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SNRC receives $6400 grant for interns

Sequoyah National Research Center is pleased to announce the receipt of $6400 from the Bay and Paul Foundations of New York to support two intern positions for SNRC’s Native American Summer Internship Project for this year.

The internship project provides hands-on experience developing archival skills, research methodologies, and processes for providing access to archival materials related to Native American peoples. Interns are provided with on-campus student housing for two months and a stipend to meet expenses, including travel and meals.

Updated 6.18.2013

Native interns begin work

SNRC’s fourth class of Native summer interns have begun work. Elizabeth Fehr of Arkansas, Shannon Spears of Kentucky, and Rain Koepke of Kansas will be at SNRC through July, getting hands on experience in archival work and research.

Updated 6.21.2013

SNRC receives $20,000 grant

The Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council has awarded the Sequoyah National Research Center $20,000 to process and exhibit the Herschfelder-Molin Stereotypes Collection.

The collection of 1400 artifacts was donated to SNRC by Arlene Herschfelder and Paulette Molin in 2012 and consists of advertisements, sports memorabilia, toys, books, clothing, and other items depicting Native American stereotypes collected over a forty-year period.

The stereotypical depictions of American Indians over the history of the United States have ranged from the “noble savage,” to the “Indian princess,” to the “drunken Indian” and more but the end result of all has been one of dehumanization and marginalization. Ask any group of third grade students to draw a picture of an Indian, and most, if not all, will create a figure dressed in feathers, buckskin, and beads. Ask their teachers to name an Indian tribe, and most, if not all, will name Cherokee, Navajo, or Sioux. For most Americans, the expression “American Indian” conjures up a generic, stereotyped image. Unfortunately, many have not progressed much beyond their third grade concepts. The Hirschfelder-Molin Stereotypes Collection represents a major resource for teachers and others to draw on to talk about intolerance and racial stereotyping.

Updated 5.15.2013

SNRC assistant director receives award

SNRC’s assistant Director, Tony Rose, was awarded the 2013 UALR Staff Senate Award for Personal Growth based on his completion of his master of arts in public history and his scholarly publications. The honor included a $1000 bonus.

Updated 5.15.2013

Contemporary Art of the Osages

SNRC’s next exhibit will be “Contemporary Art of the Osages,” from 8 February through 29 March. The exhibit will be curated by Dr. J.W. Wiggins and will be in the J.W. Wiggins Gallery at SNRC. The exhibit will be open 8am to 5pm.

Updated 1.22.2013

SNRC welcomes archivist

Sequoyah National Research Center is delighted to welcome Erin Fehr as our new archivist. Ms. Fehr was previously employed at the Arkansas History Commission and was a intern at the SNRC in 2010.

Updated 11.21.2011

SNRC receives $36,100 grant

The Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resource Council has awarded $36,100 to the SNRC for the preservation of 150 paintings and drawings and the restoration of three paintings, all from the Dr. J.W. Wiggins Collection of Native American Art.

Updated 5.6.2011

Sequoyah Center Directors earn award

Dr. Daniel F. Littlefield, SNRC Director, and Dr. Robert E. Sanderson, SNRC Associate Director, were awarded, on April 15, the Walter L. Brown Award for best article published in a county or local history journal in 2010 for their article, “African-Descended People and Indian Removal: Cherokee Case Study,” published in the Journal of the Fort Smith Historical Society.

Updated 4.25.2011

New Research Collection

The SNRC has added a 26-reel microfilm collection of FBI files related to the American Indian Movement. The FBI Files on the American Indian Movement and Wounded Knee provides detailed information on the evolution of AIM as an organization of social protest, on the occupation of Wounded Knee, and on the activities of the FBI in response to the growing strength of the AIM movement.

Begun in 1969 and completed in 1977, the FBI file includes 18,000 pages on the history and internal organization of AIM, on its role in the civil rights movement and the politics of the New Left, and on the widespread network of government surveillance that monitored AIM activities. A separate file on the Wounded Knee episode details this 71-day siege in over 8,000 pages of FBI materials.

When combined with court materials and original research files from the DeMain Collection, SNRC now houses on of the largest collections of source materials related to AIM.

Updated 8.2.2010

New DVDs

The SNRC has added four new DVD titles to our collection.

Broken Treaty at Battle Mountain, a 1975 documentary directed by Joel Freedman and narrated by Robert Redford, describes the efforts of the Western Shoshone to regain 24 million acres of land promised them in an 1858 treaty with the US. The sequel to that documentary, also directed by Freedman, is 1991’s To Protect Mother Earth, recounting the Shoshone’s efforts to end nuclear testing on lands they consider sacred.

Even if a Hundred Ogres… (1996), directed by Freedman and narrated by Joanne Woodward, is the story of the Sami people of Lapland’s efforts to retain their unique cultural identity and to protect the Arctic against destructive exploitation.

And, finally, Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier (1992), is directed by Suzie Baer. The film describes the trial, conviction, and imprisonment of Peltier for the murders of two FBI agents in 1975.

Updated 7.7.2010
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