focused on introducing the field of historic preservation to Native Youth. She earned a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Gould’s publications include: “NAGPRA, CUI and Institutional Will”; "Rethinking Colonialism: Indigenous Innovation and Colonial Inevitability" (with Stephen Mrozowksi and Heather Law); "Cultural Practice and Authenticity: The Search for Real Indians in New England in the 'Historical' Period"; and "The Nipmuc Nation, Federal Acknowledgment, and a Case of Mistaken Identity." She also contributed the entry on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in the 2013 Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology by Claire Smith.
Dr. Gould has also worked on archaeology, education and museum projects for audiences of all ages through her work with her tribe and at several museums in New England. Her research interests focus on tribal and community-based projects; cultural heritage and resources, historic preservation and museum collections management; New England Native American history and culture in the Post-Contact centuries; Native American art and architecture in the Post-Contact centuries; Native American and Indigenous legal and sovereignty issues, including NAGPRA, Federal Acknowledgement, National Historic Preservation Act and Section 106 regulations.
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