Projects > Seamless Technologies: Weaving Information Systems into Indian Country

In this project, I focus on understanding the methods and means by which information and communication technologies are embedded in Native landscapes, and to what ends.

Broadly, this project has allowed me to discern the discursive communities through which ICTs are imagined, designed, and deployed in Indian Country.

I've also been able to share findings from prior research with people directly involved with building information systems for tribes, tribal governments, and Native communities, as well as with Indigenous thinkers contending with conceptual notions of sociotechnical systems and social change.

Conceptual Contributions

Connecting Beyond the Interface: Indigenous Knowledge, Mobilization, and Deloria's Right to Know
January 2016-present.
Reference: Duarte, M.E. "Connecting Beyond the Interface: Indigenous Knowledge, Mobilization, and Deloria's Right to Know," Paper presented for the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, April 7, 2016, Los Angeles, California.

Decolonial Chats and Memes: Inscribing Indigeneity in the Digital Overlay
August 2013-June 2015.
Reference: Duarte, M.E., "Decolonial Chats and Memes: Inscribing Indigeneity in the Digital Overlay," Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, June 2015, Washington, D.C.

'Like' No Drones on Indian Land: Digital Connectivity and Political Resistance in Indigenous Landscapes
September 2014-April 2015.
Reference: Duarte, M.E., "'Like' No Drones on Indian Land: Digital Connectivity and Political Resistance in Indigenous Landscapes," Association of American Geographers, April 21, 2015, Chicago, Illinois.

Imagining: Creating Spaces for Indigenous Ontologies, or, What Catalogers Need to Know About Colonialism
Co-investigator: Miranda Belarde-Lewis.
March 2014-February 2015.
Reference: Duarte, M.E., Belarde-Lewis, M., (2015) "Imagining: Creating Spaces for Indigenous Ontologies," Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, 53, 5-6.

Knowledge, Technology, and the Pragmatic Dimensions of Self-Determination.
November 2013-March 2014.
Reference: Duarte, M.E., "Knowledge, Technology, and the Pragmatic Dimensions of Self-Determination," in Woons, M., ed. Restoring Indigenous Self-Determination. Bristol, UK: E-IR Publications.

The Phones They Carry: Idle No More, Social Media, and Native Women's Political Organizing
November 2012-September 2013.
Reference: Duarte, M.E. "The Phones They Carry: Idle No More, Social Media, and Native Women's Political Organizing," INTERSECT: Global Indigeneities: The State of Play, American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, September 2013.

Pragmatic Contributions

Steering Committee: DANAIT: The Digital Atlas of Native American Intellectual Traditions: Creating a National Platform
2016-present.
Project Director: Kelcy Shepherd

Advisory Board: Tribal Telecom and Technology Summit.
2013-2015.
Co-chairs: Randy Evans, Brian Tagaban.

Weaving Pathways Across the Digital Divide
2014
Reference: Duarte, M.E. "Weaving Pathways Across the Digital Divide," Montana Tribal Broadband Summit, Helena, Montana, October 2014.