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Indigenous Digital Archive Project wins grant for online database

Students at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, circa 1900. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

The Indigenous Digital Archive Project has won a $35,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to build an online database of boarding school and other federal government records.

The project is the brainchild of Daniel Moya, an artist from Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico, and his wife, Anna Naruta-Moya. Working with other partners, they will create a repository where members of the 23 tribes in the state, plus those from the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, can find out information about their relatives and ancestors.

Moya, whose great-grandfather attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and whose grandmother went to Santa Fe Indian School told The Santa Fe New Mexican that the information will show “who we are, where we came from and what we survived.”

The first version of the database should be available by February 2017, the paper said.

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A tool to trace indigenous cultural heritage (The Santa Fe New Mexican 6/26)