PHOENIX – Started by the Education Committee of the San Carlos Tribe in San Carlos, Arizona, the unique education-focused Apache Drum Beat newspaper began with a new line drawing on the front page of every issue before switching to the modern look of the printing press in 1963. The newspaper also covered tribal council and community news, employment opportunities, and updates on local businesses and infrastructure around the San Carlos Apache Reservation.
“The Apache Drum Beat covered education issues of the San Carlos Apache Tribe during the early 1960s, including news about education policy and the students who attended both local schools and non-local area federal boarding schools such as the Phoenix Indian School,” said Sativa Peterson, National Digital Newspaper Program grant project director and news content program manager for the State of Arizona Research Library.
This is just one of six newspaper titles from indigenous communities around Arizona that were digitized and added to the Arizona Memory Project by the Arizona State Library in partnership with the University of Arizona Libraries, thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress’ National Digital Newspaper Program. Issues of the Apache Drum Beat will be available indefinitely and can be viewed for free on any digital device at https://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/digital/collection/drumbeat.
For questions about this or any digital collection, or for cultural institutions interested in sharing collections on the Arizona Memory Project, contact [email protected].