Protocols for Native American Archival Materials

Protocols for Native American Archival Materials

Preamble
These Protocols are presented to guide libraries and archives in engaging in culturally responsive care of Native American archival materials and in providing culturally appropriate service to communities.  Librarians and archivists should be aware that each tribe, band, and community is unique.  The recommended best practices will need to be interpreted and applied by each collecting institution and community. 

The Protocols address:

  • The recognition of the sovereign governments and associated rights of Native American communities.
  • Issues in the collection, ownership, preservation, handling, access, and use of American Indian archival resources.
  • The importance of building relationships, balancing different approaches to knowledge management, and mutual respect.
  • The need to expand the nature of the information professions to include Native American perspectives and knowledge.
SAA Council Approval/Endorsement Date: 
August 2018
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