When it comes to records, accessibility is the key.
That’s why the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture teamed up with the National Archives and Records Administration on the new online tool “DigiTreaties.”
According to MIAC, the resource expands access to 374 ratified Indian treaties digitized from NARA’s holdings and provides context and tools for working with the treaties online at digitreaties.org.
“The treaties between the U.S. and Native nations are relevant, and few people have had access to know about treaties that are related to where they live,” says Della Warrior (Otoe-Missouria), MIAC director. “MIAC is pleased to be able to provide this online resource that we all can use to explore our relationships using maps and a carefully curated set of historical documents from the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and other sources. This is part of a multiyear project we’re undertaking to provide more access online to historic documents often otherwise unavailable to the people and communities to which they relate, and often which have impacts and continuing legacies today.”
The online tool adds to the established Indigenous Digital Archive, which is a collaboration with MIAC, the New Mexico State Library, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the New Mexico History Museum.