Oklahoma State University Library “Tribal Treaties Database” Project Unveiled at White House Tribal Nations Summit
The Oklahoma State University Library is partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior to create the “Tribal Treaties Database.” The project was publicly announced Monday at the White House Tribal Nations Summit.
The new “Tribal Treaties Database” is a free public resource available at treaties.okstate.edu. The first phase of the project focuses on U.S. government treaties with Native Americans from 1778-1883. The treaties are indexed and can be browsed by tribe, treaty or location.
The USDA and DOI approached the OSU Library to expand and enhance the library’s existing collection “Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties,” a digitization of the landmark work of Charles Kappler. This digital collection has been of great interest to citizens of Native American sovereign nations, researchers, journalists, attorneys, legislators, teachers and the general public.
“The OSU Library is honored to have been one of the first organizations to digitize and to make freely available the ‘Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties,’” Dean of OSU Libraries Sheila Johnson said. “We appreciate the USDA’s interest in working with our library to make this content even more accessible.”
Plans are in development to grow the “Tribal Treaties Database” to include expanded subject matter indexing — particularly with indexing of importance to specific agencies.
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