November is Native American Heritage Month.  Here are some relevant collections at archives and libraries:

  • The Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and other partner agencies have generated a number of online exhibits and collections.
  • The National Museum of the American Indian has an archive center, which “supports the mission of the museum by collecting, organizing, preserving, and making available papers, records, photographs, recordings, and ephemera that reflect the historical and contemporary lives of Native peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere.”  The Collections Search allows users to search for people/cultures, artists/individuals, and places.
  • The Native American Rights Fund operates a National Indian Law Library that includes tribal codes and ordinances, constitutions, court opinions, compacts and agreements, treaties, and legal histories.
  • A group of Native American and non-Native American archivists, librarians, museum curators, historians, and anthropologists created Protocols for Native American Archival Materials.  These protocols “are presented to guide libraries and archives in engaging in culturally responsive care of Native American archival materials and in providing culturally appropriate service to communities” and include sections on building relationships, balancing perspectives, context, intellectual property, and repatriation.
  • NARA has digitized Indian Census Rolls 1885-1940, the citizenship rolls that were developed for the Five Civilized Tribes as a result of the Dawes Act, and the list compiled by Interior Department employee Guion Miller to verify tribal enrollment for the distribution of funds to the Eastern Cherokee Tribe as a result of a 1905 claim.
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