Dan Littlefield explains the Sequoyah Research Center

Produced by Paul DeMain
Little Rock, Arkanasa (NFICTV) 10-08

Dan Littlefield, (Cherokee) is the director of the Sequoyah Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.Littlefield holds a Ph.D. degree from Oklahoma State University and was a classroom teacher for forty-five years.

There at the University of Little Rock, a Symposium called "Voices from the Past, Education for the Future" was held during October of 2008. It was the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Sequoyah Research Center and the 8th Symposium held on campus. 

Over 25 Native educators and leaders from through out North American are featured each year at the symposium where they present their papers, or make presentations on diverse Native issues ranging from mascots to preservation of Indigenous language.  

While the Seqouyah Research Symposium is well know amongst Native participants, one of the unknown secrets of the University and the Research Center is the vast number of archived material the Center's library has accumulated. Starting in the early 1980's, Littlefield and another colleague, Dr. James Parins, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and who joined UALR in 1971, set out to collect as many Native newspapers as they could find.

The collection, along with hundreds of newspapers, periodicals, and other forms of print, digital records, biographies, and even artwork (The J.W. Wiggins Collection of Native American Art) have been donated and are now housed in a former store mall that was converted by the University.

The two founders, along with Robert Sanderson, Associate Director, have overseen the growth of the collection and have built the foundation for building a library to house the collection. The University has given them logistical and funding support and the possibility appears to becoming reality.

In this production, Dr. Dan Littlefield explains a bit about the Symposium and the Collection.

The video starts out a little shaky during the first minute. 


  "Presenting ideas relevant to their communities"

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