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Kathleen M. Bergeron, a tribal citizen of the United Houma Nation from St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, is currently the Archivist for the United Houma Nation.

In 2018, Kathleen retired from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as an Environmental Historic Preservation Advisor. Ms. Bergeron is a past president of the Louisiana Archaeological Conservancy. She’s a lifetime member of Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) and has served as a moderator during the organization’s national training conference as well as on the SAIGE National Training Program Planning Committee.  In 2006, Ms. Bergeron served as the only Louisiana Indian panelist at the American Bar Association National Conference on Race Relations.

Ms. Bergeron has worked with the Native American Rights Fund as a researcher assisting in United Houma Nation’s Federal Acknowledgement Case. She also worked as a tribal volunteer aiding in researching genealogical records. Kathleen was awarded the 2015 United Houma Nation Leadership Award.

For over twenty years, Kathleen has worked in the field of cultural and historic preservation. She has held positions as historic site manager and curator with the Louisiana Office of State Parks, curator and cultural advisor with Lafayette Natural History Museum, Lafayette, Louisiana, and an art stop interpreter with the Denver Art Museum Education Department, Denver, Colorado. Ms. Bergeron has served as archeological field lab supervisor during the University of Southwestern Louisiana Poverty Point Field Schools in 1993, 1995, and 1998 held at Poverty Point Site in Epps, Louisiana.

Ms. Bergeron received a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in American Indian Studies from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado. She was recipient of a Minority Fellowship from the University of Denver and received a scholarship from the Colorado American Education Association. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies with a concentration in Anthropology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

While attending the University of Denver, she was a co-honoree with fellow members of the University of Denver Native American Student Association at the annual Spring Buffalo Feast held by the Native American Resource Committee of the Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver, Colorado.

Ms. Bergeron enjoys visiting schools and groups offering American Indian cultural programs and volunteering at the Annual United Houma Nation Elder Fest. However, her favorite pastime is enjoying her five grandchildren.

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