Plurality in stakeholders

In Chapter 3 of Kaufman’s Place, Race, and Story, the author cites several frequent problems in trying to gain an understanding of needs representative of an entire group, citing that “…unlike many tribes, African, Asian, or Hispanic American communities do not have officially recognized heritage spokespersons.” Kaufman also explains that the NPS Cultural Heritage Needs assessment “did not consult with spokespersons, but rather with dedicated experts and amateurs, representing various points of views who were willing to talk.”

Thinking back to last week and “A Misplaced Massacre,” the NPS policy of speaking to the “squeaky wheels” in addition to community leaders seems to ring true. How can we contextualize how the National Parks system dealt with stakeholders, both native and non-native, while creating Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site within Kaufman’s critiques?

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