Focus on Native Americans No. 02-01

Date: Winter 2002

Breakfast Colloquy

During the National Conference of Librarians Serving Blind
and Physically Handicapped Individuals in Richmond,
Virginia, April 28-May 2, 2002, there will be a "Focus on
Native Americans" breakfast colloquy, on May 2, 7:30-9:00
a.m. in rooms Potomac F and C.  Ruth Nussbaum, librarian,
NLS Reference Section, and David Whittall, network
consultant, will be moderators. The time frame allows an in-
depth discussion of matters relevant to library services to
American Indians and Alaskan Natives.  We welcome
suggestions for an agenda. Send your ideas via e-mail to
Ruth at <[log in to unmask]> or David at
< [log in to unmask]>.

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

The George Heye Center of NMAI, located in lower Manhattan
and adjacent to the World Trade Center, survived the
aftereffects of the September 11 attack on the World Trade
Center.  When the twin towers collapsed, the center quickly
responded by shutting its building's air vents, thus keeping
exhibits and artifacts safe.  Fortunately, no staff,
volunteers, or board members were injured.  On September 19,
a blessing ceremony to welcome staff back to the center was
performed by Clinton Elliot (Ojibwe), a staff member.  It is
now rebuilding programs and audience.

At the NMAI's main building, which is under construction on
the National Mall in Washington, D.C., a welcome center has
been set up to tell about the building and its creation.
The welcome center is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-
4:00 p.m.  An illustrated tour is available online at

American Indian Library Association (AILA) news

The American Library Association (ALA)  has established a
scholarship award for American Indian and Alaskan Native
students who are enrolled in or have been accepted to and
will enroll in a master's degree program in an ALA-
accredited library school.  The scholarship is designed to
encourage qualified American Indians and Alaskan Natives to
enter the library profession.  One scholarship of $500 will
be awarded for the 2002-2003 academic year.  The deadline
for this year is April 1, 2002.  Further information and
application forms are available at the AILA web site at

AILA has formed a task force to define a focus for the
planned "Native American Children's Literature Award."  Send
suggestions for criteria for the award to the AILA web site
listed above.

Dr. Lotsee Patterson, a professor in the School of Library
and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma, is the 2001
recipient of the American Library Association's Beta Phi Mu
Award for her work in promoting Native American libraries.
She was also selected as the next Jean E. Coleman lecturer
by ALA's Office of Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS).
The lecture series is designed to educate librarians about
their roles in providing equity of access to information.

AILA will sponsor a program at the annual ALA conference in
Atlanta, Georgia, "Santa Fe Indian School Family Album 1890-
2000: Digitized Student Database" and cosponsor with other
ethnic caucuses a preconference, "Medical Resources for
Diverse Communities @ Your Library."   Further information
can be obtained from the AILA or ALA web sites.   The ALA
web site is <>.