Kari L. Quiballo, M.A. LIS


Phone: (520) 626-0664
Email: kariqui(at)email.arizona.edu

Kari is currently a PhD student in American Indian Studies (AIS) at the University of Arizona (UA). She is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Native Nations Institute (NNI) working on the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network (USIDSN). She is also an AIS Graduate Teaching Assistant in many courses such as Many Nations of Native America, Indigenous Economics, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and Native Nation Building. Kari graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) from UA. Her IDS degree concentrations were in Art History, Religious Studies, and Philosophy. Her master's degree is from the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS), with a concentration in photographic and film archiving. She is a Knowledge River Scholar (KR); KR is a singular scholarship program at UA that focuses the scholarship of the student’s MA LIS on information issues in and out of Indian Country that effect their self-determination and sovereignty.

While a KR scholar Kari’s research focused on the commodification of information and the resulting privatization and commercialization in information institutions. Concentrating on the control non-Native run institutions have over Indigenous cultural information, material culture, and information objects. She examined the subsequent identity creation of Indigenous people by non-Native professionals in archives. Kari also studied the Othering and identity creation of Indigenous people that arises from epistemic injustice; subjugated and marginalized Indigenous testimony on the collections in which they are either the originators of objects and knowledge or the subject of outsider research. Specifically, Kari focused on how these professional ethics issues effect Indigenous information sovereignty in reference to Indigenous people as producers of information and the cultural responsive care of their information, material culture, and information objects, as well as the repatriation of archival materials. Currently, Kari is researching the application or adaptation of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP®) principles in First Nations Health Care research, to online photographic and film archival collections of American Indians, specialized digital archival tools for Indigenous communities, and the protection of intellectual property of American Indians in the twenty-first century.