Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project

News & Updates

What We are Doing Now

  • April 2019: Members of the project team are preparing for the Spring 2019 meeting of the Community Advisors Council. The team is also continuing to record the date of creation, names, and tribal affiliations present in the student applications we digitized, which represents our first pass through a sample of the documents to record descriptive metadata.
  • Last (but not least), the team is celebrating its reception of a three-year Humanities Collections & Reference Resources Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant will enable the project to complete its second phase: the preservation and transcription of approximately 50 hours of oral histories of Genoa school attendees and the digitization and description of approximately 410 pages of records for Cheyenne and Arapaho children located at the Oklahoma State Historical Society, about 6,300 pages of U.S. government documents located in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and 200 photographic images at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.

What's Coming Up

  • April 12, 2019: The project’s Community Advisors Council will meet in Lincoln, Nebraska.
    Late-April: The project team will continue its work to record critical information present in the documents we digitized.  The team will also collaborate with members of the CDRH Development team to make some basic changes to our website design, as the first of multiple design changes over the course of the project.  Finally, the team will begin summer hiring and will soon begin planning additional informational webinars for the Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO's) of the 40 nations which had children at the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation.  Interested THPO's are encouraged to contact us.

What We've Done

Spring 2019:

  • On March 15th of 2019, members of the project team 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 images of materials scanned and photographed at the National Archives in Kansas City. The team had more than 4,800 images to work through. 

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.