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  • 9/13/2023 3:00 PM CDT
  • 9/13/2023 4:30 PM CDT
  • 8/13/2023 11:45 PM CDT
  • Virtual
  • Vina Begay
  • Alex Soto

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Tribal Relations: Consultation Tools for Archive Managers Working with Tribal Communities

Indigenous cultural competence and awareness is essential for Non-Indigenous archive managers in building relationships and respectful partnerships with Tribal communities. Professional archive managers and archivists managing Indigenous cultural and historical information must have a level of cultural understanding in how Indigenous communities utilizes and interact with archival materials towards Tribal sovereignty and cultural identity.  

Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Identify local/regional Tribal communities within the institution's regional locations and acknowledge past practices that may have hindered meaningful relationships between the institution and local/regional Tribal communities.
  • Gain an overview of the cultural significance of archival materials for Tribal communities.
  • Understand the cultural and social values of Tribal communities and overview of Tribal governance, specifically how it applies to the management of Indigenous-centric information.
  • Understand the importance of culturally respectful communications with Tribal leadership, employees, and community members.
  • Gain an overview on how to develop a cultural responsiveness collaboration model when working with Tribal communities.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for archivists, mid-level archivist managers, or administrators managing archive collections pertaining to Tribal communities. This workshop is designed for western institutions seeking to establish collaborative partnership with Tribal communities over existing collections. This workshop will not be focusing on acquiring materials from Tribal communities. 


Vina Begay (Diné Nation) - Assistant Librarian

Labriola National American Indian Data Center

Arizona State Libraries 

Vina Begay is a member of the Diné Nation. She is from the Red Streak Bottom Clan (Tł'ááshchí'í) born for the Towering House Clan (Kiyaa'áanii). Her maternal grandfather is from the Edgewater Clan (Tábąąhá) and her paternal grandfather is from the Salt People Clan ('Áshįįhi). Vina graduated from the University of Arizona with a Master of Library and Information Science with a specialization in Archival Studies and Digital Information Management. Coming from a strong Diné Traditional upbringing, Vina has dedicated her career to advocating and the implementation of the Protocols of Native American Archival Materials within western institutions to ensure proper care and management of Indigenous Information of traditional knowledge. Additionally, Vina has served as Tribal Archivist consultant for Tribal communities in assistance with establishing Indigenous Archival Centers within their community, including developing archival practices tailored to the Tribe’s cultural beliefs, practices, and governance structure.

Alexander Soto (Tohono O’odham Nation) - Director

Labriola National American Indian Data Center

Arizona State Libraries 

’A:ñi ’añ hab ce:gig Alex Soto. ’A:ñi ’añ ’ab ’amjeḍ Komkcʼeḍ ʼe-Wa:ʼosidk. Ñ-o:g ’o hab ce:cig Joseph Charles. Ñ-woskbaḍ c ñ-ka:abaḍ ’o hab cecgig Romero c Mary Charles. Ñ-je’e ’o hab ce:gig Matilda Miguel. Ñ-bababaḍ c ñ-hu’lbaḍ ’o hab cecgig Andrew c Rachel Miguel.

Alexander Soto (Tohono O’odham) is director of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at Arizona State University (ASU) Library. Under his leadership, the Labriola Center has developed and implemented culturally informed library services, expanded its personnel four-fold, and re-established its physical locations as culturally safe spaces for Indigenous library users. Alex co-authored ASU Library’s first land acknowledgement statement, is the recipient of the Society of American Archivists 2022 Archival Innovator Award, and recently was awarded a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for “Firekeepers: Building Archival Data Sovereignty through Indigenous Memory Keeping,” a three-year project to preserve Indigenous knowledge through community-based participatory archival partnerships with Arizona’s Tribal communities. Alex’s journey to librarianship comes after years of success as a touring hip-hop musician and activist.

Fees: Advance / Regular: 

SAA Members: $49

Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $49

Nonmembers: $49