Paulette Steeves

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Paulette Steeves born, on 25 November 1955, in Whitehorse, Yukon moved with her family a year later to British Columbia, Canada where she grew up among a traditional Salish community. She is a First Nations Cree Metis archaeologist, activist, and molecular anthropologist, with a focus on establishing a new paradigm for the history of the Western Hemisphere that recognizes the deep time frames of pre-12,000 indigenous nations.[1] She also strives to create positive changes through scholarships that promote a decolonization of American academic paradigms, disciplines, and pedagogies. She is currently a student at Binghamton University while seeking her doctorate, under the Clifford D. Clarke Fellowship Award. Where she has worked on creating the Western Hemisphere Indigenous Peoples Pleistocene Database (WHIPPDB) website,[2] which contains hundreds of archeological sites dating the peopling of the Americas prior to the Clovis culture.


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Paulette Steeve, a PhD Candidate at Binghamton University, is a First Nations (Cree- Metis-Ojibwa) Indigenous Archaeologist who is proving that Indigenous people have been in the Americas for over 50,000 years. Steeves has proposed a terminology that identifies the Indigenous people of the Western Hemisphere, as Indigenous to the Western Hemisphere (the Americas), Paleo Indigenous I to Paleo Indigenous VII, corresponding to environmental time frames.

Indigenous Archaeology, Indigenous Method, Theory, and Science are based in Indigenous ways of knowing, reciprocity, respect and relational epistemologies which have been practiced and passed down for thousands of years.

Steeves began her academic career in 1995, when she obtained her GED.[3] She later went on to graduate from the University of Arkansas receiving a BA Honors cum laude degree in Anthropology. She continued her academic career at the University of Binghamton under the Clifford D. Clark Fellowship, a five-year merit-based fellowship promoting diversity, where she has garnered an M.A. in Archaeology and EVOS Evolutionary Studies minor, in 2010.[4] She is also the founder of the Indigenous Student Association at Binghamton University that sponsors and presents Native American and Indigenous Peoples, of the Western Hemisphere, speakers and events.[5] Currently,[when?] she is working on her PhD dissertation, "Turning the Earth of a Colonial Terra Nullius: Decolonizing Indigenous History, Pleistocene Sites in the Western Hemisphere 18,000 - 50,000 YBP", while, also, teaching courses promoting indigenous causes. Along with her teaching and course work, Paulette has, also, worked with Steven Holen, of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, in excavating sites throughout the North American Midwest, as part of his Early Humans in the Americas Project.[6]

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Her most salient work,[citation needed] however, has been the construction of a database that compiles the growing archaeological evidence for a pre-Clovis peopling of the Western Hemisphere (The Americas).[7] The database, still under construction, provides a single place where the growing evidence from numerous sources, suggesting people have been in the Americas for 40,000 years B.P. or more, can be accessed. As part of her work, as an activist and scholar, in providing credence for her critique of the lens of colonial pedagogy that frames stringent Clovis-first advocacy,[8] a cause that she has been asked to share in numerous symposiums and conferences.[9][10] paleoanthropology


Grants, scholarships, and awards[edit]

  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Native American Archaeology Internship Award 2011.
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Native American Archaeology Internship Award 2010.
  • Society for American Archaeology SAA, Arthur C. Parker Scholarship for Native American Training 2010.

  • Clifford .D. Clark Fellowship, Binghamton University, Graduate School 2008–2013,stipend & full tuition.
  • Plains Anthropologist, Native American Student Award, 1999.
  • SILO/ SURF Undergraduate Honors Independent Research Grant 1999.
  • Single Parent Scholarship of Washington County: 1996/1997/1998/1999.
  • Robert L Stigler Jr. Scholarship and Certificate of Achievement Award University of Arkansas, Department of Anthropology.
  • Anderson Scholarship, University of Arkansas, Honors Department: 1997.

Honors and Awards

  • Trio Achiever Award, 1999, in recognition of outstanding achievement.
  • University of Arkansas Award for Academic Excellence: 1996-1997-1998.
  • Lois M Fry Memorial Scholarship Award 1997.


  1. ^ Lesman, Madalyn. "Course to Offer Rare Historical Insight." Pipe Dream. Binghamton University, 2 Nov. 2010. Web. 23 Apr. 2011.
  2. ^ The Western Hemisphere Indigenous Pleistocene Peoples Database website (
  3. ^ Her profile from the [ American Indian Science and Engineering Society website
  4. ^ Bios of current Clark Fellows
  5. ^ ISA homepage
  6. ^ Holen, Steven. "Early Humans in the Americas Project." Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Web. 23 Apr. 2011.
  7. ^ Bellon, Robert. "Researcher Catalogs Hundreds of Archaeological Sites." Pipe Dream. Binghamton University, 8 Feb. 2011. Web. 23 Apr. 2011.
  8. ^ Steeves, Paulette. "Deep Time Ancestors in the Western Hemisphere." Pleistocene Coalition News 2 (Sept.-Oct. 2010): 1-2. Pleistocene Coalition. Web Accessed. 23 Apr. 2011.
  9. ^ Steeves, Paulette. "Anarchist by Default: Red Anthropologists in a White Academia" Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine. Radical_Archaeological_Theory_Symposium_2009 (October 17, 2009). Web Accessed. 23 April 2011.
  10. ^ Society for American Anthropologists, comp. "Steeves, Paulette (Binghamton University) (173) Pebbles In A Pond; American Archaeology Needs A Landslide." Abstracts of the SAA 76th Annual Meeting. Proc. of Society for American Anthropologists 76th Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA. Web. 23 Apr. 2011.

Further reading[edit]

  • Adovasio, J. M., & Page, J. (2002). The first Americans: in pursuit of archaeology's greatest mystery. New York: Random House.
  • Bryan, A. L. (1986). New evidence for the Pleistocene peopling of the Americas. Orono, Me.: Center for the Study of Early Man, University of Maine.
  • Dillehay, T. D. (2000). The settlement of the Americas: a new prehistory. New York: Basic Books.
  • MacNeish, R. S. (1973). Early man in America; readings from Scientific American, with an introd.,. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman.
  • Shutler, R. (1983). Early man in the New World. Beverly Hills, Calif.: Sage Publications.

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