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This article extends a lineage of research that reveals possibilities by which indigenous and ethnic communities have appropriated media technologies to serve their own cultural, political and social visions. This article focuses on networked and database-driven ‘new’ media and information systems, and the possibilities and potentialities these hold within cultural scenarios. A case is presented that has focused on Native communities within the United States. Through this case study, I present a methodology, process and analysis of the means by which information systems can enable culturally and community-focused goals.

Keywords: archive, community, database, diaspora, indigenous, new media, Native American, network, ontologies