Socio-Legal Framework of Cultural Survival (RECORDKEEPING SYSTEMS,…
Socio-Legal Framework of
These entities influence, and can be influenced by, Cultural Survival's purpose, functions, and activities.
(including volunteers and interns)
Human Rights Councils
Board of Directors
Stakeholders are not limited to those listed, though these groups have more obvious ties to Cultural Survival.
Technology is essential for recordkeepers and archivists to create and manage holdings. Listed are some components to be considered.
Quick, secure, and reliable internet and wifi connections
Economical and efficient printers and scanners
Appropriate hardware and software for daily operations
Affordable but high-capacity remote and external storage
Archiving packages with large lexicons
(such as PastPerfect or Doubleknot)
Top-of-the-line desktops, laptops, and peripherals
(for oral histories)
Microfiche, televisions, cassette players, VHS, and DVD devices
(to access, store, and convert materials in any format)
Facilities are also important. They must be spacious, climate-controlled, secure, and if possible - modern - to ensure a suitable environment for long-term records storage.
Phones and administrative odds-and-ends
STRATEGIES AND POLICIES
Cultural Survival adopts and creates policies and strategies that allow opportunities for Indigenous Peoples to speak for themselves, lands, and cultures when governments fail to.
advocates for Indigenous Peoples' rights and supports Indigenous communities' self determination, cultures, and political resilience, since 1972."
envisions a future that respects and honors Indigenous Peoples' inherent rights and dynamic cultures, deeply and richly interwoven in lands, languages, spiritual traditions, and artistic expression, rooted in self-determination and self-governance."
Free, Prior, and Informed Consent
the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review
Cultural Survival implements other policies for legal purposes.
501(c)3 Non-Profit Policies
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
RECORDKEEPING SYSTEMS, cont'd
Cultural Survival does not yet have a recordkeeping system. However, listed are potential: locations of archives, types of records for inclusion, and record organization. Also listed are resources which aid in recordkeeping system creation and implementation.
Establish archives in cities with Cultural Survival offices.
Resources for archivists.
(information on choosing and implementing a recordkeeping system)
Society of American Archivists
(includes grant writing and disaster planning advice, preservation techniques, and outreach tactics)
National Archives and Records Administration
(includes links to professional organizations)
Resources for Indigenous Peoples are important, too. They have historically been subject to extractive industries, colonial powers, and corporate greed.
Land and Resource Rights
Records to Include
Cultural Survival Business Transactions (to be kept only on an as-required-by-law basis)
(operating expenses, donations, taxes, etc.)
(emails, letters, phone calls, meeting minutes, etc.)
Annual reports, presentations, conference notes, etc.
(wages, title, contact information, etc.)
Laws and policies for compliance
Types of Records
Items can be physical or digital, and could be organized by context or by the community to which they belong. Items should be retained as long as seen fit based on enduring value.
Papers and manuscripts
(ex: tribe member diary, birth, marriage, or death certificate)
(ex: books about local tribes or cultural sensitivity)
(ex: traditional tribal clothing)
(ex: sound recordings of oral histories or cultural songs)
(ex: video documenting cultural dance or ceremony)
(ex: pictures of tribal members, reservation identification)
(ex: painting by tribal member, traditional dreamcatcher, jewelry)
Donor accession files
Files on communities to whom
has offered services
(ex: tribal histories, discrimination community has faced, action the organization has taken, community faring after intervention, etc.)
Staff (per location)
It is important for archivists and recordkeepers to practice cultural sensitivity and understanding. Additionally, language barriers may pose a large problem. Records and resources should be available in Indigenous languages.
At least one trained and educated archivist
Part-time staff to aid in day-to-day procedures and small preservation tasks
Curator, if archive has exhibit spaces
Office manager to handle administrative tasks, including social media and outreach
Staff should create relationships with consulting entities, such as lawyers, local tribe leaders, social workers, and other identified stakeholders
Archive staff should have close relationship with existing IT staff and other
Interns and volunteers
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
Cultural Survival's programs and activities advocate for and empower Indigenous Peoples by giving them a voice and providing information pertaining to their rights.
Indigenous Rights Radio
Cultural Survival Quarterly
Though these programs are, too, implemented to help Indigenous Peoples, they are often not comprised of Indigenous Peoples.
Internships and Volunteering
LAWS, REGULATIONS, STANDARDS
Though not a complete list, these standards and government bodies exist to provide consistency in recordkeeping, create benchmarks and best practices, and ensure procedures are carried out legally.
United Nations Economic, Social, and Cultural Council
United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples Issues
Internal Revenue Service Codes
Code of Federal Regulations
(5 CFR 3, 36 CFR XII)
United States Codes
(Sections, 5, 18, 31, 40, 44)
Freedom of Information Act
These standards would become relevant for Cultural Survival with the birth of an archive.
Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
Department of Defense 5015.2
the International Organization for Standardization standards 15489 & 23081
Modular Requirements for Record Systems 2010
Content Management Interoperability Services Standards
Laws, regulations, and standards in Guatemala and future international offices must be explored. :red_flag: