You are here
Awarded Grants Search
In a time of uncertainty, the Navajo Nation Museum will create programming that safely brings families and communities together through an animated Navajo Coyote Stories series-classic traditional teachings that are usually told during the winter months. The museum will create this series in the Navajo language with an option for English subtitles and organize the screens using a drive-in theater format. They will hold these showings across the Navajo Nation at chapter houses and community centers so that families can enjoy and learn the Navajo Coyote Stories from the safety of their vehicles.
Zuni Public Library in the Pueblo of Zuni, New Mexico, will address the inequities in digital access that have been made apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic through their Solutions for the Future project. They will provide their student population with an increased lending program of Internet-accessible computers for home use; create increased online library programming so that activities interrupted by pandemic closures can be facilitated in students' homes; and offer services to students whose homes are not served by any Internet provider to act as an educational lifeline during school closures.
The Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum's project will support the funding of their exhibit Design and Media Specialist position to help address the challenges faced by the museum during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 80 percent of the museum's full- and part-time staff have been placed on a temporary furlough. The Design and Media Specialist-responsible for maintaining exhibits, developing exhibit concepts and layouts, implementing media and digital assets, and ensuring artistic quality-is critical to ensuring that the tribal community and public stay engaged during and after the pandemic. By securing the position, they will be able to properly maintain and update the museum's permanent exhibits.
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will serve at-risk tribal elders and community members who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by hiring a part-time library aide who will staff a mobile library for elders and others. The tribe also will purchase two laptops to create video stories, as well as eight iPads for a loan program, so more community members can access digital resources. Finally, they will contribute to improving library safety by purchasing plexiglass counter shields for the library, as well as a no-contact book return bin.
Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.'s project-Operation Boot Strap-will focus on building capacity by providing training for Unangax Heritage Library and Archive staff in basic, intermediate, and advanced skills necessary to create and publish educational and historical videos on Unangax/Aleut topics. To keep up with the changing roles of libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, they wanted to build their library of educational and historical videos that dynamically portray Unangax culture and traditions by collaborating with tribal community members who possess traditional knowledge. Rather than contract with production vendors for the videos, they will learn how to create them on their own.
Tamastslikt Cultural Institute will enhance its digital content and remote work capabilities, provide salary support for project-related staff and tasks, and increase safeguards specific to COVID-19 within the facility. Through www.tamastslikt.org, they will increase offerings to the public so that they can benefit from the collections, exhibits, and programs from the safety of their home or office. Virtual tours, access to collections, and live streaming will make it possible to learn more about the history and cultures of the peoples now known as the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla-the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla-while social distancing.
The Monacan Museum COVID Response and Sustainability Project will reopen the museum and historic complex to visitors based on health and safety guidelines, promote museum collections and tribal history digitally, and plan for the future growth and accessibility of the museum and tribe's historic and cultural resources. The project staff will support these goals by creating and implementing a health and safety protocol and creating, producing, and publishing digital content including a video on a new museum website and other media platforms.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Susanville Indian Rancheria's Education Program will shape their tutoring program by providing laptops to more than 100 students for distance education. The project also will provide coordination between tutors, students, parents, and teachers for more effective student participation and achievement. Many K-12 students lack devices to attend school online and complete distance education. An achievement gap exists between Native students and their peers; data suggests that the Native students in their program fell even further behind when their schools closed due to COVID-19. By providing laptops for these students and training for staff, students, and parents to use platforms such as Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom, they will continue to close the achievement gap.
The Kalispel Tribal Library will create a safe space for library patrons to maintain social distancing while in the library, provide germ screens and a barcode reader at the library resource specialist's work station to protect both patrons and library personnel, and locate an outdoor book return receptacle for contactless return of library resources. Nearly 500 community members will benefit from the implementation of this project. They hope to provide library services for the Kalispel tribal community while instituting additional safety precautions to limit exposure and transmission of COVID-19.
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana will modify open lands adjoining the tribal museum to create innovative outdoor areas and adaptations to existing exhibits to safely reopen the museum. This project will safely disinfect the museum interior and reduce crowding inside the building by modifying existing exhibits to include both indoor and outdoor elements; developing outdoor work and demonstration areas for tribal artisans; developing new training curriculum for youth to serve as museum guides; installing outdoor hand-washing and safety stations for artisans and visitors; and installing outdoor viewing and seating areas for films and other events. They expect that project benefits and products, including revised interpretive materials and interactive activities, will enhance the overall visitor experience for many years to come.
The Poeh Cultural Center will create a Tribal Museum Reopening Guide, supported by training resources that are available for free on the web, to organizations that are facing challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through planned collaborations, staff will compile a resource base that includes case studies related to challenges and solutions that institutions have faced as a result of the pandemic, technological resources and advisement in developing multimedia content for public programming and access, and public safety policy and procedure advisement for centers as they gradually reopen to the public.
Hi'ipaka, LLC will preserve jobs by training staff and developing content to address the digital divide, provide technical support, and build capacity for digital inclusion of and engagement with the botanical garden and library audience at Waimea Valley, Oahu. In this way, the staff will be better able to sustain the invaluable cultural connections, economic resources, and vital information contained in the collection. Hi'ipaka's goal is to preserve and perpetuate the human, cultural, and natural resources of Waimea Valley for generations through education and stewardship. The project will create the full range of digital content, including online videos, digital curriculum lesson plans, interactive virtual maps, informational website posts, interactive online seminars (webinars), an integrated digital library catalog system and mapped database, as well as offer trained staff to support the use and sustainability of these products.
Muscogee Creek Nation will reduce the digital divide that College of the Muscogee Nation (CMN) students are facing while they continue their education at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project will provide CMN the opportunity to purchase the chat-a-librarian and LibGuides software, which will allow the librarian to speak with students virtually, provide students with research information, and create a way for students to reach out when they need help. In addition to the software, 68 students also will receive Internet-enabled laptop computers and data Internet cards while attending classes remotely.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (HMH) will create a livestream version of a cultural-based hands-on field trip that took place a few years prior to serve the students and teachers of Hawaii. In the 2017-2018 school year, with funds from a city and county grant-in-aid, HMH served nearly 5,000 students, including 1,507 Title 1 students. The next school year, the field trip program increased by 14 percent with students coming from 102 schools, all engaging with 19th century history through hands-on, cultural-based learning.
Blue Lake Rancheria will address the need for digital connectivity identified by numerous requests from Sylvia Daniels Memorial Library patrons by offering eBooks, educational resources, and access to library collections during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project will benefit the entire community by providing learning, communications, and access opportunities to the 203 residents and more than 300 employees of the Rancheria. After this project is complete, the community will have access to the digital connectivity they need for important resources and information despite power outages, quarantine, and other incidents that make physical visits impossible.