Marti Chaatsmith

Associate Director, Newark Earthworks Center

Marti L. Chaatsmith [Comanche/Choctaw] is Associate Director of the Newark Earthworks Center at The Ohio State University at Newark.  Current initiatives include consulting with Ohio’s Historic American Indian Tribes to develop sustainable relationships with tribal governments removed from Ohio on issues relating to their Midwest histories, tribal representation in the state, and the protection of indigenous historic and ancient places.  Current multi-organizational projects include:  contemporary Native responses to the earthworks in collaboration with the OSU American Indian Studies Program, the Ancient Ohio Trail - a website and heritage tourism project funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities, World Heritage Site nomination of Ohio’s earthworks, and an interactive computer simulation model of the ancient lunar observatory at Octagon Earthworks funded by Battelle.