About Us

Hello! Welcome to us in progress on our 2017-9 National Leadership Grant. We're currently building out the site! You'll see some changes coming up as a few new tools are added and we make things easier to use with some user experience enhancements.

Check out our new video about the Indigenous Digital Archive from the Sustainable Heritage Network, introduced by advisory panel member Michaela Paulette Shirley (Diné).

 

Advisory Panel and Technical Advisory Panel

Advisory Panel

We selected Advisors for their leadership roles in their field and in their communities, as well as key technical knowledge and experience with areas of the project. Our advisors are selected from both national leaders and local leaders and practitioners, to strengthen the perspectives and expertise available among the advisors. We also draw on the expertise of our partners, the New Mexico State Library Tribal Libraries Program and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Thank you especially to Alana McGrattan, Rose Diaz, and Vina Begay!

 

 

Dr. Ted Jojola (Isleta Pueblo) is a Distinguished Professor and Regents’ Professor in the Community & Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture + Planning, University of New Mexico (UNM) and is known for training large classes of students (50+) in primary source research. He has a degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was Director of Native American Studies at UNM from 1980-1996, and established the interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in Native Studies. Dr. Jojola is the founder of UNM's Indigenous Design + Planning Institute and a cofounder of the Indigenous Planning Division of the American Planning Association. A child of parents who met at government boarding school, he recently co-curated an exhibit on the Albuquerque Indian School for the IPCC.

 

Ms. Michaela Paulette Shirley (Diné), MCRP, brings experience researching with documents at the US National Archives and is the Program Specialist at the University of New Mexico’s Indigenous Design and Planning Institute at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning.

 

Dr. Veronica E. Verlarde Tiller (Jicarilla Apache) is a historian and principal of Tiller Research, Inc. and BowArrow Publishing. Her Tiller’s Guide to Indian Country: Economic Profiles of American Indian Reservations has since its first edition been recognized as the foremost authoritative research guide of comprehensive information on 567 modern day American Indian tribes in 34 states. She recently entered into a partnership with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, providing content for the Honoring Nations Google Map that identifies and celebrates tribal successes for 130 tribes in the US and Canada. Currently she is also working on a biography of Jicarilla Apache Chief Garfield Velarde Sr. (1853-1961), who provided leadership to his people from their relocation to their reservation in 1887 to the start of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

 

Mr. Charles Poitras (Sauk and Fox), a Harvard grad, brings deep experience with education administration from roles including helping set the IAIA on the path it would take to win accreditation and educational administration with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

 

Dr. Helen Tibbo is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and past president. As Alumni Distinguished Professor of the School of Information Science at UNC Chapel Hill, she formulates and oversees major programs to develop effective online access and digital preservation of archival material and develop effective standards, systems, and workflows. She is one of the authors of the international standard for audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories (ISO 16363), setting out comprehensive metrics for what an archive must do, based on requirements to provide long-term preservation of digital information.

 

Dr. Ricky Punzalan is Assistant Professor of Archival Studies at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies. He works in decolonizing archives and helping archives evaluate and improve so they may better connect with people.

 

Currently on leave from the Advisory Panel due to new duties at Ohkay Owingeh:

Dr. Matthew Martinez (tribe: Ohkay Owingeh) is Director, Northern Pueblos Institute of Northern New Mexico College & Assistant Professor of Pueblo Indian Studies. He has served as the Director of Indian Education of the state’s Higher Education Department. Through his classroom work and through the nonprofit Silver Bullet Productions he teaches rural Native youth in researching with primary sources, critical thinking, and communicating their findings and their perspectives. Before being called upon to serve as Lieutenant Governor for his tribe, he served as Assistant War Chief, a role closely involved with the community’s traditional ceremonial and ritual observances.

 

 

Technical Advisory Panel

 

Ms. Mildred Walters (Diné) is a librarian currently administering and operating a reservation-based tribal library, and also consults in designing and administers a Tiwa language learning program. In addition to her on-the-ground experience and perspective, she has served as the State Tribal Libraries Coordinator. She attended a government boarding school from the age of 6.

