Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project

Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project
Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project is a cooperative work coordinated by the University of Oklahoma Law Center and the National Indian Law Library and Native American tribes whose government documents appear on this site. They are published with permission of the tribes and rightfully in the public domain. “Tribal constitutions and codes are the heart of self-government for over 500 federally recognized tribes, and are the lifeblood of Indian sovereignty.” [http://thorpe.ou.edu/] There are more than 500 tribal governments are recognized by US government and Native Americans are an integral part of the US social fabric. This project aims to make tribal more recognizable by today’s public and provides a chance getting access to tribal government documents. I am so surprised that it is a so called digitization project however I did not find even one digitized item on this site. The whole web site seems pretty tricky and it took a while to figure out what to do and where to start. I just randomly browse whatever I could click into and the content is exclusively represented in html format I don’t know how they made it and what does digitization mean here? I believe that original documents are all in paper and they have to digitize them. However I could not actually “see” the items and the content have been transferred to neat html format. Why they call this project a digitized project? It is a good website for purely research purpose and attractive to those who just care about content and want to read something rather then appreciate the original looks.

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