Major grant will support digitization of tribal histories, languages and teachings in North Dakota

Special to Devils Lake Daily Journal GRAND FORKS – In partnership with NHS College in New Town, N.D., UND will digitize key historic documents, create curriculum for K-12 study

North Dakota’s delegates to the U.S. Congress almost always sit on the Senate or House committees on Indian affairs. Their papers – plus those of North Dakota’s governors, who also have extensive interactions with the Indigenous Nations located in what is now North Dakota – often wind up in the Chester Fritz Library at UND.

That means the Department of Special Collections at the library contains a veritable treasure trove of documents related to the history of Indigenous peoples of the region.

And now, thanks to funding from a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in partnership with Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College in New Town, N.D., UND will continue to create digital copies of and link to key materials related to the histories of the Indigenous peoples of the region.

The project, titled “Strengthening & Preserving the Mandan, Hadatsa and Arikara Nation’s Humanities Infrastructure,” recently was awarded nearly $500,000 from the NEH. The funding will be split 40/60, with NHS College getting the 60 percent share.

Partnership plan

UND will use its portion of the grant to:• Expand its digital collection of the William Langer papers, emphasizing documents related to the Garrison Dam construction and other issues of importance to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.The 900 boxes of papers from Langer – the former state’s attorney, governor and U.S. senator – […]

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