Professor, Department of Archaeology & School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University
John R. Welch began his career as a university professor in 2005, following two decades working for and with the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Arizona. Collaborations in Apache Country included the establishment of the tribe's Heritage Program, Historic Preservation Office, and the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to using historic preservation and cultural perpetuation as the basis for economic and community development. Welch continues as an adviser to the tribe's Heritage Program and as a member of the foundation board of directors. He has authored the National Historic Landmark nomination for the Fort Apache and Theodore Roosevelt School Historic District and edited books about Kinishba Ruins National Historic Landmark and White Mountain and Cibecue Apache history through 1881.