Southeast American Indian Studies Program

Initiatives

To support its research and outreach agenda, the Southeast American Indian Studies (SAIS) program will work to establish a digital repository and archive, an elder-in-residence program and an honors residence program.

Digital Repository and Archive

SAIS will house a digital repository and archive (DRA) of historical and contemporary primary documents, including government reports, maps, census data and tribal documents such as petitions for federal and state recognition, constitutions and legislation. A special component of the digital repository will be the collection of oral histories, photographs and traditions of Southeastern Indigenous peoples. The DRA will allow individuals and families to document the histories, stories and oral traditions important to their tribal communities. Oral histories will be collected using audio and/or video recordings that will be stored in various digital formats. The DRA collection will be available to the public as well as scholars.

The DRA may also include proceedings from the Southeast Indian Studies Conference, the Adolph Dial papers, the Elmer T. Hunt Photo Collection, the papers of Congressman Charlie Rose, the Hamilton McMillan papers, and documents, photos and papers acquired through the Lumbee River Fund.

Elder-In-Residence Program

SAIS will facilitate an Elder-in-Residence program that brings a distinguished American Indian elder to the university to hold office hours, participate in lectures, workshops, classroom presentations or other educational programming. This program will be an opportunity for the Elder-in-Residence and a community elder to interact with students to share wisdom, experience and knowledge that may not normally be available or part of a formal academic program.

Honors Residence Program

SAIS will support a residential honors program for students in collaboration with the Esther G. Maynor Honors College. The honors program will host small classroom experiences for students who wish to have an advanced course in the study of American Indian peoples and cultures. The program will include a residential component where students reside together on campus in a living-learning community. Students will experience an intense program of study with research and summer components that require collaboration with fellow students, faculty and tribal elders and communities.