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 2021 field season. The deadline to apply is April 23rd, 2021, 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 2021 (June 26th-August 8th) we will be returning for our third annual field season of survey, excavation, and service learning at Red Cliff, WI.

GAICAP course content includes an introduction to Miskwaabikong 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.

New in 2021, 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 26th – August 8th, 2021

Food and Accommodation

Course participants will camp as a group from June 26th to August 8th 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

Class size is capped at 10 students for the summer 2021 field season. All applicable Red Cliff, State, and NDSU Covid-19 advice and ordinances will be followed, including mandatory face covering indoors, and when otherwise unable to maintain a six-foot physical distance. Trips into town will be limited to necessities (groceries, laundry).


There is a flat course fee of $200. 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)






Application Process

Apply before April 23rd, 2021, 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, once your application is approved, you will need to register as a non-degree seeking student at NDSU before you can enroll in ANTH496. To register as a non-degree seeking student at NDSU, follow the application procedure here.


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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