Native American Archives Symposium

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Flagstaff for discussions and presentations related to the care and handling of Native American archival materials. Topics included review of the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials, lessons learned from NAGPRA, and local issues and initiatives.


Jennifer O’Neal’s PowerPoint slides are available HERE.

Jennifer R. O’Neal, member of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, is the Corrigan Solari University Historian and Archivist at the University of Oregon Special Collections and Archives, where she manages the University Archives collections, oversees the department’s instruction program, and serves as an advisor on tribal community projects. From 2008 to 2012, she served as the Head Archivist for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, where she oversaw the daily operations and management of the repository. She has held prior archival positions at the U.S. Department of State, Princeton University, University of Arizona, and Utah State University. She serves on various groups in the Society of American Archivists, including the Native American Archives Roundtable, the Native American Protocols Forum Working Group, and the Cultural Property Working Group. In addition, in 2006 she participated in drafting the best practices for the respectful care and use of Native American archival materials, which produced the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials.  She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums. Most recently, she served as an instructor for the Oregon Tribal Archives Institute at Oregon State University.  Jennifer earned a Masters in Library Science from the University of Arizona, as part of the Knowledge River program, and a Masters in History from Utah State University. Her research interests include international indigenous activism, cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, intellectual property rights, digital humanities, and indigenous use of new media and technology.


Jaime Lavallee’s PowerPoint slides are available HERE.

Jaime Lavallee, JD, LLM, SJD Candidate, is a Muskeg Lake Cree in Saskatchewan. Jaime is currently the Senior Policy Specialist for File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council. Jaime was the Notice Coordinator at the National NAGPRA Program from 2005 until 2011 when she returned to school for her SJD at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She has also worked at First Peoples Worldwide, National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, and National Preservation Institute.


Local Issues and Initiatives

  • Peter Bungart, Hualapai Cultural Resources
  • Stewart Koyiyumptewa, Hopi Cultural Preservation Office
  • Karen Underhill, NAU Special Collections and Archives
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