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NARA digitizes 374 treaties between indigenous peoples and the US

Thanks to an anonymous donation, the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has “conserved and digitized the Ratified Indian treaties in its holdings,” 374 treaties between indigenous peoples and the United States (and its predecessor colonies). The IDA Treaties Explorer lets one also explore maps and see which tribes are associated with which treaties. This is an amazing collection of historical documents!

[HT to Kottke.org: Home of Fine Hypertext Products!]

Thanks for all the docs

Thanks for having me as FGI September Blogger of the Month! I am signing off now and returning to my regular gig at the SLA Govt Info Blog but will remain a faithful reader. I will also keep spreading the news about the great work that FDLP librarians do. A fine example just came up on GOVDOC-L: the newly updated Federal Websites for Tribal Libraries and Tribal College Libraries, created by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Wonderful!

Happy October,

American Indian Heritage Month

November is American Indian Heritage Month. Following are some federal sites that offer excellent information about American Indians:

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence, American Indian Heritage Month Resources

The National Museum of the American Indian

Smithsonian Education, American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources

FirstGov, Native American and Tribal Cultural Resources

And, if you’d like to include some Native American foods in your Thanksgiving celebration, the Native American Nutrition Education Database from the National Agricultural Library includes some sources with recipes.

Mitsitam! (Which, to the Delaware and Piscataway people, means “Let’s eat!”)