Red Cliff Field School

Geté Anishinaabe Izhichigéwin Community Archaeology Project (GAICAP) - Field School 2023

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 2023 field season. The priority deadline to apply is February 15th, 2023, and places are limited. For full consideration, apply here by February 15th. 

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 four weeks in 2023 (June 17th- July 17th) we will be returning for our fifth 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 summer language camp.

In 2023, we will also be offering a week-long tribal archaeological monitor training program, July 10th-14th, 2023. 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.

Earn College Credit

College Credit

College credit (3 or 6 credit hours) is available for students who enroll for ANTH 496/695 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 17th – July 17th, 2023

Food and Accommodation

Course participants will camp as a group from June 17th to July 17th 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, including face coverings indoors.


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.


Application Process

Not accepting applications for 2024.  Please check back for Summer 2025. 

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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