Tribal Archives: Ethics and the Right to Access

Peter Chestnut, Attorney, Chestnut Law Offices, P.A., Albuquerque

IARC Speaker Series, SAR Boardroom

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

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Attorney Peter Chestnut talks about various issues and concerns that have impacted tribal archives and how these institutions and communities have solved or negotiated through these issues.

This lecture is part of the 2013 Speaker Series of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research. The series, titled Ethics, Aesthetics, and Preservation of the Arts, is geared toward individuals and institutions interested in collecting and working with cultural materials. Speakers will delve into the various legal and ethical issues surrounding art collecting and preservation, and offer some best-practice guidelines.

Peter Chestnut is managing shareholder of Chestnut Law Offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His legal work emphasizes Indian Affairs and Water Law, serving primarily Pueblo Indian tribal governments and their business entities. He has provided legal advice and representation to Pueblo governments and worked with tribal record keepers for over thirty years.

Chestnut has also worked with archivists at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to establish and maintain the archive of documents belonging to the four Pueblos involved in State of New Mexico v. Aamodt, a leading Pueblo Indian water rights case. He has also addressed the Tribal Archivists Institute sponsored by the Western Archives Institute.

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