iSchool Presents EDI Online Symposium November 29
Please join the SJSU iSchool as we honor and celebrate the achievements of our indigenous community members during Native American Heritage Month.
Native American heritage first became officially recognized by the United States government in 1986 as “Native American Indian Heritage Week” after Congress passed S.J. Resolution 390. Four years later, the week-long celebration became a national heritage month celebrated in November. Thereafter, the resolution that was previously designated as “National American Indian Heritage Month” or “Native American Indian Month” has since been amended in 2008 to include the celebration of Alaskan Natives, now referred to as “National Native American Heritage Month.” (source: United States Senate)
Join us on Tuesday, November 29, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific Time, for our EDI Symposium, “Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: History, Culture, and Experience.”
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About the Panel
Melissa is Navajo / Diné and grew up on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, NM. Melissa graduated from UNLV, BS Criminal Justice, and worked as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate for 5 years in Las Vegas. While studying for her MLIS at SJSU, Melissa was hired as the Digital Projects Librarian for Nevada State College Library. Later UNLV hired her as Project Manager for the National Historic Newspaper Project. Her focus is on the digitization practices of historical and ethnographic materials that contain culturally sensitive information and/or restricted tribal knowledge.
Below are some additional resources and organizations doing work to uplift Native American communities:
- Reading Nation Waterfall
- Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission
- Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums
- American Indian Library Association
- American Indian College Fund
- National Congress of American Indians
- Native American Rights Fund
- Bridging Knowledge: Supporting Indigenous Scholars Into the Field of Librarianship