Wolf Point Herald

Fort Peck Tribes To Receive Federal Grant For Archival Training

The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced more than $25,000,000 in grants to museums across the nation. Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes is among the 231 archives and museums receiving federal funding through the agency’s competitive grant programs.


Fort Peck Tribes is receiving $25,685 through the Native American Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program for a project to provide archival training and create a tribal archiving manual and policies for tribal employees. 


IMLS director Susan Hildreth presented a workshop and ceremony on Capitol Hill Sept. 18 to recognize the 2013 museum winners and to highlight successful applicants and awards. The event showcased the many ways museums support learning experiences, serve as community anchors and are stewards of cultural and scientific heritage through the preservation of their collections.


 “IMLS recognizes three valuable roles museums have in their communities: putting the learner at the center, serving as community anchors, and serving as stewards of cultural and scientific collections,” said Hildreth. “It is exciting to see the many ways our newly announced grants further these important museum roles. I congratulate the slate of 2013 museum grant recipients for planning projects that advance innovation in museum practice, lifelong learning, and community engagement.”


This project will provide training in records retention and archives management policies and procedures for Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes employees, community college staff and students, community organizations and others interested in learning about handling and storing archival materials.


The project will create a processing manual for referral and future training. As a result of the project, employees and college and community organization officers will learn how to identify what records should be kept and how to process and care for them. The project will result in an archival policies and procedures document to be adopted by the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, an archival processing manual and a cohort of individuals trained to process documents, photographs, audiotapes and videotapes. 


“Fort Peck Tribes has a wealth of archival materials waiting to be processed into the new archival wing at the Fort Peck Community College library,” said project director Shawn Olson. “What we are missing is people trained in archival processing and management. This project was developed to meet that need. The other piece of the grant is to train tribal employees and community organization members as to what records should be kept and how to catalog them. This project is an important step in building a sustainable archives program that will provide protection of important documents for the tribe.”