Kimberly Withey-Christen is an Associate Professor in the Department of English where she is the Associate Director of the Digital Culture and Technology Program and the Director of Digital Projects at the Plateau Center for American Indian Studies at Washington State University. Her academic research focuses on the intersection of digital technologies, archival practices, cultural heritage movements and intellectual property rights within indigenous communities and the global commons. Dr. Christen is currently directing the Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal (, an online collaboratively curated site for Plateau cultural materials house at the WSU Libraries and Mukurtu CMS( a free, open source digital archive and content management tool specifically designed to meet the needs of indigenous communities as they manage and share their digital cultural heritage. Dr. Christen is also a co-director of Local Contexts, an educational website and platform for traditional knowledge licenses and labels. More of Dr. Christen’s work, including publications and projects, can be found at her website: and you can follow her on twitter @Mukurtu.