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     Focus on Native Americans No.  05-02


                         


       Date:  Summer 2005                                     
       
       
       
       News
       
       Lotsee Patterson becomes  ALA honorary member
       
       Lotsee Patterson became one of two 2005 ALA honorary members at the
       American Library Association's annual conference in June 2005.
       The award recognizes her "outstanding contribution of lasting
       importance to libraries and librarianship."  Described as "one of the most
       outspoken advocates for equitable library services for American Indians
       in the history of this country," Patterson set the groundwork for the
       establishment of tribal libraries across the nation and cofounded the
       American Indian Library Association. Her other activities include
       establishing the International Indigenous Librarians forum, serving as an
       expert witness to commissions and select committees, and acting as
       senior advisor to the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American
       Indian.  In 2003, she was the first recipient  of the AILA/ALA 
       "Honoring Our Elders" Distinguished Service Award.  Patterson is a
       member of the NLS Library Service to Native Americans committee and
       was a speaker at the 1994 National Conference of Librarians serving
       Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals in Denver, Colorado.
        
       Subject Headings for Indian tribes
       
       The Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) of the Library of
       Congress has recently determined that names of Indian tribes recognized
       by the U.S. government as legal entities will be tagged by geographic
       names in the name authority records rather than by corporate name, as
       they were previously tagged. The change follows the guidance provided
       in Rule 21.35 of the __Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules,__ second
       edition, (AACR2) regarding the treatment of tribal entities as national
       governments. For details see www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/tribes.html.
       
       Radio program
       
       __Native America Calling__ is a daily one-hour live call-in program
       linking public radio stations, the Internet, and listeners for discussion of
       issues specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The program,
       which is  patterned after National Public Radio's __Talk of the Nation,__
       celebrated its tenth year on the air in spring of 2005. Its coverage  ranges
       from reservation life to global affairs and it provides a forum for guest
       experts to define issues affecting Native communities. Listeners are
       invited to call in and comment. __Native America Calling__ is heard on
       more than thirty stations in the United States and Canada by more than
       thirty-seven thousand listeners each week. The program airs live Monday
       through Friday, 1:00 2:00 p.m. EST. For more information write to     
       Native America Calling, P.O. Box 40164, Albuquerque, NM 87196,
       (505) 277-7999, www.nativeamericacalling.com.
       
       Indian ancestry
       
       A factsheet, __How Do I Trace Indian Ancestry?,__ is available online
       through the U. S. Department of the Interior web site,
       www.doi.gov/ancestry.html. It lists resources and links to help
       individuals interested in tracing ancestry in a federally recognized
       American Indian tribe.
       
       Institute of Museum and Library Services grants
       
       In June 2005, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
       awarded more than $1.3 million in federal grants to improve library
       service for Native Americans. There were 229 grants to 237 Native
       American tribal communities and Alaska Native villages to support and
       strengthen general operations and core library services. Go to link
       www.imls.gov for more information.