Some Unfortunate News
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The Native Northeast Research Collaborative (formerly the Yale Indian Papers Project) has been at Yale University since 2003, where it has established itself as one of the country's leading Native digital humanities endeavors, recognized as a national model for innovative intercultural cooperation. (You can see our accomplishments in our recent post.)
From 2010 to 2019, our work was financed by generous grants from the NEH, NHPRC, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, CLIR, and matching funds from Yale University. This year, however, the Provost's Office notified us that Yale would no longer contribute to the project, and that we would have to raise the matching funds ourselves for any subsequent grant application.
During the summer, we proposed building a consortium of universities and institutions to share the benefits and the costs of the project and requested bridge funding from Yale. We presented the University with letters of support from 8 tribal governments, 6 Native scholars, numerous Yale students, faculty, staff, alumni, and scholars in the field.
Nonetheless, the Provost, with the approval of the President, denied our request for continued funding or the ability to provide matching support for grant applications. The Provost said while he recognized the project had provided benefits for Yale faculty and students, scholars, and for the University’s reputation among Native American groups, given all the other requests for funding, the project did not meet Yale's qualifications for funding priorities.
On September 30th, Toby and I closed our office at the Yale Divinity School and left the University.
As we seek to find a new institutional home, we will also continue to explore federal and foundational support.
Many of our tribal community partners have written to us asking about the availability and sustainability of the materials we have collaboratively worked on. On that front, we have good news. The Native Northeast Portal will continue to be available to provide communities and the public access to the thousands of records it contains. We will be adding new documents to it but at a slower rate.
We look forward to continuing our outreach to Native and scholarly communities and providing access to primary source historical materials about Native people, places, and events in the greater Southern new England area.
Paul and Toby
Welcome to the Native Northeast Research Collaborative
In the past few months, you may have noticed something different when you accessed our website or document archives, the Native Northeast Portal.
After close to two decades as the Yale Indian Papers Project, we've changed our name and our website, but not our mission as a digital humanities and social justice project.
To recover and provide greater access to the history of the Indigenous people(s) of the Atlantic Northeast for the purposes of research, teaching, scholarly analysis, storytelling, and community-based projects.
The Native Northeast Research Collaborative better captures the nature and scope of the work we do. And it's less ambiguous. We're not about papers of Native people at Yale, nor do we edit only Native manuscripts from Yale.
Rather, this is what we are about. Here are our accomplishments so far:
New England Indigenous Community: Inclusion & Network Building
Academic Community: Pedagogical Outreach
Global Academic Community: Tribally-Mediated Scholarly Resources
For our older Op-Ed Articles, go to the right side panel and click "Before October 2019". For our new ones, stay tuned.
A blog intended to be a discussion point about people, places, things, and events relating to Native communities in the American Northeast.
Images: Nancy Ransom (Nipmuc) NNRC Collection; Zaccheus Nonesuch (Niantic) Indian & Colonial Research Center; Ebenezer Bassett (Schaghticoke) Wikipedia
Before October 2019