D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies
Founded in 1972, the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies brings together scholars, teachers, students, tribal historians, and Native community members to promote research and improve the representation of Native peoples and histories in education and writing.
The Newberry Consortium in American Indian and Indigenous Studies (NCAIS) provides essential training for graduate students in Indigenous Studies. Every year, students from member universities are invited to hone their research skills at a spring workshop, delve into the Newberry collection during a summer institute, and present their work at a graduate conference.
Special projects and initiatives run by the McNickle Center aim to shift how we study, teach, learn, and discuss Native history. For example, as part of "Indigenous Chicago," the center is currently partnering with Native communities to reposition Chicago as an Indigenous place and reframe how Chicagoans view the city's past, present, and future.
Community Outreach and Collaboration
Building reciprocal relationships with Native communities is a cornerstone of the McNickle Center’s work. The center has a long-standing relationship with the Native community in Chicago and has partnered with dozens of other Indigenous communities on a range of programs and projects throughout its fifty-year history.
In 2020, the Newberry revised its policy regarding access to culturally sensitive materials. The policy gives tribal nations more options for assigning protocols to specific items in the Newberry collection. Identification of these materials is still underway. We encourage researchers to review our policy closely, and we welcome input from tribal representatives.
Every October, the McNickle Center hosts a public event to re-center Native peoples who are often marginalized from American history.
The D'Arcy McNickle Distinguished Lecture Series brings prominent Native authors and scholars to the Newberry to present their views on urgent matters in Indian Country. Usually held in November, past lectures have featured Ned Blackhawk, Leslie Marmon Silko, Winona LaDuke, and Nick Estes.
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The McNickle Center staff are Rose Miron, Director, and Sarah Jiménez, Program Assistant.