The Footnote Interactive Native American Collection features original historical documents including:
• Ratified Indian Treaties – dating back to 1722
• Indian Census Rolls – featuring personal information including age, place of residence and degree of Indian blood
• The Guion Miller Roll – perhaps the most important source of Cherokee genealogical research
• Dawes Packets – containing original applications for tribal enrollments
• And other documents relating to the Five Civilized Tribes
Footnote's Native American microsite creates an interactive environment where members can search, annotate and add comments to the original documents. Additionally, visitors can view pages for many of the Native American tribes that include historical events on a timeline and map, a photo gallery, stories and comments added by the community.
"Much like putting a puzzle together, Footnote.com brings pieces together in the form of historical documents to create a more vibrant picture of the events and people of the past," says Justin Schroepfer, Marketing Director at Footnote.com. "Together with the online community we are discovering a side of history that you cannot find in text books."
Footnote.com also provides a free service where visitors can create their own web pages for their Native American family. "Native Americans have a rich oral history," explains Russ Wilding, CEO of Footnote.com. "We hope that the online community will use Footnote Pages to preserve these stories, which will help ensure that they do not become lost to future generations."
Visit http://www.footnote.com/native_americans to see how Native American history has become an interactive experience.