The Portal provides access to materials from a number of participating local, regional, and national libraries, museums, and archives, as well as from tribal cultural heritage institutions.

Institutional Partners: Materials from all institutional partners are selected through an established selection and review process. Institutional staff (archivists, curators, librarians, etc) prepare “passes” that collect all relevant content they are able to locate. Whenever possible, tribal representatives are brought to the institutions to interact with materials and staff directly. That pass is then reviewed by tribal representatives who both provide feedback to refine future passes, and identify which items in the pass they would like included in the Portal. Items are then digitized as needed and copies are sent to WSU. WSU staff then prepare the items for final review by tribal representatives and finally upload them to the Portal.


The Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal uses the Mukurtu CMS platform. Mukurtu CMS is a free, mobile, and open source access platform built with indigenous communities to manage and share digital cultural heritage.

The Plateau People’s Web Portal is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Council on Library and Information Resources.

The Portal is managed by an Advisory board from the partnering tribes.

  • Coeur d'Alene Tribe - Audra Vincent, Manager, Coeur d'Alene Tribal Language Program
  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation - Sadie Peone, Historical Collections & Office Manager, Séliš-Ql̓ispe Culture Committee
  • Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation - Jolena Tillequots, Library Technician, Yakama Nation Library
  • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation - Crystal Miller, Traditional Cultural Properties Coordinator Senior, History/Archaeology Program
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
  • Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs - Valerie Switzler, General Manager, Education Administration
  • Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe - Josiah Pinkham, Cultural Specialist
  • Spokan Tribe of Indians - Bobbi Rose, Archives and Collections Assistant, Spokan Tribe Preservation Program

The Portal is maintained by staff at Washington State University’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation.

  • Dr. Kim Christen, Director, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation; Professor and Director, Digital Technology and Culture Program
  • Dr. Trevor Bond, Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collection; Co-Director, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation
  • Alex Merrill, Head of Systems and Technical Operations, WSU Libraries; Director of Technology, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation
  • Lotus Norton-Wisla, Community Archivist, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation and Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
  • Michael Wynne, Digital Applications Librarian, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation


Please contact the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation with any questions about the Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal.