Arizona Site Steward 31st Annual Conference

The 31st annual Site Steward Conference was held on March 25 & 26 at Homolovi State Park. Over 100 attendees were able to choose among session topics that revolved around this year’s conference theme: Cultural Crossroads.

Members of the Hopi Tribe participated by opening the conference with a traditional blessing, a presentation on Hopi Cultural Landscapes, Trails and Crossroads, showcasing their craftsmanship in pottery, painting and jewelry-making, and providing music at the awards banquet. As founding members, we are grateful for the Hopi Tribe’s continuous contributions to the Site Steward program.

Thank you to all of our presenters for sharing their expertise.

  • GPS mapping - Jeff Schmidt, Dean Arnold and Japheth Hurlbut
  • Hopi Code Talker’s Remembrance exhibit - Kenn Evans
  • Making and identifying authentic Hopi pottery - Gwen Setalla
  • Twenty Years of Petroglyph recording - Evelyn Billo and Robert Mark
  • Crime Scene Management -   Robert Viatkus
  • Historic trails and Early Settlers -Ann-Mary Lutzick
  • History of Ranching and Ranchers - Kim O’Haco McReynolds and Kathleen O’Haco
  • Route 66 - Roger Naylor
  • Harvey Girls Presentations and Trunk Show - Peggy Nelson

A special thanks to the Winslow Chamber of Commerce and the staff at Homolovi State Park who not only provided fabulous venues, but innumerable examples of support.

Individual contributions:
  • Paula Pflepsen
  • Shelley Rasmussen
  • Joanna Brace
  • Darlene Brinkerhoff
  • Ruthanna Battilana
  • Kenn Evans
  • Gwen Setalla
  • Ann Howard

The Winslow Elks Lodge was filled on Saturday evening for the annual awards banquet and silent auction. A huge thank you to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Winslow, AZ for providing the venue, and to  all of the item donors and bidders. All proceeds directly benefit the Arizona Site Steward Program and the newly formed Arizona Site Steward Program Foundation.

Attendees were also able to participate in several wonderful field trip options:

  • Navajo County Historical Museum
  • Rock Art Ranch led by Darlene Brinkerhoff
  • Homolovi IV led by Kenn Evans
  • Hopi Petroglyph Park
  • Keyhole Sink led by Neil Weintraub
  • Transcontinental Air Transport Hangar
  • Holbrook Gold Course Petroglyph Sites

Congratulations to the following 2017 award recipients presented by Kathryn Leonard, Arizona State Historic Preservation Officer:

  • New Site Stewards of the Year: Paul Johnson and Linda Robbins
  • Site Steward of the Year: Dennis LeBlond
  • Regional Support Steward of the Year:  Pete Reilly
  • Assistant Regional Coordinators: Craig and Penny Moore
  • Regional Coordinator of the Year: Danny Rucker
  • Land Manager of the Year: Mary Kralovec, Assistant Manager at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge
  • Team of the Year: University Indian Ruins

Special Awards:
On the Border Award: Norm Westbrook
Angel Award: Roger Pfeuffer

Thanks to representatives of several agency program partners such as National Forest Service, Luke Air Force Base, BLM, and the Bureau of Reclamation and contributions from ASSP regional coordinators and site stewards.

Thank you to all who participated in this great celebration highlighting 31 years of the ASSP!

About the Site Steward Program

The Arizona Site Steward program was developed 31 years ago by Governor Bruce Babbitt and his Archaeological Advisory Commission in an attempt to support the protection of cultural sites on public lands. Starting with three regions and four partners, the program has grown to encompass the entire state and 32 local, state, federal and non-profit partners. Currently administered by Arizona State Parks, the program is supported by the Arizona State Parks Foundation – a 501(c).

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Site Stewards are volunteers dedicated to protecting and preserving cultural resources and the heritage of Arizona.

The Arizona Site Stewards Program is an organization of volunteers, sponsored by the public land managers of Arizona, whose members are selected, trained and certified by the State Historic Preservation Office and the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission. The chief objective of the Stewards Program is to report to the land managers destruction or vandalism of prehistoric and historic archaeological and paleontological sites in Arizona through site monitoring. Stewards are also active in public education and outreach activities.

Arizona Site Steward Program Foundation
The Foundation is incorporated as an Arizona non-profit.  An application for federal tax deductible status under 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code is pending. Our purposes are:
1.       To promote the monitoring and preservation of cultural resources;
2.       To support the administration of the Arizona Site Steward Program; and
3.       To solicit funds to advance the purposes of the Arizona Site Steward Program.
The Board of Directors will be comprised of no less than 5, no more than 19 voting Directors, and Honorary non-voting members as the Board may elect. There will be 2 land manager representatives, 2 regional coordinator representatives, 4 site steward representatives, and 1 tribal representative.
For more information about the Foundation and how you can help support the Arizona Site Steward Program, contact Nicole Armstrong-Best at [email protected]

Goals of the Arizona Site Steward Program

Site Steward PhotographA Site Steward’s primary role is to monitor archaeological, historical, and paleontological sites and report any looting/vandalism to the land manager. Site Stewards make an important contribution to preserving our cultural heritage by working closely with Federal, State, Tribal, County, and municipal agency staff and archaeologists. The Site Steward Program is designed to meet the interests and skills of the volunteers.

  1. To preserve major prehistoric, historic and paleontological resources for the purposes of conservation, scientific study, and interpretation.
  2. To increase public awareness of the significance and value of cultural resources and the damage done by vandalism.
  3. To discourage site vandalism and the sale and trade of antiquities.
  4. To support the adoption and enforcement of national, state, and local preservation laws and regulations.
  5. To support and encourage high standards of cultural resource investigation throughout the state.
  6. To promote better understanding and cooperation among agencies, organizations, and individuals concerned about the preservation of cultural resources.
  7. To enhance the completeness of the statewide archaeological and paleontological inventory.

Site Steward Training

Volunteer training involves at least 10 hours of classroom instruction and field training. The training sessions include antiquity laws, crime scene management, artifact, site and feature identification, and map & GPS reading. The program seeks volunteers with strong interests in cultural resource conservation who enjoy the outdoors.


State and Federal antiquity laws prohibit damage to archaeological and paleontological sites. Help protect Arizona's irreplaceable cultural resources by becoming a Steward of the past. To become a Site Steward, please fill out an online application at: You will be contacted shortly by a coordinator to schedule training.

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