USU Libraries Land Acknowledgement Workshop Series

USU Libraries Land Acknowledgement Workshop Part 2


USU Libraries Land Acknowledgement Workshop Part 2


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Two guest speakers shared their thoughts on considerations for scholars examining questions related to land and working with materials of or describing indigenous peoples.

Dean McGuire, Graduate student, USU History Department
"A Sincere Middle Ground: Collaborative Research between Native Communities and Scholars
What does “collaboration” mean for Native people and academia? What do scholars have to gain from working with Native people in the present to learn about the past, and much more importantly, what do Native people and communities today have to gain from working with educational institution such as universities? In 2018, a number of scholars who associate with Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) participated in a roundtable where they discussed various methods and principals for Native history. Among these principles is a commitment to engage with Native people about their own past, but the approaches and purpose for collaborative research is still debated by scholars. American Historical Review published an exchange in spring 2020, “Historians and Native American and Ingenuous Studies,” which was prompted by David J. Silverman’s earlier review of two books, Lisa Brooks’s Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Phillip’s War and Christine M. DeLucia’s Memory Lands: King Phillip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast. In his review, Silverman argued that Brooks’s and DeLucia’s collaborative research with Native people in the present led to a number of misinterpretations about the past (King Phillip’s War). That review set up a much larger and heated discussion about collaboration in the AHR Exchange. By looking at this exchange, we can better understand how collaborative research serves Native communities and academia.”

Clint Pumphrey, USU Manuscript Curator
" The Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nations Digital Archive is the product of a 20-year project to collect materials produced by tribal members and digitize relevant records found in archives across the state. In 2019, the members and friends of the tribe who compiled the archive approached librarians and archivists at USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library to make the archive accessible through the library’s website, a process which is currently underway. Manuscript curator Clint Pumphrey will discuss the history of the archive and what it contains, as well as important considerations for the ownership, description, and access to these materials.”


Utah State University

Publication Date



Logan, UT


land acknowledgement, scholars, questions, archival materials, Native Americans, indigenous peoples

USU Libraries Land Acknowledgement Workshop Part 2