David Schwab

David Schwab has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Montana and 30 years of experience in archaeology, cultural resource management, and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) compliance. Dave worked as a field archaeologist from 1980 to 1983 and then at the Montana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) from 1984 to 1993 as a NHPA Section 106 compliance reviewer. He served as the Montana State Archaeologist at the SHPO for 7 years. Dave’s responsibilities as State Archaeologist of Montana included being a liaison with Montana Indian Tribes in historic preservation and heritage education programs. He also consulted on federal and state cultural resource protection laws, assisted in the drafting of state burial protection legislation, conducted independent archaeological research, and developed public education programs, museum displays, and interpretive projects. While at the SHPO, Dave was instrumental in designing, implementing and managing the SHPO cultural resource records management system, a computerized database that tracks over 20,000 inventory and management reports for the state of Montana.

From 1993 to 1997 Dave was the sole proprietor of Schwab Cultural Consulting, a cultural resource management firm that handled a wide range of Section 106 compliance, litigation research, EIS preparation, and National Register Nomination projects. In 1995, Dave assisted the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in establishing their Tribal Historic Preservation Department (THPD) and joined the THPD in 1997 as the contracting program manager where he worked for over a decade. His responsibilities included NHPA compliance review, negotiating grant and contract proposals, overseeing project implementation, managing 15 staff people, and finalizing reports and deliverables.

Schwab specializes in cultural resource law, historic preservation planning, video and multi-media development, and ethnographic and archaeological overviews. He serves as the Principal Investigator for most of the CRM, research, and archaeology projects for EthnoTech, LLC.

Contact Dave (406)-261-7351 dschwab@ethnotechllc.com

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