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Early Scholars 2016 - Guide to Researching Tribal Organizations: Home

Start here for research at the Egan Library on Alaska Native tribal organizations.

Welcome Early Scholars

This is a guide to Egan Library collections and online resources *beyond websites for your research on Alaska Native tribal organizations. We hope you also enjoy our technology and study spaces.

First payment to 13th regional organization

United States Bureau of Indian Affairs official with Bert Bauer (center) and Billy Blackjack Johnson (right) holding first check received by 13th Regional Corporation. Also from verso: "Check was over 7 million dollars. We could have bought all of Alaska from the Russians with this check - 100 years to[o] late. [Left to right: unidentified Bureau of Indian Affairs official], Bert Bauer, 13th treasure[r], Billy B. Johnson, Chairman of the 13th Land Committee." 1970's? Original photograph size: 5" x 7".

Image from Alaska's Digital Archives

Guiding Questions

How does participation in tribal government provide for the future of communities?

What responsibility comes with federal recognition of an Indian tribe?

Why is tribal sovereignty important?

What is the significance of Indian and tribal self-determination?

Why should all Alaskans be aware of issues of tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction?

Why does your organization exist?  What is its significance?

Finding books on your tribal organization

Your mission

A visit to the Egan Library

Each group must find 3 articles from NewsBank and/or SLED related to their tribal organization. 

Each group must have citations for all the sources (books, articles, websites, other?) used for this project.

Today, as you search for your 3 articles:

  • Read the abstract and know enough to decide if they will add a contribution to this project.
  • Print them!
  • Make sure you write down the FULL CITATION of each article on your notes page. 
  • Below that, on your notes page, write a quote from the article (copy it using quote marks to note it is not your words or paraphrase) that helps explain the mission or importance of it.

If you are having trouble identifying articles specific to your organization, look for important court cases or "in the news" events related to the timeline of events. You may need to go more broadly to find answers to the GUIDING QUESTIONS.

**Think how each article will help develop the timeline of important dates and events and address the importance of your tribal organization.

***At the end of class, each group must show their 3 articles and add one more date on the Timeline.


Questions?  Ask a Librarian for help!


Citing your sources

Most important when citing sources is to help your reader find the same information again. So your citation needs to be complete enough for us to find it again. The format will change depending on who you ask, for now we need just the essentials.


Website Author (who is responsible for the site). Name of site. URL.

University of Alaska Fairbanks. "Alaska Native Knowledge Network."

Author. Title. Place: Publisher, Year.

Case, David S. and Voluck, David A. Alaska Natives and American Laws. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Press, 2012.


Author(s). Year. "Title of article".  Title of Journal. Volume, issue, pages.

Lujan, CC. 2014, "American Indians and Alaska Natives Count", American Indian Quarterly, 38, 3, pp. 319-341

Article from a database with no author listed.

"Court Rules Alaska Natives Have Government Rights on Own Lands." New York Times 17 Jan. 1992. Student Resources in Context. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.


**You can copy citations from the databases for most of the articles you find!



search terms

We began by brainstorming specific search terms for this project, and discussed how your words matter when doing research in search engines and databases. 

ANB Hall Benefit Dinner

Benefit dinner ANB Hall Hoonah 1940-4?
Image from Alaska's Digital Archives

Website for reviewing tribal courts system

Look at this!

Books on Alaska Native and American Indian history