Hi everyone, my name is Jewel Touchin and I’m from Arizona. I’m an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. My clans are Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House People), born for Tl’izi lani (Many Goats People), my maternal grandparents are Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water People), and my paternal grandparents are Biih bitoodnii (Deer Springs People). I received my Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University decades ago and since then have worked as an archaeologist with two Native American tribes, two national/international engineering firms, and am currently with a private environmental planning-community planning-landscape architecture-and-cultural resources firm. I spent years doing cultural resources compliance surveys, report writing, monitoring, literature searches, and assisting agencies with their consultation obligations. Most of my work has focused on infrastructure projects – roadways, water delivery systems, transmission lines, and a bit of solar and wind. Cultural resources work has been very rewarding. I’ve completed archaeological surveys across beautiful terrain, talked with some interesting and smart people, and have learned something new nearly every day of my career thus far. Even though I’ve done compliance work for years, I know I still have plenty to learn about cultural resources management.

Areas of Interest

  • Tribal consultation
  • Southwest archaeology
  • Prehistoric archaeology
  • Ethnography and oral history
  • Cultural resources management
  • Graffiti remediation on petroglyphs
  • Environmental processes
  • Project management
Jewel Touchin
jtouchin [at] umd.edu