David G Lewis Resume

David Gene Lewis, PhD

1118 Lancaster Dr. NE PMB 343, Salem, Oregon 97301
Cell 541.514.3275 | dgl.coyotez@gmail.com


Academic Credentials
PhD, University of Oregon, Anthropology
MA, University of Oregon, Anthropology, International Studies minor

BA, University of Oregon, Humanities

AA, Santa Rosa Junior College, Humanities



Adjunct Professor 2003-2017

  • University of Oregon, Willamette University, Oregon State University, Western Oregon University, Linfield College, Portland State University, Chemeketa Community College, Mt. Hood Community College
  • 20+ appointments in Native studies, archives, archaeology and anthropology

Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon: 2006-2014

  • Tribal Historian/Cultural Exhibits and Archives Manager
    • Grand Ronde History Conferences (2), Exhibits curator, Archives development
  • Tribal Museum Curator/Cultural Liaison
    • Chachalu Tribal Museum and Cultural Center: Planning, policies, fundraising, staff training, collections management, exhibit curation
  • Department Manager, Cultural Resources Department
    • Cultural Resources Administrator: Archaeological Protection, THPO development, program policies, Cultural archives development, History research, Museum planning, regional consultation

Ethnohistory Research, LLC Owner/Principal Consultant, 2014- present

  • Conf. Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Consultation: TCP project
  • Kalapuyan Language group: On-going consultation and Language education development
  • Coquille Tribal Consultation: Two Traditional Cultural Properties (TCP) projects
  • Tolowa Dee-ni Tribal Consultation: Cultural Resources study
  • Grand Ronde Tribe: Joel Palmer Journal transcription organization
  • River Road School: Eugene School Consultation
  • Straub Environmental Center: Traditional Ecological Knowledge education
  • Cedar Mill Heritage Center: Planning and advisory for heritage center development, manuscript editing, essays on Kalapuya tribes
  • Place Naming: Tilikum Crossing (Portland), Whilamut Passage (I-5 at Eugene), Kalapuya Elementary (Salem), Khanamokst Park (Portland), Chifin Native Center (Springfield)
  • Government Collections Archival Studies: National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution, National Archives Records Administration, Oregon Historical Society Library, Grand Ronde Cultural Collection, University collections
  • Southwest Oregon Research Project, University of Oregon, 2000-2006: Archival collection organizer, director, field researcher

Synergistic Activities

I am a recognized administrator in regional Tribal programs. A scholar and writer of original histories of the peoples of the Northwest Coast and California, with an extensive record of guiding and administering historical and anthropological projects with regional scholars, tribes, local governments, and communities. A college educator and history presenter for over 15 years.

  • Presentations: annual presentations on regional Native history subjects.Most Recent: Confluence project, Native Discussant Panels (Portland, Astoria); Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Kalapuyans (Straub); KYAC Radio interview (Mill City); OPB documentary – Broken Treaties; NOVA documentary- Native Oral Histories of the Missoula Floods
  • Tribal Ethnohistory Archival Studies: Northwest Coast, California, Oregon.
  • Tribal Sovereignty Studies: Treaties and rights in Oregon and California
  • Ethnohistoric Products
  • Publishing: books in process- Tribal Stories of the Willamette Valley (pre-publication); Kalapuya Compendium (co-edited); Stories of Termination in Western Oregon (OSU Press); numerous articles published,
  • Online publication: ndnhistoryresearch.wordpress.com, 220 articles
  • Oregon Encyclopedia (Online): 27 articles
  • Joel Palmer Journals: transcription, manuscript
  • Chinuk Wawa dictionary: Administered project with Dr. Henry Zenk, published
  • Oregon Coast Reservation: two research projects with Dr. Steven Beckham
  • Klickitats in Oregon: Collaborative research project with Dr. Scott Byram
  • Portland Before Portland: Administered project with Dr. Robert Boyd
  • Louis Conoyer Biography: Linguistic project with Dr. Henry Zenk and Jedd Schrock.
  • Ceded Lands Maps: Directed project to create tribal maps, published.
  • Interpretive signs: Director, researched, and curated 21 projects
  • Exhibit Curation: Created program and trained staff for future museum curation program, arranged collaborative arrangements with five regional museums


Robert Boyd, PSU; Tom Connolly, UO, Oregon State Archaeologist; R. Scott Byram, Byram Archaeological; Bob Zybach, ORWW Maps; Henry Zenk, Chinuk wawa Linguist; Jedd Schrock, Linguist; Jason Younker, UO; Mark Tveskov, SOU; Jon Erlandson, UO; Jean Barman, UBC; Joallyn Archambault, SI-Museum of Natural History; Larry Landis, OSU; Malissa Minthorn, Umatilla; Eirik Thorsgard, NPS- Yosemite; Chuck Williams, author-deceased; Rebecca Dobkins, Willamette; Brook Colley, SOU; Dan Boxberger, WWU, Volker Mell, CTGR; Steven Beckham, Lewis & Clark (emeritus).

Boards, Committees, Commissions

Oregon Heritage Commission: 2009-2017; Northwest History Network: 2017; Straub Environmental Center: 2016-2017; Willamette Falls Area Heritage Coalition: 2007-2016; Tillamook Pioneer Historical Society: 2014-2017; SEA Grant Advisory Board: 2016-2017; Oregon Encyclopedia Advisory Board: 2005-2017; Society of American Archivists, Native American Archivists section: 2014-2017








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