Center for Native American and Indigenous Research

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) promotes innovative uses of the Library’s collections to support Indigenous communities' priorities and scholarship.

We are hiring a reference archivist to support the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research! 

This person will help increase the accessibility of the Library & Museum’s Indigenous-related collections and to maintain and develop mutually-beneficial working relationships between the APS and Indigenous communities. 

Application deadline: March 4

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The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) at the APS Library & Museum works with Indigenous communities throughout the Americas and with campus- and community-based scholars in many disciplines and traditions. Its goal is to assist people in finding and utilizing the extensive archival collections at the Library and Museum of the APS in innovative ways that honor Indigenous knowledge, cultivate scholarship, and strengthen languages and cultural traditions.

We express our thanks for the past and ongoing generosity of numerous Indigenous communities and individuals who have offered the guidance and collaborations that have made this work possible.


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CNAIR is committed to the development of new modes of collaboration, engagement, and partnership with Indigenous peoples for the care and stewardship of past and future heritage collections.

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CNAIR News and Updates

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Ruth H. Matamoros Mercado

Advisory Board and Consulting Scholars

CNAIR Advisory Board

Regna Darnell: Distinguished University Professor, Western Ontario University; American Philosophical Society Member.

Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa): Author; American Philosophical Society Member.

Matthew L.M. Fletcher (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa): Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law & Professor of American Culture, University of Michigan; American Philosophical Society Member.

James E. Francis, Sr. (Penobscot): Tribal Historian and Director of Cultural & Historical Preservation, Penobscot Nation

Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee): President, Morning Star Institute; American Philosophical Society Member.

Eric Hemenway (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians): Director of Repatriation, Archives and Records, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan.

Susan Hill (Mohawk, Six Nations): Director of Centre for Indigenous Studies; Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies & History, University of Toronto.

Robert J. Miller (Eastern Shawnee): Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University; Chief Justice for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Court of Appeals; American Philosophical Society Member.

Jennifer O'Neal (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde): Assistant Professor, Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon.

Jeremy A. Sabloff: Anthropologist; APS Member; Member of National Academy of Sciences; External Professor, Emeritus and Past President, Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico; Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania. 

Vince Schiffert (Tuscarora): Teacher and Historian, Tuscarora Nation.

Scott Manning Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk Nation): Historian; Associate Professor and Director, Native American Studies Program at Syracuse University; Former Director of the Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Chicago.

Denise Zuni (Pueblo of Isleta): Attorney, Sh’eh Wheef Law Offices, Albuquerque, NM.

Elders and Founding Scholars

Tom Belt (Cherokee Nation): Traditional Knowledge Keeper; Cherokee Language Program Coordinator (retired), Western Carolina University.

Wendy Bissell (Tuscarora): Traditional Knowledge Keeper; Certified Specialist Nurse Practitioner at Niagara Family Medicine Associates.

Regna Darnell: Distinguished University Professor, Western Ontario University; General Editor, Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition; American Philosophical Society Member.

T.J. Holland (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians): Cultural Resources Manager, Kituwah Preservation and Education Program; Head of EBCI Internal Review Board, Cherokee, North Carolina.

Robert J. Miller (Eastern Shawnee): Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor Law School, Arizona State University; Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals of the Grand Ronde Tribe, Oregon; American Philosophical Society ember.

Denise Zuni (Pueblo of Isleta): Attorney, Sh’eh Wheef Law Offices, Albuquerque, NM.

Consulting Scholars

Angie Bain (Nlaka'pamux, Lower Nicola Indian Band): Researcher, Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs.

Marge Bruchac (Abenaki): Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania.

Alan Burdette: Director of Archives of Traditional Music and EVIA Digital Archive Project, Indiana University.

Lisa Conathan: Head of Special Collections, Williams College Libraries.

Alan Corbiere (M’Chigeeng First Nation): Assistant Professor, Department of History, York University.

Rosanna Dent: Graduate Student, History of Science and Technology department, University of Pennsylvania.

Joshua Garrett-Davis: Assistant Curator, Autry Museum of the American West.

Denise Green: Assistant Professor, Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design, Cornell University.

Rob Hancock (Métis): Adjunct Assistant Professor, Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement, University of Victoria.

Eric Hemenway (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians): Director of Repatriation, Archives and Records, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan.

Montgomery Hill (Tuscarora): Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies, University of Buffalo.

Juliet Larkin-Gilmore: Graduate Student, Department of History, Vanderbilt University.

Lisa Leffler: Director, Culturally-Based Native Health Programs, Western Carolina University.

Diana Marsh: Assistant Professor of Archives and Digital Curation at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies (iSchool)

Maureen Matthews: Curator of Ethnology (retired), Manitoba Museum.

Mia McKie (Tuscarora): Clinical Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies, University of Buffalo.

Sarah Moritz: Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, McGill University.

Keat Murray: Assistant Professor, Department of English, California University of Pennsylvania.

Deanna Nicolson (Kwakwaka’wakw): Language Programs Director, Nawalakw.

Marianne Nicolson (Kwakwaka’wakw): Artist and researcher, Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw First Nation.

Ryan Nicolson (Kwakwaka’wakw): Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria.

Conor McDonough Quinn: Department of Linguistics, University of Southern Maine.

Thompson Smith: Coordinator of Tribal History and Ethnogeography Projects, Séliš-Ql̓ispé Culture Committee, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes.

Scott Manning Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk Nation): Historian; Associate Professor and Director, Native American Studies Program at Syracuse University; Former Director of the Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Chicago.

Joanne Weinholtz (Tuscarora): Culture Teacher (retired), Tuscarora School.

Isaiah Lorado Wilner: Postdoctoral Fellow, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University.

Danny Zborover: Head: Americas Section, British Museum.