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Charles Cambridge papers

Identifier: COU:292


This collection contains the papers of Charles Cambridge, an enrolled member of the Navaho Tribe, archaeologist, anthropologist, and former faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder, whose research focused on traditional architectural designs, as well as AIDS and its effects on American Indian populations.


  • Creation: 1970 - 1980

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Biographical Note

Charles Cambridge was born a member of the Navajo Tribe in Farmington, New Mexico on April 22, 1946. He was enrolled at Shiprock Agency with the BIA census number: 201,171. As a child he went to school at Durango High School in Durango, Colorado where he received his High School Diploma in 1964. For his college education he enrolled into the University of Colorado at Boulder where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology during the year 1976. In 1981 he then received his Master of Arts Degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1994, Charles Cambridge wrote a dissertation titled, "An Anthropological Study of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome among American Indian Population." At this time Mr. Cambridge received his Director of Philosophy Degree in Anthropology while attending the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Professor Cambridge became a director of Youth Conferences and Workshops in 1967-68, the Clyde Warrior Institute of American Indian Studies in 1969, and the American Indian Educational Opportunity Program in 1969-71. In 1967-68 he was also a member of the Coalition of American Indian Citizens of the Poor People’s Campaign and of the Student Crusade for Amerind Rights. In 1977 he was a Human Resources Planner. From 1978-79 He took the role of President of the Deganawidah Quetzalcoatl University. Between the years of 1972-2000, Charles was President and Executive Director for Kimochi, Inc.

Charles Cambridge also taught at various institutions and educational levels. As early as 1966, he was a part-time instructor at a Canadian Indian Youth Council Workshop, which took place at the University of British Columbia. He has also taught at the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, Denver Community College and the Catalyst Complex, as well as other universities outside Colorado. He also has given lectures across the country to students and adults on topics ranging from Native Americans to AIDS to anthropology, with a special focus on the effects of Aids/HIV and racial discrimination.

Additionally, Charles Cambridge has had years of experience as a consultant. From 1966-67 he was a consultant for Program Development, Canadian Indian Youth Council Workshop. The following year he consulted for Indian Education Programs, Far West Educational Laboratory in Berkeley, California. In 1971 he consulted for the Indian Specialization Group at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. From the years 1967-73 Dr. Cambridge consulted for the Indian Program Development, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education in Boulder, Colorado. Throughout the 1980’s Professor Cambridge was a consultant to many organizations. These include the Native American Awareness Week, Oyate Indian Club at the University of Colorado Boulder, Moqui Project in Kykotsmovi, Arizona, and American Indian Technical Services in Denver, Colorado. From 1996 to 2000, Dr. Cambridge served as a consultant for numerous organizations, including the Native American Focus Group, Project Safe, at the University of Colorado Health Sciences, “American Indian Program” Cell Tech Corporation in Boulder, and “Program Development” New American Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dr. Cambridge has also been and still is a member/board member of many organizations. From 1963–1972 he was a board member in the National Indian Youth Council, an honorary member in the Canadian Indian Youth Council to name a few. In the years 1983-2000 he was a member of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on AIDS, a board member for the Denver Indian Center as well as the Running Horse Foundation. Other organizations include the Native American Resource Group, Denver Museum of Natural History, the American Indian Archaeological Institute, Kimochi Incorporated, and a board member/principal owner in the Medicine Bow, Inc.

Professor Cambridge has participated as an Archaeological and Ethnographic Researcher for the Indian Specialization Group at the University of Puget Sound, and a project archaeologist for the Caribou Open Space Survey for Boulder, County, and also as a research analyst for the San Juan Research Project, National Indian Youth Council in Albuquerque. From 1982-2000 he did archaeologist III, CANDO, for the Navajo Tribe in Arizona, and a design advisor for the Navajo Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Natural History. He was also a presenter for topics such as “Contributions of American Indians” at the U.S. Governmental American Indian Heritage Month, “Boulder’s Medicine Wheel Site”, “The Archaeological Record and Sacred Sites”, and an archaeological and anthropological advisor for American Indian Individuals, Organizations, Communities and Tribes.

Dr. Cambridge has also had experience in the legal world. From 1996-1999 he was an expert witness for the plaintiff in the case of Cambridge and Lopez v. General Services Administration. He was accepted by the Court to be an expert in Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology and American Indian Religion. In the first and second trials of The People of the State of California v. Michael Wauneka, Charles was accepted by the Court to be an expert in Navaho Culture, American Indian History, American Indian Cultures, and American Indian Urban Society.

Charles cambridge received a certificate of appreciation in 1989 for contributing to cultural diversity and awareness at CU Boulder through the re-naming of Cheyenne-Arapaho Hall in October 1989. In 1989, he received a certificate of recognition on re-appointment to the Anthropology Department and the Hogan Project and also areceived an Outstanding Faculty Award at the Fourth Annual Celebration of Excellence and Diversity in October 1991.


60 linear feet (53 Boxes)

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