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Digital Access to Dispersed Records: A Look at Native American Boarding School Records

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The National Native American Boarding School(NABS) Healing Coalition will discuss their initiative to identify and collect nationally dispersed Native American boarding school records and to implement digital access to these vital records. As part of a broader effort to provide access to and information about those affected by Native American boarding schools, the NABS digital archive brings together digital surrogates of historical documents held by individuals and institutions across the United States, including libraries, state archives, federal archives such as the National Archives and Records Administration, universities, colleges, schools, and other resources. As the project grows, the NABS team looks to archivists for guidance, assistance, and support.


  • Christine Diindiisi McCleave, M.A.

    Christine Diindiisi McCleave, enrolled citizen of Turtle Mountain Ojibwe Nation, is Executive Director of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. McCleave's grandfather attended Marty Catholic Indian Boarding School in South Dakota and Haskell Indian Boarding School in Kansas. Her great grandfather attended Carlisle Indian School. The inter-generational impact of boarding schools on her personal life and children’s lives led McCleave to complete her Master of Arts in Leadership research on the spectrum of spiritual practices between traditional Native American spirituality and Christianity and the legacy of the boarding schools on spiritual activities and Indian Activism today. McCleave is trained in Trauma-Informed Practices and is a GONA facilitator, a Historical Trauma Recovery Specialist, a KAIROS Blanket Exercise Facilitator, and a fellow of the Nexus Community Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute. McCleave also has a Mini-MBA in Non Profit Management from St. Thomas University and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Northwestern College. She previously worked in Communications and Marketing at Indian Land Tenure Foundation and Human Resources Management at Aon Hewitt. She lives in Minneapolis with her family.

  • Dr. Rose Miron

    Dr. Rose Miron is the Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Spanish and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the Newberry in July 2019, Dr. Miron served as the Program Manager for the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, and she continues to serve on their Research Advisory Council. Her current manuscript project, titled “Indigenous Archival Activism: Narrating Nationalism in the Mohican Tribal Archive and Beyond,” examines how Indigenous peoples use tribal archives to claim authority over the creation, assembly, and retrieval of their historical materials and frames this work as a distinct type of Indigenous activism that reshapes narratives of Native history. Her project is based in eight years of close collaboration with the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation.

October 14, 2019
Mon 2:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 0M

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