Fall 2017 Newsletter

The Fall 2017 CTA Newsletter is hot off the digital press! Get your copy here or head on over to the ‘About CTA’ tab and select ‘Newsletters’.

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Table Sponsors needed for CTA Fall Social

The CTA is now soliciting table sponsors or donations for the CTA Fall Social occurring on Friday, October 20 in conjunction with the annual TAS Meeting in Grapevine, Texas.  Reservations are limited, so please go to this link, scroll down to 2017 Fall CTA Social, and reserve today.  The table fee is $150.

Additionally, donations can be made in any amount to help out but must meet that minimum fee to use table space. Thanks for your support!

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Update: Curation Training Part I

Dear CTA members,

As the TAS annual meeting draws near, we wanted to provide you with some additional details regarding the CTA’s next ‘professional development’ training session. Curation Training Part I will be held on Friday, October 20th from 1:30-5pm and will cover concepts, philosophies, and approaches. Part One is very strongly recommended not just for lab personnel, but for PIs and Project Managers. Your instructors will be Maggie Moore of Atkins Global, Marybeth Tomka of TARL, and Brad Jones of the THC.
Part II will be a day-long session dealing with actual collections issues and will likely be held in conjunction with the Spring meeting (or maybe apart). More details will be posted as they become available.
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Professional Development: Curation Training Part I

During the Fall TAS Annual Meeting, the CTA will be offering the first in a two-part series on Curation Training on Friday, October 20. This upcoming professional development opportunity will be free for CTA members.

Additional details to follow shortly!


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Legislation Watch: SB 1630 and HB 3265. Public Hearings tomorrow! (April 18th)

Please note that two identical proposed bills have been filed in the House (by Representative Donna Howard) and Senate (by Senator Dawn Buckingham) that address several matters relating to the Health & Safety Code including:


  •  definitions for terms currently used in the law
  •  introduction of new definitions and a process for verification for filing record of unknown    cemeteries
  •  landowner notification requirements for Notice of Existence of Cemetery filings
  •  concurrent reporting to landowners and THC for unverified cemeteries
  •  removal of the state registrar permit requirement for exhumations from certain types of cemeteries
  •  the inclusion of municipal or county cemeteries as options for reburial

The Senate Committee on Business and Commerce will consider SB 1630 at a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 18th at 8am and the House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism will consider HB 3265 at a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 18th at 2pm.

To track future activity of these bills, please click on the links to each bill above or visit the Texas Legislature Online (http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/).
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Spring 2017 Newsletter is Ready


Check out the Spring 2017 newsletter! Go to the Newsletters page of the website or just click here!

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And the E. Mott Davis Award goes to……..

….the Frost Town Archeological Project in Downtown Houston! The Texas Department of Transportation, Prewitt and Associates, Inc., and the Houston Archeological Society conducted a data recovery project in conjunction with the replacement of Elysian Viaduct. The project impacted the remains of the Frost Town community, a ca. 1830s German immigrant settlement, which evolved to a mixed European/African American community, and then a Hispanic neighborhood, before its disappearance in the 1990s. Several public outreach activities were conducted as part of the first phase of this project, which are detailed in the attached PDF. Congratulations!

Frost Town nomination for E. Mott Davis Award 2017

Houston Archeological Society members screening excavated fill at the Frost Town site. L to R: Bob Sewell, Sandy Rogers, Larry Golden, Linda Gorski, and Steve Menegaz.

View of Houston Archeological Society members screening excavated fill at the Frost Town site. The view is looking north, with McKee Street on the left and the Elysian Viaduct bridge in the background.

Archeologists inspecting the interior of the Baugh cistern (41HR1188). L to R: Louis Aulbach, Houston Archeological Society; Doug Boyd, Prewitt and Associates, Inc.; Jason Barrett, Texas Department of Transportation.

Jason Barrett (L) and Louis Aulbach (R) making a tracing of the name etched into the plastered wall of the Baugh cistern.

