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Welcome to the website of the Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (TLAM) Project.

In its sixth year at the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), TLAM is an experimental project to bring indigenous information topics to LIS education through service-learning, networking, and resource sharing with tribal cultural institutions. The TLAM Project currently encompasses a graduate topics course;  Convening Culture Keepers professional development opportunities for tribal librarians, archivists, and museum curators; numerous community engagement projects with our partners; and a TLAM Student Group.

Explore the site to learn about all of the great things we’re working on. And be sure to follow our progress and reflections on our blog throughout 2014!.

Convening Culture Keepers
A series of seven one-day, biannual professional development and networking mini-conferences and a four-day regional institute for tribal librarians, archivists, and museum curators.

Learn about the partnership projects between UW-Madison SLIS and American Indian communities in Wisconsin.

TLAM Class
Since 2009, UW-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies has offered an experimental service-learning based course called Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums.

TLAM Student Group
Inspired by the TLAM class and community engagement activities, SLIS students created this group as a way to continue participating in the TLAM Project outside of the classroom and share interests with the larger UW-Madison community.

“The Right to Know”

Generally speaking, archives should exist to contain our history and help us connect with our past. However, this hasn’t always been the case for tribes in the United States. During the 1970s and 1980s, when many tribes were looking to restore tribal recognition, they had a hard time finding what they needed. This lead to a growth period for tribal archives, spurred on in part by Vine Deloria’s “The Right to Know,” a call for action to address the need for access

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Grasping Sovereignty

After 24 years of education, 11 in higher education, I am just now becoming aware of American Indian sovereignty.

I’m finally beginning to see that the United States is a country whose territorial borders also include sovereign tribal nations. Or, looking at it another way, sovereign tribal nations borders parts of the United States of America.


What is sovereignty? And can it be limited?

One definition is, “the supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable power

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Oneida Trip Log

Friday February 13, 2015

We packed into two cars to journey from Madison to Oneida. Our visit had been in the works since our last meeting back in December.  It had been three years since the Oneida Nation film preservation project started and the new Tribal Libraries, Archives and Museum (TLAM) class of spring 2015 was coming up for a visit. The group comprised of students from the school of library and information studies program led by Omar. With a cart full of canisters to

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Reflecting on Our Path to Cultural Competence

We had the pleasure of welcoming Robin Amado into our class this past week as a guest instructor while Omar was away in Alaska. Robin brought us delicious banana bread (it was still warm!) and led the class through a thoughtful discussion on partnerships and cultural competence. This was particularly relevant, as we are starting to really dig-in to our TLAM projects, working closely either with the Red Cliff or Oneida Nations. We’ve visited these communities and hope to build

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