The Indigenous Digital Archive is seeking applicants for the first group of IDA Fellows! The deadline is by email, November 11, 11:59pm. (EDIT -- NOTE: Due to the notice of the Fellows opportunity only going out to the IAIA community on November 13, the deadline for eligible members of the IAIA community has been extended to Saturday, November 18, 2017, by 11:59pm.)

Thank you to all who have applied!

Three fellows will be selected from applicants who are members of the 23 tribes or New Mexico or Hopi.

The Indigenous Digital Archive has just begun a rolling launch. This means that while our software developers are still building out some of the functionality (such as the ability to comment & discuss, what someone's home page looks like, and more) you can already access the site and start seeing what some of the documents look like. We'll be in full launch by the time the fellows begins, with an in-person gathering and working session at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in March 2018.

What's in the archive: Our first round focuses on historic government documents related to the early government Indian boarding schools and Native rights to land and water.

Application: Click here to view a copy of the application form. Please copy and paste this form into a text document and add your answers.

Research topics: Fellows may apply to work on a project related to their family history; topics such boarding school and jurisdiction histories, as the role of the Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Native New Mexico life from 1849-1880, conditions at different government boarding schools, child labor, official racism, arts in the early schools, or what comprised education over time; or a topic of interest to their tribe or to their own research that the documents could help address. We may add to this list of topics.

Webinar: A webinar for potential applicants and others who are interested in making history with the Indigenous Digital Archive was held Thursday October 26, 2017, from noon to 1pm Mountain. For a recording of the webinar click here.

Email List: To join our email list, please click here.

Click here for a full list of documents available in our first launch of the Indigenous Digital Archive.

This pilot project of the IDA Fellows program is funded by a National Leadership Grant of the US IMLS. The Indigenous Digital Archive is a project of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in partnership with the New Mexico State Library Tribal Libraries Program and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Support for the Indigenous Digital Archive is provided by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, a National Leadership Grant of the IMLS, a Knight Foundation Prototyping Grant, and the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board.