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Sequoyah Research Center

Director speaks in Durant

SNRC Director, Dr. Daniel Littlefield spoke at Durant, Oklahoma, on January 30 as part of the programming related to the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit entitled “Journey Stories.” Sponsored by Durant’s Main Street Program, Three Valley Museum, and the Chamber of Commerce, Littlefield titled his talk “Documenting the Journey,” in which he discussed the SNRC’s collection of research resources related to the Choctaw Trail of Tears.

Updated 2.2.2010

SNRC at Upward Bound

Dr. Robert Sanderson, associate director of the SNRC, presented the animated films, Incident at Rock Roe and On a Spring Day: stories from the Trail of Tears, and led discussion at the Upward Bound conference on Native American Culture at the University of Central Arkansas. There were approximately 40 high school students from around the State in attendance and many expressed an interest in the topic as well as in the work being done at the SNRC

Updated 1.25.2010

400 more feet of shelving!

The SNRC’s second round of new shelving arrived and was installed with the help of volunteers Robert Littlefield and Steven Littlefield. Purchase of the shelving was made possible by a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.

Updated 1.25.2010

Over 400 feet of new shelving

Over four hundred feet of new archival shelving was delivered and installed at the SNRC just before the Christmas break. The shelving was purchased with funds made available by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. The shelves were filled almost immediately with vertical file materials, special collections, art, and art archives.

Another, similar, shipment of shelving is expected any day.

Updated 1.11.2010

New Trail of Tears DVD

The Sequoyah National Research Center has a new DVD, Trail of Tears, produced by Cherokee CRC and presented by the National Park Service and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. The docu-drama tells the story of the 1830s Cherokee Removal from the southeastern United States to a new home in the West and the Cherokees’ struggle to maintain their cultural identity. The video runs about 23 minutes and may be viewed at the Center.

Updated 12.16.2009

New titles in SNRC library

Two new titles have been added to the SNRC library.

Velroy and the Maidschie Mafia by Sy Hoahwah is a collection of poetry from the Comanche poet.

Black, White, and Indian — Race and the Unmaking of an American Family by University of Georgia historian, Claudio Saunt, is an examination of racial identity using the Grayson family of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Updated 11.23.2009

Donation added to Hirschfelder collection

Arlene Hirschfelder has added lesson plans, curriculum guides, and bibliographies to the Hirschfelder Collection at Sequoyah National Research Center. These materials on multicultural education emphasize Native American culture.

Updated 11.17.2009

AETN provides DVDs of series

AETN education producer, Stephanie Lewis, gave Sequoyah National Research Center DVD copies of AETN’s five-part series Arkansas’s First People, that will air in January 2010. Also included in the gift was a CD with a virtual tour of the Toltec Mounds and a DVD on Caddo bow making.

The website for the series, still under construction, is at

Updated 11.17.2009

New Removal records from the Arkansas Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association

The Arkansas Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association has given the SNRC nine rolls of microfilm from the National Archives Record Group 75, Microcopy 234, dealing with the removal of the Five Civilized Tribes. This gift complements the existing collection of microfilm and photocopied removal records from the National Archives, creating the largest collection of removal records outside the National Archives itself.

Updated 12.7.2009

New newspaper subscriptions

The American Native Press Archives has added four new titles to the list of active subscriptions:

Chaticks si Chaticks (courtesy of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma),
Lakota Country Times (courtesy of editor Connie Smith-Blanco),
Shoalwater Bay Newsletter (courtesy of publisher Leah Thomas), and
Skwale’absh News (courtesy of the Nisqually Indian Tribe)

Updated 9.21.2009
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