Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project

News & Updates

What We are Doing Now

  • We are preparing the student applications for upload to the project website for an internal review process, in preparation for the review of this work by our Community Advisors Council at the Fall 2019 Community Advisors meeting.
  • We are beginning editing and processing more than 2,100 images of materials scanned and photographed at the National Archives in Kansas City.
  • We are finishing recording and drafting descriptive metadata for student written records.
  • We are beginning planning for the annual reunion of the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation in Genoa, Nebraska.
  • We are planning for a trip to the National Archives in Denver, to digitize even more Genoa materials.

What's Coming Up

  • We will begin creating standards and definitions for our descriptive metadata for Genoa-related receipts and correspondence.
  • We will begin a search for an Undergraduate Research Assistant.
  • We will begin planning for the Fall 2019 meeting of the project's Community Advisors Council.
  • We will begin planning for Fall 2019 conference attendance and presentations.

What We've Done

Summer 2019:

  • We created standards and definitions for our descriptive metadata for the student written records and began recording this information.
  • The team received training on archival photography and two members of the project team returned to the National Archives in Kansas City, where they photographed and scanned over 2,100 additional documents in five days.
  • We finished recording and drafting the descriptive metadata for all student applications digitized to date.

Spring 2019:  

  • We conducted interviews and hiring for the summer.
  • We created standards and definitions for our descriptive metadata for the student applications and we began recording this information for all student applications digitized to date.
  • The Project Manager received digital humanities training at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada and both the Project Manager and the team's Preservation and Audiovisual Lead attended the National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining DH Workshop in Provo, Utah.
  • The team celebrated the news that the project was awarded a three-year Humanities Collections & Reference Resources Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • We made some basic changes to our website design.  
  • The Community Advisors Council met on April 12, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • We pulled and recorded the date of creation, names, and tribal affiliations present in the student applications we digitized, as part of our first pass at recording descriptive metadata for project materials.
  • We held the project's first informational webinar for the Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO's) of the 40 nations which had children at the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation.
  • Members of the project team edited and processed more than 4,800 images of materials scanned and photographed at the National Archives in Kansas City.

Fall 2018:

  • We spent the latter part of the Fall editing and processing images of materials scanned and photographed at the National Archives in Kansas City.
  • In early October 2018, members of the project team attended the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition’s first national conference in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and presented on the project's work.
  • The Community Advisors Council met in Genoa, Nebraska on September 28, 2018.
  • Members of the project team attended the annual reunion of the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation in Genoa, Nebraska on August 11, 2018.

Spring 2018:

  • We convened the first meeting of our Community Advisors Council at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln University Libraries.
  • We presented on the project at the Nebraska State Museum's "Science Cafe" series, which was featured in a Nebraska Today news story.
  • We hired project staff.

Summer 2018:

  • We made two trips to the National Archives in Kansas City, conducted research in the archives, and scanned and photographed 4,835 pages of materials related to Genoa.
  • We held a training workshop with the developers of the Mukurtu content management system.
  • We connected with the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition about ways to support one another's work. 
  • We began building the project's infrastructure.
  • We met with community members who contributed material to be included in the project.

The Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project is a collaboration between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation; Community Advisors from the Ponca, Omaha, Winnebago, and Santee Sioux tribes of Nebraska; and descendants of those who attended Genoa. For additional information or other project-related inquiries, contact us.