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2005-04-21 Presenter Biographies



Sherry Hutt, J.D., PhD., is the program manager for the National Native American Graves Protection and Repartriation Act (NAGPRA) Program, housed in the National Park Service, Washington office. She retired from the Arizona State Superior Court bench in 2002, after 17 years as a judge, to devote full time to the pursuits of cultural property law, and formed Cultural Property Consulting, Inc., to provide training, writing and dispute resolution support to tribes, museums and government agencies. Dr. Hutt taught cultural property law and indigenous peoples cultural property policy and law at the George Washington University, George Mason University and University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law, prior to coming to National NAGPRA. She has published numerous journal articles and chapters on cultural property and has coauthored three books: Archeological Resource Protection, NPS (1992); Heritage Resources Law, Wiley and Sons (1999); and, Cultural Property Law, American Bar Assoc. (2004). As an Assistant United States Attorney in the early 1980s, she prosecuted archeological resource criminal violation cases and continued to do training on resource protection over the ensuing 20 years for the Departments of Justice, Interior, Agriculture, Defense and Energy, as well as through the continuing education division of the University of Nevada, Reno and the National Preservation Institute. In 2002/03 she held a fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution in museum studies. She was a trustee of the Heard Museum, in Phoenix, and a founder of the Lawyer’s Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, in Washington, DC. She has also served as a tribal appellate judge and a member of the Arizona State, Tribal and Federal Court Forum. Dr. Hutt is a recipient of the Department of the Interior Conservation Service Award and a Special Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Archaeologists. She earned a J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law in 1975 and a Ph.D. in forestry/economics from Northern Arizona University School of Forestry in 2001.


Ms. D. Bambi Kraus is the President of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (NATHPO). Since graduating from Stanford University, she has resided in Washington, DC, and has been committed to working with and advocating for Native rights. She has worked as a senior advisor for President Clinton's Initiative on Race, the National Indian Policy Center, the National Advisory Council on Indian Education (U.S. Department of Education), and the National Anthropological Archives (Smithsonian Institution). Among other achievements, she completed a children's book in 1998 with and about her mother, Frances Nannauck Kraus. Ms. Kraus is a Tlingit Indian, whose family is from Kake, Alaska.