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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.



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.