Red Cliff Field School

Geté Anishinaabe Izhichigéwin Community Archaeology Project (GAICAP) - Archaeological Field School 

A collaboration of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and North Dakota State University.  

Boozhoo! The GAICAP archaeological field school is now taking applications for the 2022 field season. The deadline to apply is March 18th, 2022, and places are limited, so please complete your application today.

Geté Anishinaabe Izhichigéwin (or “ancient Indigenous lifeways”) is a one-of-a-kind collaborative Indigenous archaeology field school directed by the Red Cliff Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) and archaeologists at North Dakota State University and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. For six weeks in 2022 (June 11th-July 24th) we will be returning for our fourth annual field season of survey, excavation, and service learning at Red Cliff, WI.

GAICAP course content includes an introduction to Miskwaabikang Anishinaabeg (Red Cliff Ojibwe) history and culture, archaeological survey methods, excavation, GPS and total station operation, artifact cataloguing and curation, and service-learning at the annual Red Cliff powwow and summer language camp.

We will also be offering a week-long tribal archaeological monitor training program. If you are a tribal archaeological monitor, or have an interest in becoming one, please contact Red Cliff THPO Mr. Marvin DeFoe for further information about this unique opportunity.

College Credit

College credit (3-6 credit hours) is available for students who enroll for ANTH 496 through North Dakota State University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. As an accredited land-grant university, credits from NDSU are widely transferable to other universities and tribal colleges throughout the country. Per-credit tuition rates vary based on residency. Further information can be found here.

Class Dates

June 11th – July 24th, 2022

Food and Accommodation

Course participants will camp as a group from June 11th to July 24th at Red Cliff. Evening meals will be catered five days a week. Camping and meal costs are included in course fees. Students are responsible for transportation to/from Red Cliff, tent, personal camping gear, and suitable outdoor clothing.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

All applicable Red Cliff, State, and NDSU Covid-19 advice and ordinances will be followed. 


There is a flat course fee of $250. This fee helps defray the cost of food, lodging, and vehicle rentals in the field. Additionally, enrolled students pay a per-credit tuition fee at the standard NDSU rates based on residency as shown below:

Residence Category

Per-Credit Tuition rate

Per-Credit Fees

Course Fee

3-Credit Option

6-Credit Option

North Dakota












Out-of-State (incl. WI)






Anthropology Field Experience Scholarship

A merit-based scholarship of up to $1000 is available for a limited number of students. If you wish to be considered for this scholarship, please indicate this when completing the application.

Application Process

Apply before March 18th, 2022, to secure your place.

All Applicants

Apply now here.

Current NDSU Students

For current NDSU students, once your application is approved, you will be able to enroll for ANTH 496 in campus connection.

Students Enrolled at Another Institution

If you are a student at another institution and your application is approved, you will need to register as a non-degree seeking student at NDSU before you can enroll in ANTH496. Instructions will be sent to you with your acceptance message.


For information about the application process or course enrollment, contact Dr. John Creese at or Dr. Heather Walder at For information about the tribal monitor training program, contact Mr. Marvin DeFoe, Red Cliff THPO, at

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