Students will bring new preservation skills to their hometown communities, thanks to a Wokini Challenge Grant awarded to the SDSU Archives and Special Collections.
Through the grant project, “Impact Through Preservation: Training American Indian Student Assistants for Tribal Archives and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices,” two American Indian student assistants will be hired to receive specialized training that will later be applied to educational fieldwork at tribal archives and tribal historic preservation offices (THPOs). The grant awarded $9,800 for the project.
Archives will train these students in fundamental archival, preservation and digitization principles and methods as they work with original source documents. The students will directly contribute to the scholarly landscape of the university as they assist in making digital SDSU materials available to researchers worldwide.
The students will be paired with tribal archives and THPOs in or near their hometown. When the students return home at the end of the academic year, they will use their training to assist with processing materials at the tribal archives and THPOs. These organizations have collections that are valuable to the tribes—and other researchers if the organizations make the items publicly available—as they preserve the Oceti Sakowin language and culture.
This is the third Wokini Challenge Grant awarded to Archives. Each grant project focuses on training and opportunities for students.
“We are so honored to have received the Wokini Challenge Grant for the third time,” Michele Christian, archivist and special collections librarian, said. “In the past, working with the students has been an amazing experience. I look forward to working with new students this year. I am proud to be a part of giving students an opportunity to assist their communities with preserving their history.”