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Sterling Fluharty Papers

Identifier: MSS-982-BC

Scope and Content

The collection contains Fluharty’s research on the rise of Native American youth movements in the 1960s and 1970s. The National Indian Youth Council is at the center of this research. Research is in the form of student and professional papers as well as oral history interviews. Turmoil in Gallup, NM and resultant student activism following the death of Larry Casuse is documented via field notes and observations, albeit from an unknown source. UNM’s Kiva Club was a vehicle of student action and the Gallup Ceremonial and Ceremonial Association were targets of demands for Native American empowerment. Letters and diaries illuminate Fluharty’s time as a Mormon missionary in New Mexico and on the Navajo Reservation.


  • 1973-2005


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Audio cassettes need to be reformatted prior to patron access.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biography / History

Sterling Fluharty was a graduate student in history at the University of Oklahoma. His research focused on Native American youth movements, particularly the National Indian Youth Council (NIYC). Fluharty was instrumental in facilitating the transfer of NIYC records to the Center for Southwest Research. Fluharty spent several years as a Mormon missionary in the 1990s, part of the time on the Navajo Indian reservation.


1 box (1 cu. ft.)


The collection focuses on Sterling Fluharty's research and writings on Native American student movements, particularly the National Indian Youth Council. Fluharty's time as a Mormon missionary on the Navajo Indian reservation is also documented.

Related Archival Mateial

National Indian Youth Council Records. Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.

Processing Information

Materials added to collection, 2/2022.
Finding Aid of the Sterling Fluharty Papers, 1973-2005
B. Silbergleit
© 2017
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Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131