"Protocols for Native American Archival Materials": Information and Resources Page


This page provides an overview of where to find information about the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (PNAAM) publication, as well as reports about what has occurred within SAA via the Task Force to Review the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (2008) and the Native American Protocols Forum Task Force (2009-2011).

Protocols for Native American Archival Materials publication (hosted by Northern Arizona University)

Final Report: SAA Task Force to Review Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (2008)

Final Report: SAA Native American Protocols Forum Working Group (2012)

This report provides a general overview of the impetus and history of the Native American Procotols Forums held 2009-2011, as well as proposed next steps. The document also provides an appendix with full minutes from the August 26, 2011, meeting. Previous reports can be found here (2009, 2010). Based on clarification and feedback from the SAA Council, the original authors of the Procotols will be reconvening to make updates to the document. After that the group will again present the Protocols to the SAA Council for endorsment as an External Standard. (Specific procedures for approval of an External Standard can be found here.)

Articles, Books, etc. Referencing PNAAM

NOTE: This list is NOT comprehensive and is meant to provide a cursory list of some of the general resources available.

Bolcer, John. "The Protocols for Native American Archival Materials: Considerations and Concerns from the Perspective of a Non-Tribal Archivist." Easy Access vol. 34 issue 4, January 2009, pgs. 3-6. (Link)

Christen, Kimberly. "Opening Archives: Respectful Repatriation" American Archivist. vol. 74 no. 1, Spring-Summer 2011, pgs. 185-210. (Link)

Jimerson, Rand. Archives Power: Memory, Accountability, and Social Justice. Society of American Archivists, 2009. (Link to SAA Bookstore)

Mathiesen, Kay. "A Defense of Native Americans' Rights Over Their Traditional Cultural Expressions" American Archivist, vol. 75 no. 2, Fall-Winter 2012, pgs. 456-481.

Underhill, Karen. "Protocols for Native American Archival Material." RBM Journal. vol. 7 Fall 2006, pgs. 134-145. (Link)

Presentations About PNAAM

More Information Forthcoming.

O'Neal, Jennifer. "Archival Creative Friction: Indigenous Peoples' Existence and Resistence in the Archival Multiverse, " Native American and Indigenous Studies Conference, June 5, 2012. (Link)

O'Neal, Jennifer. "Archival Advocacy, Inside Out: The Protocols for Native American Archival Materials," Association for Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums Conference, June 7, 2012. (Link)

O'Neal, Jennifer. "The Protocols for Native American Archival Material," Arizona Archives Alliance Symposium, October, 2012. (Link)

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