Sovereignty, self-determination, and self-governance are primary goals of Indigenous nations worldwideâ€”and they take important steps toward those goals by renewing control over their stories, documents, and artifacts.
To better support it, a core team of Native professionals formed the Association of Tribal, Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) in 2010. ATALM provides training, networking, and key information for the directors, managers, and staff of tribal cultural institutions (see www.atalm.org). In winter 2010â€“2011, with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, it also launched the first-ever comprehensive survey of tribal archives, libraries, and museums (TALMs), in an effort to document member organizationsâ€™ institutional structure, outreach, and needs.
This report summarizes findings from the survey. It is organized into 13 sections: sample description, management and operations, staff, training, finances, technology, digitization, programs and education, audience and visitation, conservation, archives, libraries, and museums.
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, and Miriam Jorgensen. Sustaining Indigenous Culture: The Structure, Activities, and Needs of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums. Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, 2012.