Digital library to promote access to Eastern Shawnee collections and archival resources.

WYANDOTTE – The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has announced it will receive a $42,580 grant as one of 22 recipients of funds supporting museum services of federally recognized tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has approved grants totaling $985,494 through its Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grant program. Forty applications were received requesting nearly $2 million in funds.

The Native American/Native Hawaiian grant awards were part of $2.4 million in grants that IMLS announced July 7. The agency also awarded $1.4 million under the African American History and Culture grant program.

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Muscogee Creek Nation were also awarded grants through the IMLS Native American/Native Hawaiian museum program.

Pivotal in securing the funding for the Eastern Shawnee was Michael Lowery, the Tribe's Grants Coordinator who served as the Grant Writer on the request to IMLS.

"The digitized materials will be securely stored on the Indiana University Archives Online for the benefit of 3,340 Eastern Shawnee tribal citizens nationwide, as well as the tribal community and researchers," said Lowery.

In partnership with the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archeology at Indiana University, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe will create a digital library to promote access to Shawnee collections and archival resources, according to a recent press release from the Tribe.

The grant funding will allow for the digitization of 15 linear feet of the Shawnee Tribal History Document Series in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Ethnohistory Collection along with scans and descriptions of 100 Eastern Shawnee military photographs.

Training for Tribal staff and a workshop for Tribal citizens will accompany the project to provide learning experiences with technology and newly acquired historical documentation, according to a recent press release from the Tribe.

Work on the project is anticipated to begin in October with completion slated for September 2018.

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe provides numerous services and programs. To learn more about the Tribe’s services, culture, and history visit www.estoo-nsn.gov.

To learn more about participating in the Museum Program, call (918) 666-5151 and ask for Lora Nuckolls.