 

Dr. Robert Sanderson is the Getty’s Semantic Architect. He also serves as an editor of the International Image Interoperability Format (IIIF) and Open Annotation international standards in the international standards body known as the W3C. He formerly lived in Santa Fe while employed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Library.

 

Mr. Glen Robson is Head of Systems Unit for the National Library of Wales, an adopter of IIIF and Open Annotation W3C formats. This has allowed marked advances in usability of collections, allowing, for example, better interaction with digitized newspapers (http://newspapers.library.wales), and Cynefin: Mapping Wales’ Sense of Place project (http://cynefin.archiveswales.org.uk), in which people volunteer to transcribe and geolocate entries in church tithing records to create a map and database that speaks to detailed land use and community histories.

 

Ms. George Oates is principal of Good, Form & Spectacle, and a specialist in User Interface Design. George designed Flickr. She’s a world leader in developing generous interface design, to make software interfaces more usable for people. She’s recently developing innovative user experiences in exploring data for the British Museum, MoMA, and the Wellcome Library, and has consulted for numerous cultural institutions including the Smithsonian and HistoryPin.

 

Mr. Tom Crane is the Technical Director of Digirati. He has worked on large projects for Microsoft, Sony, Oxford University Press, English Heritage, the Wellcome Library and many others, focusing on web publishing and content management. He shows how creative systems integration can be used to connect cultural heritage collection data, digitization output and content management systems, using linked data and semantic web technologies. He is an editor of the International Image Interoperability (IIIF) specification.

 

Dr. Matt McGrattan recently joined Digirati from Oxford’s Bodelian Library, where he completed a Mellon Foundation funded project to create a software tool to enable people to more easily describe IIIF resources they want to make available. He’s just built a software tool for the Indigenous Digital Archive project that uses Natural Language Processing to identity “entities” or topics in the documents that are able to be read by computer, giving us an automated first pass identification of dates, places, names, and other aspects.

 

Project Staff

Anna Naruta-Moya, PhD, is project director for the Indigenous Digital Archive, an IMLS National Leadership Grant project of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Santa Fe, New Mexico) in partnership with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the State Library Tribal Libraries Program to share evidence from the government Indian boarding schools and Native rights to land and water. Dr. Naruta-Moya has served as an archivist for the Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University, and the US National Archives, and consults for organizations including the Santa Fe Opera. She is a Research Associate of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, a Research Associate Professor of the University of New Mexico, and a 2017-8 Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellow of the American Philosophical Society. Anna is a Certified Archivist, holds a Society of American Archivists Digital Archives Specialist certification, and has served on the SAA Archival Standards Committee. A member of the curriculum committee of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS), Anna also assists NABS in searching for documents from the government and church run Indian boarding schools.

 

Daniel Moya (Tewa, P’o Suwae Ge Owingeh) conducts social media outreach and community engagement for the Indigenous Digital Archive. Mr. Moya was raised on the reservation by his grandfather and his grandmother, who attended the Santa Fe Indian Industrial boarding school from the age of five. (Her father was one of the few graduates from Carlisle Indian Industrial School, in 1901.) Mr. Moya works as a contractor for the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs International Visitor Leadership Program. He is an award-winning artist in sculpture and bronze, has received a New Mexico History Scholar award for research on the Indian boarding schools of Santa Fe, and is a 2017-8 Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellow of the American Philosophical Society. He is currently a contract researcher for the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS), researching student deaths and the unmarked cemetery at the Santa Fe Indian Industrial School. Daniel also gives talks on the boarding schools as incubators of Native American sports.

 

Also contributing as Community Liaison is Dr. Veronica E. Verlarde Tiller (Jicarilla Apache) is a historian and principal of Tiller Research, Inc. and BowArrow Publishing. Her Tiller’s Guide to Indian Country: Economic Profiles of American Indian Reservations has since its first edition been recognized as the foremost authoritative research guide of comprehensive information on 567 modern day American Indian tribes in 34 states. She recently entered into a partnership with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, providing content for the Honoring Nations Google Map that identifies and celebrates tribal successes for 130 tribes in the US and Canada. Currently she is also working on a biography of Jicarilla Apache Chief Garfield Velarde Sr. (1853-1961), who provided leadership to his people from their relocation to their reservation in 1887 to the start of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.