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Sequoyah Research Center

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

New finding aids

Thanks to the help of new summer interns Kimberly Baker, Erin Fehr, and Alex Tyner there are several new finding aids available for the SNRC’s Manuscripts and Special Collections.

Updated 6.10.2010

Summer interns

The SNRC would like to welcome our new summer interns. They are here to acquire practical experience in archival research and management. They started the first week of June, working on inventories and finding aids for manuscript and special collections, as well as indexing 19th century Indian Removal documents.

Kimberly Baker (Cherokee), is a native of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and is just finishing a bachelor’s degree in environmental health and safety management.

Erin Fehr (Yupik) is from Poplar Grove, Arkansas, and is a recent graduate of Oklahoma University where she completed graduate work in library and information science and musicology.

Alex Tyner (Shawnee and Seneca) is from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a student at Haskell Indian Nations University, pursuing a degree in indigenous and American Indian studies.

Updated 6.10.2010

Rose speaks at AHA conference

Tony Rose, special projects coordinator for SNRC presented a paper entitled “Medical Conditions on the Trail of Tears Through Arkansas” at the Arkansas Historical Association’s annual conference in Jonesboro on 16 April.

Updated 4.19.2010

Paige speaks to Unitarian forum

Amanda Paige, SNRC researcher, spoke on Sunday, 14 March, to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock on the Chickasaws and their removal through Little Rock.

Updated 3.14.2010

Freshour takes top honors

SNRC’s graduate assistant, John Freshour won the top graduate research award at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Ouachita Baptist University on Saturday, 13 March. His paper is entitled “Let’s Not Speak Ill of the Dead: Graft, Removal, and the Early Growth of Arkansas.”

Updated 3.16.2010

Littlefield advises at genealogy workshop

SNRC Director Daniel F. Littlefield, Jr. gave advice on researching Native American ancestry at the Arkansas Genealogical Society’s “Genealogy Roadshow” on Saturday, 13 March, at Stuttgart.

Updated 3.16.2010

New finding aids for special collections and manuscripts

New finding aids have been posted on the American Native Press Archives Manuscripts and Special Collections Finding Aids page. The finding aids are for the recently processed collections of web site designer, author, and former editor of the Pequot Times, Trace DeMeyer; the late Cree/Dene poet, playwright, author and visual artist, Marvin Francis; the late Cherokee author, lecturer, and publisher Raven Hail; journalist Suzanne Heck of the Sac and Fox Nation; the Minneapolis-based, telecommunications non-profit MIGIZI Communications; Pennsylvania State University professor of journalism John Sanchez; and the author and director of the American Indian Studies Program and the Native American House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Robert Warrior.

Updated 3.3.2010

Sanderson presents at local conference

Dr. Robert Sanderson, associate director of the SNRC, presented a paper, co-authored with SNRC director Daniel Littlefield, entitled “African Descended People and Indian Removal: A Cherokee Case Study” at “Uncovering Black History in Western Arkansas and Indian Territory” at the University of Arkansas — Ft. Smith.

Updated 2.6.2010
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