The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and Museum of New Mexico Foundation, in collaboration with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the State Library Tribal Libraries Program, is creating a free online resource of interest to students, families, researchers, and communities. The Indigenous Digital Archive (IDA) is funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board, and the Knight Foundation. Please join us at one of these public events. Or contact to inquire about scheduling a mini-workshop for your group. Antonio Tapia at Carlisle The Indigenous Digital Archive: Records of the Early Government Boarding Schools and Native Rights to Land and Water

The Indigenous Digital Archive makes archives easier to use than ever before. It opens this fall with detailed records of government policy and actions about the early government boarding schools and the build up to them, and of Native rights to land and water. The IDA allows you to work more naturally and more socially with archives. It creates an environment where, if you wish to share online, you can connect information; enhance individual, family, and community histories; and correct the record and write counter-narratives to what is found in government records. For those who prefer their work to remain private, there is still the ability to easily keep track of and/or cite individual pages, and to share the image of an interesting document on social media.

In this mini-workshop we also introduce the Indigenous Digital Archives Fellows program, which is seeking its first round of applicants from members of the 23 tribes of New Mexico plus Hopi for three Fellowships providing research support for a one year fellowship plus travel support for three in person convenings with fellow researchers at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe area:

  • September 19, 2017: New Mexico State Library, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507, 10am-noon. (Free parking!)
  • September 27, 2017: Northern New Mexico College Library, Española, NM, noon-1pm.


  • September 20, 2017: University of New Mexico, Zimmerman Library, Frank Waters Room, Albuquerque, NM, noon-1pm.

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Library, Albuquerque, NM, is being rescheduled for October.


A brief overview of what the IDA holds is at Or view the detailed full list of our phase one offerings.

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The Indigenous Digital Archive is a National Leadership Grant project of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in collaboration with the State Library Tribal Libraries Program and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Funding support is provided by the IMLS, the Knight Foundation, and the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board.

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