Mei’Lani Eyre (they/them) is both a reference assistant in Special Collections at UW & a GSBA scholar, pursuing a graduate degree in Library & Information Science while volunteering their time to scholarship as an application reviewer. They recently worked on a project putting together a digital exhibition called Landback for UW. Landback is an age-old call to action to return stolen land, rights, and culture to Indigenous people. This is exchange is not metaphoric or symbolic, it is literal.This exhibition explores landback in the Puget Sound through the reclamation of Fort Lawton into Daybreak Star and the fishing rights struggles during the Urban Native Era.

GSBA staff recently got to attend an event celebrating the publishing of this digital exhibit and to look at some of the real life items in the archive.  You can check out the entire digital exhibition, curated by Mei’Lani here: LANDBACK: Establishing Sovereignty in the Urban Native Era (



Photos by Stacy Harbour Van-Hoy, GSBA Scholarship and Education Program Manager