Director, UCSD TRPPEmail
Dr. Frank's research engages in elucidating how non-Indian historical
narrative interacts with knowledge produced by and understood within
indigenous epistemologies. While completing graduate school at
Berkeley, experience working at Apple oriented Dr. Frank toward thinking
about digital technologies in relation to production, dissemination,
and access to historical research and resources. Dr. Frnak has helped
build the Tribal Digital Village, a broadband network created and
directed by a consortium of 21 Southern California Indian nations to
integrate digital technology resources and techniques into existing and
desired cultural, educational, economic, and governance activities. Dr.
Frank directs The Plains Indian Ledger Art Digital Publishing Project
), which aggregates nineteenth-century drawings in
U.S. and European collections to provide a digital platform for
research, public access, and preservation.
Dr. Frank's experience has shown him that the Kumeyaay, Luiseño, Cupeño,
and Cahuilla tribal communities and governments and researchers at UCSD
have much to offer each other, but that few channels and mechanisms
exist to acquaint one another with their respective projects, desires,
and areas of research. CIHED offers this project to provide support
for the formation of meaningful partnerships directed by tribal entities
in the San Diego region and beyond.