Episode 12: Tribal Libraries

Oneida Community Library, with mural by Scott Hill
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As public librarians, we don’t often get to interact with people working in other kinds of libraries. There are 11 federally recognized tribal nations in the state of Wisconsin and many of them have their own library. How are tribal libraries different from other libraries? What is a day in the life of a librarian in a tribal library?

Kymberley Pelky, a library staff member at the Oneida Community Library, creates all-ages programing and helps to write federal grants. She talks about some of the programs the library hosts for people both on and off the Oneida reservation.

Stephanie Julian, the Education Director for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe, has been given the task of providing library access to the Bad River library. She discusses their partnership with the TLAM Project from UW Madison, and what it will take to fully reopen the library.

Music used in this episode:

“We live a thousand years” — Hauschka

“Eights” — Rachel Grimes