California Native Hub

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The California Native Hub at UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center (AISC) is the informative site for the California region’s Mukurtu Hub. The Hub aims to provide support and training to tribal communities and organizations interested in setting up their own localized Mukurtu sites. The California Native Hub provides:

  • Localized training/workshops for developing and maintaining Mukurtu sites. 
  • Assistance with digital collection management
  • Assistance with digitization projects
  • Mukurtu testing on our demo site

Each Hub creates “user stories” based on the needs of their community users (Spokes), ensuring that future development within Mukurtu is driven directly by community needs as they define and document them.

The Hub’s first priority is to help communities build digital archives that foster relationships of respect and trust while enabling healthy collaborations.


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Dr. Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca) Professor of Gender Studies and American Indian Studies IDP, UCLA Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs; starting January 2022, Professor of Indigenous Studies, UB.

Associate Director
Dr. Erin Debenport, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Graduate Studies, Anthropology, and Associate Director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center. 

Project Managers
Dr. María Montenegro, 2021-2022 UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Irvine, Global and International Studies (PhD UCLA, Information Studies). 

Joy Holland, Librarian at the UCLA American Indian Studies Center Library. Previously Executive Director of Kona Historical Society, a multi-site Smithsonian affiliated museum and archive in Hawaiʻi. 

Digital Trainer/Archivist
Julie Fiveash, a Diné Indigenous working at UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center Library on collection management, development, and archival and special collections projects (Master in Library and Information Studies, UCLA).  

Grants and Funding
Digital Humanities Advancement Grant 2021-2023 in partnership with Washington State University, UCLA American Indian Studies Center.