Records and Information Management Program
The Records and Information Management program at Haskell was created through a Memo of Understanding between the Department of Interior and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) signed in 2004. Soon after the American Indian Records Repository (AIRR) was established, the decision was made to fund the records management program at Haskell. Three people were instrumental in creating the original program: Lena Mills, OST; Dr. Dan Wildcat, American Indian Studies Chairperson; and Mark Corriston, Regional Director of NARA.
The first class of 15 students met in the 2004 fall semester. In the spring semester of 2005, five students completed the requirements for the Records Management II (RM II) class, which included certification for Office of Trust Records (OTR) Records Contact Training, when it was added to the curriculum.
At the conclusion of the 2012-2013 school year, over 600 students have successfully completed Records and Information Management I (RIM I) with 70% of those students enrolling in and successfully completing RIM II. Over 400 students in the RIM II classes have successfully completed the OTR Records Contact Training. Over 230 students have successfully completed the Basic Records Operations training provided by NARA since it was included in the RIM II curriculum in 2009. Since the fall semester of 2009 when RIM III was added to the curriculum, over 150 students have successfully earned the NARA Certificate of Federal Records Management Training (the highest credentials available to employees who manage records in the federal government).
In May 2010 the Office of Trust Records was recognized by NARA and the Archivist of the United States with an Archivist’s Achievement Award for outstanding achievements in records management for its role in establishing and funding the Haskell Records and Information Management program.
Former students have shared that they are using the knowledge they gained in the program in various internships, in jobs with various businesses and organizations, and in jobs with tribes, as well as in government offices, museums, and archives at state and university libraries.