Sherry Hutt


Sherry Hutt has been traveling the world for over twenty-five years, collecting stories of characters throughout history and taking pictures of the places where they lived.

While a judge, law professor, and federal prosecutor she trained archaeologists, law enforcement, and attorneys on heritage protection cases. From 2004 to 2014, she advised the Bush and Obama White Houses as head of a national repatriation program in Washington, DC. Author of books and articles on heritage law and economics, founder of an organization of preservation lawyers, she has been honored by scientific organizations.

She held a post-doctorate fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, was a trustee of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, and testified in congress. She now writes stories for the enjoyment of travelers.



  • PhD Forestry/economics – Northern Arizona University School of Forestry, 2001

    Dissertation: “The Decision-Making Process in a Fifth Amendment Taking for Public Lands Managers.” Undergraduate forestry work at U.C. Berkeley, School of Forestry and on the Plumas National Forest.

  • JD – Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona 85281, 1975

    Order of the Coif, Moot Court, drafted model rules for law enforcement

  • BA – Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85281

    • College Fine Arts, Speech & Theater- w/honors 1971
    • Who’s who in Colleges and Universities 1970; President Mortar Board
    • President, Assoc. Women Students: Interscholastic Debate Team
    • MBA program, Arizona State – 1971-1972


  • 1994 Department of the Interior Conservation Service Award

    (Bipartisan award, nominated in one administration and confirmed in the next administration) Awarded for education of tribes, federal agency law enforcement agents and managers, on protection of cultural heritage.
    Had traveled throughout southwest and northwest going through rural
    areas to work with tribes on resource management and property issues.
    The program was sponsored by the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior.

  • 1994 Outstanding Achievement Award, Society of Professional Archaeologists

  • 2001 Arizona Cactus-Pine Girls Scouts World Awards Honoree


  • Former- TrusteeHeard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, Chair Collections Committee

  • American Association of Museums- Museum and Community Task Force

  • Graduate School Dean’s Advisory Council, Arizona State University

  • Arizona Women Lawyers’ Association, past chapter president

  • Founding Board Member-Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation


  • Cultural Property Law, American Bar Association 2004

  • Heritage Resources Law, 1999

  • Presenting Archaeology In Court 2006

  • Year Book Of Cultural Property Law, Left Coast Press, 2006-2010

  • Archaeology Resource Protection, National Trust, 1992


  • Federal Employment

    Program Manager of the National Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Program in the Department of the Interior (housed in the National Park Service), July 2004 – present.

  • Assistant United States Attorney, District of Arizona-April 1982-Jan. 1986


    State Court:

    Superior Court Judge, Maricopa County, State of Arizona-Jan.1986- June 2002

    Private Consulting:

    Cultural Property Consulting, Inc., formed Aug. 2002, President & Owner