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MIAC Presents Virtual Event for New Online Treaties Explorer Resource

September 28th, 2020

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC), in partnership with the U.S. National Archives Office of Innovation, is pleased to announce an online launch event  of the Indigenous Digital Archive’s Treaties Explorer, also known as “DigiTreaties.” Thanks to an anonymous donor, the U.S. National Archives has been able to conserve and make the first-ever scans of its holdings of 374 Ratified Indian Treaties.  

The online launch event will feature three live broadcasts of “How-To” workshops with Professor Sherri Thomas (Taos Pueblo) of the University of New Mexico School of Law. All broadcasts will take place on October 12 (Indigenous Peoples Day ) on the MIAC Facebook Page. 

“This project brings together online resources that are needed to get at what U.S. treaties with Native nations relate to what places and what people. It’s surprising how complicated these histories are, or that there’s actually no official list of the U.S. Treaties with our Indigenous nations,” said Dr. Anna Naruta-Moya, who is the project director of the Indigenous Digital Archive, a MIAC Research Associate, and curator at the New Mexico History Museum. 

Below is a schedule of the online workshops:

Workshop“Treaties – What Are They?”
Time: 1 p.m. MDT
Link to Access

Workshop“Treaties – Historical Context”
Time: 3 p.m. MDT
Link to Access

Workshop: “Research You Can Do with the Indigenous Digital Archive’s Treaties Explorer”
Time: 6 p.m. MDT
Link to Access

The workshops are introduced by conversations between MIAC’s Director Della Warrior and Professor Sherri Thomas, followed by a live online Q&A with Professor Thomas.

MIAC’s Indigenous Digital Archive treaties project was funded in a sponsored partnership by the National Archives Foundation, thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor. The Indigenous Digital Archive is supported by two IMLS National Leadership Grants, a Knight Foundation Prototyping Grant, a collaborative Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), a Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellowship from the American Philosophical Society Library, the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board (NMHRAB), and the San Francisco Community Foundation.

The Indigenous Digital Archive’s Treaties Explorer launches on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 12, 2020, at


About the Indigenous Digital Archive Project
MIAC’s Indigenous Digital Archive partnership is a collaboration of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture with the New Mexico State Library, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and the New Mexico History Museum. It is also supported by the generous contributions of two consecutive National Leadership Grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a Knight Foundation Prototyping Grant, a collaborative Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources, a Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellowship from the American Philosophical Society Library, the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board, and the San Francisco Community Foundation.

About the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and our donors. The mission of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology is to serve as a center of stewardship, knowledge, and understanding of the artistic, cultural, and intellectual achievements of the diverse peoples of the Native Southwest. 

About the National Archives
The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries and online at

About the National Archives Foundation
The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy. The Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world. Learn more at www.archives  


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