Native Anthropological Services

Native Anthropological Services

contact: Jon Shellenberger (enrolled Yakama, Cowlitz and Wintu decent) (owner)

Phone: (509)985-8224

Email: nativeanthro@gmail

Figure 1. owner with daughter, setting up GPR for cemetery work.

Native Anthropological Services (NAS) is a native-owned business located in central Washington. It is owned and operated by Jon Olney Shellenberger, MS, who has a background in archaeology, ethnography, geophysical field methods (ex, GPR survey), and training in forensic anthropology. The owner is SOI qualified as an archaeologist and an ethnographer. 

Figure 2. GPR unit at a local project are for unmarked burial detection

Jon has conducted investigations pursuant to a wide range of cultural resource compliance laws including, but not limited to:

  • NEPA
  • NHPA
  • ARPA
  • EO 05-05
  • EO 21-02

Jon has over 20 years of experience working with tribes across the American West and conducting anthropological investigations including tribal oral histories and Traditional Cultural Property (TCP) inventories. He has served many clients including federal, state and local clients (not exhaustive ):

  • Walla Walla Corps of Engineers
  • Portland Corps of Engineers
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Department of Energy
  • Chelan County PUD
  • Grant County PUD
  • Snohomish County PUD
  • Pacificorps
  • City of Yakima
  • City of Kennewick
  • Washington State DNR
  • Yakama Nation Fisheries
  • Yakama Nation ERWM
  • Yakama Nation Housing Authority

Because of Jon’s diverse background in CRM, he is able to provide a number of different services to satisfy your compliance needs. If it’s not on the list below, please ask. 

  • Ground penetrating radar detection 
  • Pedestrian survey
  • Shovel testing
  • Formal NRHP site evaluation 
  • Site condition monitoring
  • Construction monitoring
  • Natural resource damage assessment (tribal services loss)
  • TCP inventories and NRHP evaluations
  • TCP management plans
  • Historic Property Management Plans
  • Archival research
  • Oral history interviews

Recent Projects:

  • Fort Simcoe Indian Boarding School unmarked burial GPR Survey 
  • Pomeroy GPR survey
  • Winlock Cemetery GPR survey
  • Camano island Cemetery GPR survey

Figure 3. Screen taking a rest at the end of a hard days digging.