RESOURCE: Indigenous Digital Archive’s Treaties Portal

The Indigenous Digital Archive‚Äôs Treaties Portal, a new resource from the National Archives (NARA) and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, launched on Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 12, 2020). This website provides public access to digital copies of NARA‚Äôs series of ratified Indian Treaties.

According to a blog post from the Archivist of the United States, the portal provides access to the more than 300 treaties made between the United States and Indigenous nations. The website includes a host of resources, such as “classroom ready” curriculum and a set of three video workshops by Professor of Law Librarianship Sherri Thomas (Taos Pueblo and Black). The ‚ÄúHow-To‚ÄĚ workshops cover ‚ÄúTreaties ‚Äď What Are They?‚ÄĚ,¬†‚ÄúTreaties ‚Äď Historical Context‚ÄĚ, and¬†‚ÄúResearch You Can Do with the DigiTreaties Treaties Explorer‚ÄĚ. Closed Captioning and transcripts are also available.”

Spatial visualizations of “cessions” — historic maps of land transfers, now digitized and interactive — are available on the site. The project is part of the broader Indigenous Digital Archive.

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This post was produced through a cooperation between David Gustavsen, Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Alex Kinnaman, Jasmine Kirby and Sydni Meyer (Editors-at-large for the week), Pamella Lach (Editor for the week), Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, Linsey Ford, and Ian Goodale (dh+lib Review Editors).