Cultural Resources Protection Summit
Dennis E. Lewarch
Dennis E. Lewarch, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Suquamish Tribe, has 45 years experience as a professional archaeologist. Dennis received his B.A. in 1971 and M.A. in 1974 from the University of Washington, majoring in Anthropology, and has conducted archaeological investigations throughout the United States and Mexico. He worked in the private sector for engineering firms, taught archaeology and cultural resources management at the University of Nebraska, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Washington, and conducted research and cultural resources management projects for universities. Between 1987 and 2006, he was a private sector consulting archaeologist working in the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on Western Washington. Dennis was hired by the Suquamish Tribe in February 2006 as part of the Environmental Program team in the Fisheries Department. The Suquamish Tribe assumed the duties of Tribal Historic Preservation Officer on the Port Madison Indian Reservation in September 2007, and Dennis was appointed the first Suquamish THPO. He created the Suquamish Archaeology and Historic Preservation Program in 2008 and serves as the Program Manager, overseeing a team that includes a professional archaeologist and a Tribal traditional heritage specialist.