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Finding Indigenous-Related Collections in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of the American Indian, and the Library of Congress

In this presentation, Caitlin Haynes, Reference Archivist, Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives; Nathan Sowry, Reference Archivist, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; Carla Davis-Castro, Librarian, Library of Congress Indigenous Law Library; Carrie Beauchamp, Data Manager, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; Guha Shankar, Folklorist, Library of Congress American Folklife Center; and Barbara Bair, Curator, Library of Congress Manuscripts Division; show how to search for collections  online, understand repository jargon, contact repository staff, make a research appointment, and organize research time at their institutions. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

Producing Effective Exhibit Labels: A 30-minute Tutorial

In this presentation, Cheyenne Caraway and Jed Smith, both Tribal Museum Transition Contractors at the Southern Ute Indian Tribe cover how to use labels from start to finish, including design tips, materials, mounting, and resources. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

Care and Handling of Audio and Video Recordings

In this presentation, Rebecca Elder, Principal of Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation identifies the components of magnetic media, discusses how they deteriorate, and shares the best ways to slow this deterioration, both through environmental control and appropriate care and handling. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

Caring for tataayiyam honuuka' (Ancestors) affected by past museum practices

In this presentation, Lylliam Posadas, NAGPRA Coordinator at the Autry Museum of the American West; Desiree Martinez, Project Archaeologist at Cogstone Resource Management; Özge Gençay-Üstün, Conservator at the Autry Museum of the American West; and Karimah Kennedy-Richardson, Staff Archaeologist at the Autry Museum of the American West, present a cross-discipline model for how Native communities and museum professionals in archaeology, NAGPRA, and conservation departments can engage in caring for ancestral remains. The presenters highlight perspectives and experiences from culturally affiliated tribal members and staff from the Autry Museum of the American West and explore a case of ancestral remains that had undergone invasive alterations at the Southwest Museum (now the Autry Museum) in order to be exhibited and how collective expertise was used to make respectful decisions. The presentation slides also cover conservation materials and techniques employed. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

Tribal Cultural Tourism as a Tool for Community and Economic Development

In this presentation, Sandra Anderson, IT and Website Development Coordinator and Aimee Awonohopay, Public Lands Program Manager, both at the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) discuss ways in which communities can address the needs of tourists who are seeking an authentic Native experience as well as how can museums and cultural sites become such destinations. The presenters provide the resources needed to help start or enhance a tribal tourism program and share case studies of how tourism successfully enhanced preservation and engaged communities at Grand Canyon and along Route 66. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

Tips for Successful In-House Exhibit Planning and Development

In this presentation, Tessa Campbell, Senior Curator at Hibulb Cultural Center & Natural History Preserve and Kaila Cogdill, Curator at Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, provide guidance for tribal communities and their respective cultural centers on the fundamentals of in-house exhibit planning and development. Using the 2016 Hibulb Cultural Center exhibit "Vibrant Beauty: Colors of Our Collection" as an example, the presenters discuss how to develop exhibitions' themes and goals, construct a storyline and timeline, develop budgets, and produce hands-on interactives with available resources. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

Developing a Community Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan/Collections Policy

In this presentation, Alana McGrattan, Tribal Libraries Program Coordinator at New Mexico State Library and Brian Leaf, Emerging Technologies Coordinator at the NNLM South Central Region and the state liaison to Louisiana and New Mexico, provide model templates developed by the New Mexico State Library and the National Library of Medicine aimed at helping tribal librarians to easily and effectively conduct community needs assessments that can be used to inform and develop strategic plans and guide collections policies. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

Collections Care in Extreme Conditions

In this presentation, Frances Harrell, Preservation Specialist at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), discusses alternative ways to care for collections, including choosing high quality enclosures, managing storage and use spaces, and combining environmental monitoring with appliances to manage extreme temperature and humidity. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

The Nuts and Bolts of NAGPRA Grants

In this presentation, Sarah Glass, Notice and Grant Coordinator, National NAGPRA Program, discusses the nuts and bolts of successfully applying for and managing a NAGPRA grant. The presentation slides introduce the different categories of NAGPRA grants, including consultation/documentation grants and repatriation. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

Innovative Applications of TV Whitespaces in Archives, Libraries, and Museums

In this presentation, Kristen Rebmann, Associate Professor at San Jose State University, School of Information and Jeff Garcie from the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository in Kodiak, Alaska, introduce the innovative applications of TV WhiteSpace (TVWS) technology, a valuable license-exempt radio spectrum located in the bands for traditional TV broadcast. The presentation slides cover how Tribal libraries and museums can implement this emerging technology to advance access/inclusion and to develop innovative events beyond library and museum walls. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.