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Oyate Indian Club collection

Identifier: COU:3226

Scope and Contents

The Oyate Indian Club Collection does not hold the historical records of their organization. To the extent that these historical files exist, they are held in storage in the University Memorial Center storage rooms. Active files of the Oyate Indian collection are housed in their office at the University Memorial Center.

This collection primarily conists of publications from Native American sources (e.g. tribal publications or other related organizations) or are concerned with Indigenous issues. It also contains clippings from newspapers. Most of the publications and clippings date from the middle to late 1970s. Files also document various events organized by Oyate, as well as budget and financial records of the organization, including some American Indian Sciences and Engineering Society (AISES) materials consisting of brief reports.


  • 1973 - 1992

Biographical / Historical

The university administration funded a Native American financial aid program to assist Indigenous students and promote enrollment in the 1960s. With this funding, activists organized Student Crusade for Amerind Rights (SCAR): a short-lived student group created during this period of protest, bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to work towards Native American rights. SCAR’s goal was to promote Indigenous enrollment, curriculum, and student rights on campus. They also wanted to provide a place where future Indigenous students would feel welcome.

Oyate Indian Club first appears in the University of Colorado Student Directories in the fall of 1973. Oyate seems to have been established partly to continue the work of SCAR. However, they also aimed to help Indigenous students in their transition to the new University environment, and to encourage them to connect with the Indigenous community on campus. Oyate hosted several notable events in the 1970s: lectures, cultural events, films, and presentations. Among these early events, was a lecture by John Trudell, leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM) who was involved with the AIM occupation at Alcatraz in 1969. In 1973, Oyate also prepared a statement showing their support of the AIM occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.


6 linear feet (5 boxes and 10 oversize boxes (15 total boxes). )

Language of Materials



Oyate Indian Club was established as an advocacy student group for Indigenous students on campus at the University of Colorado at Boulder during the mid-1970s. This collection primarily consists of publications from the 1970s and 1980s from Native American sources (e.g. tribal publications or other related organizations) or are concerned with Indigenous issues.

Processing Information

This collection has been re-described to remove outdated and potentially harmful language from the finding aid. Changes primarily occured to the language used in the collection-level descriptive notes including the Biographical/Historical note, Scope and Contents note, and the Abstract. The problematic language included in earlier versions of this finding aid originated from archives staff and no longer reflects the values and norms of the CU Boulder Archives.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States