In 2012 Oregon State University hosted the Oregon Tribal Archives Institute (OTAI), a week long archival education training opportunity specifically designed for Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes. This article describes the OTAI project development, organization, and implementation. The authors offer various lessons learned that can be applied by others who wish to offer a similar archival education institute.

Author Biography

Natalia Fernández is the Oregon Multicultural Librarian for the Oregon Multicultural Archives at Oregon State University’s (OSU) Special Collections & Archives Research Center. Prior to joining OSU in November of 2010, she interned at the Arizona Historical Society and worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Arizona Library Special Collections. Fernández holds an M.A. in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona. David Gene Lewis, PhD (2009, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon), is a member of the Grand Ronde Tribe, a descendant of the Santiam Kalapuya, Takelma and Chinook tribes. David is the Tribal Historian of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, manager of the Cultural Exhibits and Archives Program and Capital campaign fundraiser for Chachalu Tribal Museum and Cultural Center. David is also the Chair of the Oregon Heritage Commission. David researches, writes and teaches about the history of the native peoples who came to the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation. David lives in Salem with his wife Donna and sons Saghaley and Inatye.



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