Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation

The Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort Program

The Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort Program is a twelve-month program for tribal archivists, librarians, and museum professionals. Using a cohort model and both face-to-face and online training, the program provides the skills necessary for managing and caring for cultural materials emphasizing local tribal needs and values. The program promotes skills in the entire digital stewardship lifecycle–from the care of physical objects, to digitization skills, to access and use decisions and policy creation with a focus on collaborative curation.

Apply for the 2019-2020 Program

We invite applications from federally recognized Native American tribes, nations, and communities in the United States. Each application should specify two participants from the community who will participate in the training.

From July 2019-June 2020, participants will travel to Washington State University in Pullman, WA for four, week-long cohort training sessions. Additionally, participants engage in virtual instruction sessions and individual check-in calls from their home institutions.

The application period will open February 1, 2019 and applications are due by midnight on March 1, 2019. Have questions? Email us at

Mukurtu CMS

Mukurtu CMS is a free and open-source community digital access platform and content management system developed and managed at Washington State University. Mukurtu provides new opportunities to engage with the challenges and possibilities for digital collections management, sharing, and curation at multiple scales.

The Sustainable Heritage Network

The Sustainable Heritage Network (SHN) provides hands on and virtual training in the digital lifecycle of cultural materials. Aimed specifically at the needs of tribal archivists, librarians, and museum specialists, the SHN makes information and educational resources accessible for the preservation of digital cultural heritage and traditional knowledge.

The Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal

The Portal is a collaboratively curated and reciprocally managed archive of Plateau cultural materials. Built using Mukurtu CMS, the Portal is a collaboration between Washington State University and the Spokane Tribe of Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Nez Perce Tribe, and the Confederated Bands and Tribes of the Yakama Nation.