In August of 2012, the Oregon State University Libraries, with assistance from various partners, hosted the Oregon Tribal Archives Institute (TAI), the culmination of a two year grant project made possible by an Oregon State Library (LSTA) Library Services & Technology Act grant. The week long Institute was designed to address the need for in-depth archives and records management training for Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes to support and facilitate the preservation of the cultural sovereignty of tribal nations through their archival collections and records. Representatives of all of Oregon’s nine tribes attended the Institute. This project is a potential model for other institutions to connect, collaborate, and reach out to their local tribal communities to assist in their professional development and archival education. This panel presentation will focus on development of the grant, the site visits to all nine tribes to conduct needs assessments, the Institute planning and curriculum development, the Institute itself, and the outcomes of the project. More information is located on the project website: http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/oma/tai/index.html
Presenters: Natalia Fernández, Oregon State University; David Lewis, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; and Jennifer O’Neal, University of Oregon. The session chair was Larry Landis, Oregon State University
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