Dr. Brice Obermeyer
Office: 115D Butcher Education Center
Education: Ph.D., University of Oklahoma,
Dr. Obermeyer is an anthropologist that specializes in American Indian ethnography (Plains and Eastern Woodland), Tribal Historic Preservation, NAGPRA compliance and the politics of federal recognition. His publications, grants and research have primarily been carried out in collaboration with the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma with whom he has worked since 2001.
Dr. Obermeyer (center) working with representatives from the Delaware Nation, Delaware Tribe and Stockbridge-Munsee before the reburial event at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, 2009.
Dr. Obermeyer has been on faculty at ESU since 2004 and has been actively involved in several campus wide programs including the Athletic Advisory Board, Advisory Board for the Center for Great Plains Studies and the Ethnic and Gender Studies minor. Along with the two sections of Contemporary Cultures (AN210) that he offers every semester, Dr. Obermeyer also offers two upper division Anthropology electives. In the fall 2012, he will offer Contemporary Cultures, Human Evolution and Civilization; and Native Peoples of North America.
Beyond his responsibilities at Emporia State University, Dr. Obermeyer also serves as the Director of Delaware Tribe's Historic Preservation Office (DTHPO) also located in Emporia. The DTHPO works to ensure the protection and preservation of cultural and historic resources that are significant to Delaware tribal heritage. The DTHPO regularly offers both undergraduate and graduate internships for students who are interested in American Indian history, ehtnography, tribal historic preservation, museum studies, GIS applications and archaeology. For more information on internship opportunities with the DTHPO, please contact Dr. Obermeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delaware Tribe given 2012 NAGPRA federal grant article: http://www.examiner-enterprise.com/sections/news/local-news/delaware-tribe-given-nagpra-federal-grant.html
2007 Present Editorial Board, University of Kansas Press
2005-2007 Editorial Board, University of Kansas Press (Alternate)
Field School Experience: (Summer 2009)
The course offered an introduction to the ethnographic research method through first-hand experiences with American Indian Tribes in Oklahoma.
2016 “The Lands of My Nation,” Delaware Indians in Kansas, 1829-1869. With John P. Bowes. Great Plains Quarterly 36(1):1-30.
2015 “We Call It Put Him Away”: Contemporary Delaware Burial Practices and NAGPRA. North American Archaeologist 37(2)
Neller, Angela; Brice Obermeyer and Ramona Peters,
2013 NAGPRA’s Impact on Non-Federally Recognized Tribes. In Accomplishing NAGPRA: Perspectives on the Intent, Impact, and Future of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Sangita Chari and Jamie Lavallee, eds. Pp. 161-194. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press.
2011 Cherokee-Delaware Agreement? An Historical Perspective on a Contemporary Intertribal Dispute. In The Trail of Broken Treaties: Diplomacy in Indian Country from Colonial Times to Present. Bartosz Hlebowicz with Adam Piekarski, eds. Pp. 163-184. Bydgoszcz: Wyższa Szkoła Gospodarki w Bydgoszczy.
2009 Delaware Tribe in a Cherokee Nation. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
Delaware Tribe in a Cherokee Nation-University of Nebraska Press
2009 Delaware Country: Landscape, Identity and Politics in an Oklahoma Indian Tribe. Plains Anthropologist 54 (211):181-199.
2007 Salvaging the Delaware Big House Ceremony: The History and Legacy of Frank Speck's Collaboration with the Oklahoma Delaware. In Histories of Anthropology Annual F. Gleach and R. Darnell, eds., Pp. 184-198, University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln.
2005 Lessons from Salt Creek: Maintaining Tribal Identity Among the Black Indians of the Five Civilized Tribes. Pp. 54-62, Terry Straus, ed., In Race, Roots & Relations: Native and African Americans. Albatross Press: Chicago
2004 From Coronado to Cattlemen: Assessing the Legacy of 19th-Century Cattle Trails on the Southern High Plains. Kansas Preservation 26(2):14-17. Co-authored with Scott Sundermeyer
External Research Grants Awarded:
2012 NAGPRA Consultation Grant ($89,554): Funding awarded by the National Park Service to aid the implementation of Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
2009 National Park Service: NAGPRA Repatriation Grant ($5,000): Funding awarded by the National Park Service for the reburial of Delaware remains excavated from Delaware Water Gap.
2008 American Philosophical Society: Phillips Fund for Native American Research Grant ($2,500): Funding to support research on the impacts of acknowledgment on the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe.
2004 NAGPRA Documentation Grant ($75,000): Funding awarded by the National Park Service to create a digital database of human remains ancestral to the Delaware held in museums nationwide and to begin consultation with the State Museums of New York and New Jersey.
2004 NAGPRA Repatriation Grant ($15,000: Funding awarded by the National Park Service for the reburial of Delaware remains held at the State Museum of Pennsylvania.
2004 Basic Library Services Grant ($4,000): Funding awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to enhance the information technology at the Delaware Tribal Library.
2004 National Park Service: NAGPRA Repatriation Grant ($14, 426): Funding awarded by the National Park Service for the reburial of Delaware remains discovered on Ellis Island.
2004 Professional Assistance Grant ($2,000): Funding awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to provide Library Services to provide technical training for the staff at the Delaware Tribal Library.
2000 Phillips Fund for Native American Research Grant ($1,400): Funding provided by the American Philosophical Society for Archival Research on the reorganization of Pojoaque Pueblo.
Internal Research Grants Awarded:
2009 Emporia State University: Faculty Research and Creativity Grant ($3,000): Funding to support research on the impacts of acknowledgment on the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe.
2009 ESU Foundation: Faculty Incentive Grant ($750): Funding awarded to purchase the updated DVD series, Cultural Anthropology: Our Diverse World.
2008 Emporia State University: Faculty Research and Creativity Grant ($3,000): Funding to support preliminary research on the federal acknowledgement of the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe.
2006 Emporia State University: Faculty Research and Creativity Grant ($7,643): Funding to support the transcription, coding and analysis of 40 recorded interviews with Delaware tribal members.