Event—Public Programming

Indigenous Archival Activism: Mohican Interventions in Public History and Memory

Historians Rose Miron and Kelly Wisecup discuss Miron’s work exploring one example of Native history being actively repatriated back to control of tribes and communities.

This program will be held in-person at the Newberry and livestreamed on Zoom. The online version of this event will be live captioned. Please register below.

Who has the right to represent Native history?

Join historians Rose Miron and Kelly Wisecup as they discuss Miron’s new book, Indigenous Archival Activism: Mohican Interventions in Public History and Memory.

Tracing one tribe’s fifty-year fight to recover and rewrite its history, the book takes readers into the heart of debates over who owns and has the right to tell Native American history and stories. It explores the story of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation and its Historical Committee, showing how their work exemplifies how tribal archives can strategically shift how Native history is accessed, represented, written, and, most important, controlled.

Indigenous Archival Activism will be available to purchase in the Newberry bookshop, and the author will sign copies after the talk.

This program is cosponsored by the Newberry’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies.


Rose Miron is director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library, where she directs public and scholarly programs designed to further the effective use of the Newberry's substantial related collections and to make those collections more accessible to Native communities across North America. She holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota.

Kelly Wisecup, Arthur E. Andersen Teaching and Research Professor in the English Department at Northwestern University, is a literary and cultural historian whose work brings together early American studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and histories of books and archives. She is a non-Native scholar who works with contemporary Native nations and people to research, teach, and write about Indigenous literatures.

Cost and Registration

This program is free and open to all. Advance registration required. Registration opens June 1.

In-Person Registration

Support the Newberry

Your generosity is vital in keeping the library’s programs, exhibitions, and reading rooms free and accessible to everyone.

Make a Gift


Call us at (312) 255-3592 or send us an email.

Email Us

Past Public Programs

Check out video recordings of past Newberry public programs on our YouTube channel.