Simmons.edu – Previously a Postbaccalaureate Fellow working with the Amherst College Collection of Native American Literature, Innerarity is profiled on the website of Simmons University, where she has begun graduate studies at the School of Library and Information Science. She is focused on building and preserving archives for her community, the Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California.
“I had never really engaged in archival spaces before,” Innerarity says of her yearlong Frost Library fellowship after graduating from Amherst. “Previously, I felt that [as an Indigenous individual] I did not belong in these kinds of spaces, but I felt very welcome there, and I learned so much about tribal histories and collections.”
The profile also describes Innerarity’s work with the Miwok Heritage Center in Ione, Calif., and quotes her about “the oral vs. written binary”: “Even though orality and performance are very important to many tribal communities, Native folks have been involved in writing and printing as long as those communicative technologies have existed here.” Innerarity advises other BIPOC graduate students to cultivate support networks for themselves, and suggests resources for learning about the significance of Thanksgiving to Native peoples.