Jim is a Zuni tribal member and director of the Colorado Plateau Foundation and director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center.
He serves on the boards of the Grand Canyon Trust and Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and is a senior advisor for Mountain Cultures at the Mountain Institute. He is a National Geographic Society Explorer; a New Mexico Community Luminaria; and an E.F. Schumacher Society Fellow.
Jim’s service the past forty years includes natural resource, cultural resource, philanthropic, and arts work for many organizations including UNESCO, UNDP, International Secretariat for Water, US Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Mountain Institute, Zuni Tribe, and several major charitable foundations, museums, and universities.
He has written in Heritage In the Context of Globalization; Science, Technology, and Human Values; Sacredness as a Means to Conservation; Mapping Our Places; Indigenous People and Sustainable Development; A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne, and Redrock Stories, to name a few. Recent short pieces include: We Cannot Live by Sentiments Alone, The Museum Collaboration Manifesto, Buyer Beware, What I Tell Boys, and Please Don’t Call Me a Warrior.
In 2010 during the American Anthropological Association’s annual conference Jim was awarded the first Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology. In 2013 he received the Guardian of Culture and Lifeways Award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, and in 2016 received the Hewett Award for leadership and service to the New Mexico museum community and for achievements in the museum field.
Jim is also a home builder, firewood hauler, traditional bow hunter, artist, and farmer. He lives in his work in-progress home at Zuni, New Mexico.