News and Events

NEH Grant Awarded in Preservation, Education and Training

Local Contexts has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant spanning from 2019-2021. The project is titled Local Contexts: Collaborative Curation, Training and Education for Indigenous Collections, and will be bringing comprehensive training programs to Indigenous museums and collections across the country. The Local Contexts team will be partnering with the following institutions for this grant: 

  1. Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, Oklahoma,
  2. San Diego Museum of Man, California,
  3. American Philosophical Society, Pennsylvania,
  4. University of Hawaii Libraries and the Native Hawaiian organization NāHawai’i ‘Imi Loa, Hawaii,
  5. New York State Museum, New York,
  6. Alaskan Native Language Archive, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Guide to Indigenous Land and Territorial Acknowledgements for Cultural Institutions Launch

This fall the Guide to Indigenous Land and Territorial Acknowledgements for Cultural Institutions was launched, with the assistance of the Local Contexts Team! This Guide was developed for Cultural Institutions as a way to accurately construct their own land acknowledgements. 

The full guide can be found at landacknowledgements.org or in our educational resources section under ‘CI Labels.’ 

Passamaquoddy Community Launch of TK Labels

The Passamaquoddy Tribe has recently launched their usage of the TK Labels in their Mukurtu content management system. This was completed in conjunction with the Local Contexts team and collaboration with the Library of Congress to first implement the labels on the Fewkes sound recordings collection. 

To see the public use of the TK Labels on the Passamaquoddy materials, visit passamaquoddypeople.com .

Local Contexts Receives 2019 IMLS Grant

Local Contexts and the Penobscot Nation have received an IMLS grant for intellectual property support and training of 12 tribes over the next 2 years. Local Contexts is thrilled to be a partner with the Penobscot Nation grant from the IMLS.

https://www.imls.gov/news-events/news-releases/imls-celebrates-20-years-federal-support-native-american-and-native

Penobscot - UMaine Memorandum of Understanding

On May 10th, 2018 an historic Memorandum of Understanding was finalized between the Penobscot Nation and the University of Maine after a decade of collaborations. The MOU addresses past research practices and collections, as well as formalizing current cultural heritage management and care processes across the university. The MOU formalizes the inclusion of Penobscot perspectives and decision-making in the future management of Penobscot tangible and intangible heritage and recognizes the Penobscot Nation as the cultural authority over Penobscot heritage. It also recognizes that the University of Maine is located on Penobscot traditional territories.  Jane Anderson worked with the Penobscot Nation to draft and negotiate the development of this agreement.

The full article may be read here.

The University of Maine coverage may be read here.

Additional press coverage may be read here.

Image of Penobscot Chief Kirk Francis and University of Maine President Susan Hunter. Photo Credit: Penobscot Nation and University of Maine.

Passamaquoddy TK Labels at the Library of Congress

On June 4th the Library of Congress officially launched their use of the TK Labels! After years of collaboration, the Library will be attaching TK Labels to the select phonograph recordings in the collection of recordings from the famous Jesse Walter Fewkes Passamaquoddy Recording Collection. 

To see the TK Labels in use at the Library of Congress, see here

To see the live stream of the launch, see here

Copyright as a colonizer’s tool—lessons from the 2018 Creative Commons Summit

Jane Anderson and Penobscot Nation Tribal Representative James Francis attended the 2018 Creative Commons Summit this spring in Toronto, Canada. Writer Lorraine Chuen followed up with an article about copyright as a tool of colonization that drew heavily on the work of Anderson and Francis at the conference. Read the full article here.

IP Collaboration with NARF and WIPO

With NARF (the Native American Rights Fund) and Kristen A. Carpenter, Member from North America, UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Professor of Law at University of Colorado Law School, Local Contexts has been working in support of the negotiations at the world IP organization on the legal instruments that are being developed to protect indigenous knowledge and intellectual property. Read the full report of the work here.

Jane Anderson on Wabanaki Windows

On May 15th, 2018 at 10 AM Jane Anderson was interviewed by Donna Loring on her radio show Wabanaki Windows. She was joined by Professor Darren Ranco, University of Maine and Penobscot Nation and Ambassador Maulian Dana, Penobscot Nation to discuss the historic MOU between the Penobscot Nation and the University of Maine and the implementation of the TK Labels that are part of that MOU. To listen to the show click here.

Local Contexts at ATALM 2018

In October the Local Contexts Team attended the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museum Conference hosted at the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The team, along with James Francis of the Penobscot Nation, held an in-depth workshop about intellectual property in Indigenous collections and how to implement the TK Labels in your community. Full resources from the event can be found in our educational resources section!

News and Events

May 21st, 2018     –   WIPO IGC Genetic Resources Text Negotiations, Colorado University with the Native American Rights Fund

With NARF (the Native American Rights Fund) and Kristen A. Carpenter, Member from North America, UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Professor of Law at University of Colorado Law School, Local Contexts has been working in support of the negotiations at the world IP organization on the legal instruments that are being developed to protect indigenous knowledge and intellectual property. Read the full report of the work here.