NYU, University of Waikato Receive Mellon Foundation Grant to Protect Indigenous Knowledge and Data

The Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant to a project directed by NYU and New Zealand’s University of Waikato to protect cultural knowledge and data of Native American, Māori, and other First Nations communities. Penobscot Chief Kirk Francis, right, and former University of Maine President Susan Hunter, left, signing the Memorandum of Understanding to properly identify Penobscot collections and use Penobscot traditional knowledge labels across the university’s library, museum, and other university departments. Image courtesy of the Penobscot Nation and the University of Maine. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a two-year, $750,000 grant to a project directed by New York University and New Zealand’s University of Waikato to protect cultural knowledge and data of Native American, Māori, and other First Nations communities.

Equity for Indigenous Research and Innovation Coordinating Hub ( ENRICH ), launched in 2019, aims to establish and solidify Indigenous cultural authority within digital infrastructures and to increase Indigenous rights within historical records and future research. The focus is to ensure proper provenance and attribution of Indigenous peoples’ collections that are accessible for Indigenous communities, researchers, and the general public.

Under the Mellon grant, ENRICH will expand its training and resources developed by and for Indigenous communities in order to bolster efforts in the United States, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia to properly connect Indigenous cultural material and data to present-day communities and to establish cultural authority as well as intellectual property legal protections over them.

The ENRICH program, led by NYU legal scholar Jane Anderson, an expert […]

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