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Mark Your Calendars

The Spring 2017 Meeting of the CTA will be held on April 7, 2017 at Camp Mabry in Austin. The afternoon social will also be held as usual at the picnic area at Camp Mabry. Please keep an eye out for more information in the Spring newsletter. Also, through the gracious spirit of volunteerism on the part of Pat Mercado-Allinger and her staff, arrangements are underway for a day-long(ish) Texas Antiquities Code training session on April 6, 2017. There are many different Section 106 classes offered by different organizations, and many of us have taken them as part of our training as CRM archaeologists. However, many of our projects are also (or only) carried out under the Texas Antiquities Code and there has not been an equivalent training session on the Code, until now. Pat and her staff have very (very) kindly agreed to offer an Antiquities Code training as part of our spring meeting agenda. 

The April 6, 2017 Texas Antiquities Code Training will be held at Camp Mabry. People interested in the training can contact Jon Lohse at jlohse@coastalenv.com to sign up. Space is limited to 50 people, so hurry if you would like to attend!

And finally, remember to bring you ID to get on base.

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Special Edition of Archeological Journal of the Texas Prairie-Savannah

Go to our publications page to take a look at a special edition of the Archeological Journal of the Texas Prairie-Savannah on the pottery of the Harrell Site (41YN1), in Young County Texas.

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Governmental Affairs Update

Hi ya’ll,
The CTA Governmental Affairs Committee presented information at the fall meeting last week on a number of issues for which there is additional information online. The committee is providing the following links for membership review to keep you appraised.

Federal plans/actions:
· There is an interesting look at this year’s presidential candidates and leanings on historic preservation at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-werkheiser/in-a-historic-election-wh_b_9548564.html.

· This year marks the anniversary of the establishment of the National Historic Preservation Act. Signed by Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966. Go to http://preservation50.org/ to see Preservation50’s five goals is to educate policymakers about the impacts of the National Historic Preservation Act.

· USACE fallout from the Dakota Access Pipeline-If any of you have been following the federal court decisions/appeals on this, you know that there are potential overarching effects to the pipeline permitting process by USACE, particularly tribal consultation. Not to rehash the whole story here but the federal court opinion, issued September 9, 2016, presents a very interesting review of the permitting process, how this case navigated it, and the court’s view of it (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe et al. vs US Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Action No. 16-1534 [JEB]). You can view the full court opinion at http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf.

The same day the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior issued a joint statement regarding the opinion which featured the following statement:

“…this case has highlighted the need for a serious discussion on whether there should be nationwide reform with respect to considering tribes’ views on these types of infrastructure projects. Therefore, this fall, we will invite tribes to formal, government-to-government consultations on two questions: (1) within the existing statutory framework, what should the federal government do to better ensure meaningful tribal input into infrastructure-related reviews and decisions and the protection of tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights; and (2) should new legislation be proposed to Congress to alter that statutory framework and promote those goals.”

The full statement is posted at: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/joint-statement-department-justice-department-army-and-department-interior-regarding-standing.

September 13, 2016 SAA issued a statement as well- http://saa.org/Portals/0/SAA/GovernmentAffairs/DAPL_LETTER.pdf. Very interesting read.

September 28, 2016 the American Cultural Resources Association, a national trade organization for the CRM industry, issued a statement as well- http://www.acra-crm.org/page-18082.

October 11, 2016 the first of seven scheduled formal Tribal Consultation meetings began, which will continue through the end of November at various places around the country. Transcripts of these meetings as well as a copy of the framing paper issued by the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, Director of the Office of Tribal Justice, and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) on behalf of the Department of the Interior, Department of Justice, Department of the Army, and other federal agencies can be found at http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/AS-IA/ORM/TribalInput/index.htm.

· 1st amendment to the 2001 PA for Collocation of Wireless Antennas between the FCC, state SHPOs, and ACHP was issued August 3, 2016-See the revised PA at http://www.achp.gov/fccamendment2016.html.

· ACHP rolls out new guidance on Protecting Sensitive Information about Historic Properties- Issued August 16, 2016. Referencing Section 304 of the NHPA, this mostly applies to federal agency review. The guidance is available for viewing at http://www.achp.gov/304guidance.html.

State plans/actions:
· First day of regular legislative session is January 10, 2017. Bill pre-filing begins November 14 and the 60-day bill filing deadline is March 10. See http://www.legis.state.tx.us/MnuMyTLO.aspx
to set up your account for tracking bills and creating alerts.

Andrea Stahman Burden

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