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The Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria will partner with Tribal children's school libraries and work with school librarians on the recognition of culturally inappropriate and stereotypical books in children's literature and media. Native people are underrepresented and are often misrepresented in books and other media for both adults and children. Project participants will learn how to select appropriate, culturally relevant materials by Native American authors, will tailor services in accordance with acquired knowledge, and will have multiple opportunities to provide feedback to the project team. The project will include distribution of books, two training workshops for a broader audience of public school librarians, county library staff, and local tribal library staff as well as two Native Author programs with students at two of the partners schools.
The S. Verna Fowler Academic Library/Menominee Public Library, under the direction of the College of Menominee Nation, will create makerspace areas for participatory learning, implement makerspace programming as well as increase the number of youth patrons from middle and high school utilizing the community and youth circulations statistics. The project responds to an assessment of patron statistics, which indicated that only 350 resident children (23 percent of the youth population) use the library and checkout an average of 240 library resources each month. Project activities include designing and furnishing spaces; developing monthly programming around movie-making, stop animation, and photography; surveying participants; and tracking library use pre- and post-project. Formative evaluation activities will document the development and implementation of the program; assess the degree to which the project met its goals and the major learning from project implementation; determine the value of the project to families and national efforts; and describe what was learned that can be transferred to other similar efforts.
The Mescalero Community Library, in partnership with the Mescalero Apache Tribe Language Program, will: 1) create culturally appropriate Apache language texts (based on traditional oral literature) and 2) provide community members with user-friendly electronic access to the texts in order to increase Apache language practice among community members. The project builds on prior IMLS support to develop a website and an assessment incorporating feedback from community members who expressed great need to provide the Reservation Community with enhanced access to Apache language educational materials. To make Apache language materials accessible on the library's website, the project team will record in audio and/or video Apache language narratives; create translations of the narrative; transcribe, analyze, and annotate select narratives; and upload selected language texts in the Apache Literature Collection. Patron engagement with the uploaded texts will be monitored using web analytics to measure and characterize requests and transferred data.
The Makah Tribe's Makah Cultural and Research Center's Makah Guardian Project will promote stewardship of library collections, provide policy direction, preserve and protect archaeological, linguistic and cultural resources of the Makah Tribe, enhance engagement and cultural opportunities, and provide education about Makah culture, heritage and language of the Makah Tribe. The Guardian Project responds to a community mapping exercise that revealed underutilized community assets and addresses barriers to the audio collections that limit sharing of information and resources to intended audiences. Project activities include: expanding and improving access to audio collections; finalizing digitization and digital policies and procedures; and creating digital recordings of respected Makah tribal leaders to document Makah tribal lore, tradition and knowledge. Audio recordings will be made available through CDs and the Mukurtu Content Management System (CMS).
The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians will enhance library services through the development of the Advancing Students and Professionals through Innovation, Resources & Education (ASPIRE) Project. The project is designed to spark and nurture youth interest in learning and advanced education and increase access to professional development opportunities for Coyote Valley and neighboring tribes through a new digital media lab/classroom, GED program, and on-site classes. The project responds to a needs assessment that highlighted increased interest in education by youth members, more educational and cultural programming, and an accessible computer lab. The overarching goal of the ASPIRE Project is to improve the lifestyles of tribal members by using education as a gateway to professional development - through access (technology) and opportunities (classes) - while fostering cultural pride. Tangible products will include a digital media lab/classroom and the ASPIRE Planning & Evaluation Model.
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians will implement a 24-month project to increase digital literacy through the development of two culturally-tailored and multi-week digital literacy programs: eBook Clubs (with up to 20 participants in each session) and Digital Storytelling Workshops (with up to 10 participants in each session). These activities directly target young adults (11-17 years old), adults (18-54 years old) and elders (55 years old and older,) and will increase visitorship and usage, and build cultural intergenerational connectedness. Intended outcomes for audience members are an increase in knowledge of digital literacy tools and cultural themes/topics; an increase in attitude toward cultural connectedness and intergenerational relationships and an increase in behaviors promoting family history development and participation in cultural and community activities and ways of being.
The Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Ojibwa College Community Library's Avoiding Conflict project addresses Wisconsin Act 31, which was passed in 1989 and mandates that Wisconsin schools teach American Indian studies at least three times during the K-12 career of students. The purpose of the project is to address outdated curriculum and other materials and help school and public librarians have the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to support Act 31 endeavors in Wisconsin schools. Project activities include collaborating with the Northern Waters Library Service and the Great Lakes Convening Culture Keepers (GLCCK) as well as sharing tribal expertise and resources through training and professional development; establishment and enhancement of electronic resources; creation of an updated manual; and development of library services that will provide access to information for local and system-wide schools and public libraries.
The Fort Belknap Indian Community Council's Aaniiih Nakoda College Library (ANCL) will promote lifelong learning among residents of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation through outreach programs that address topics of identified community interest and feature engaging, hands-on educational activities related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and health/wellness, as approached through the lens of Aaniiih and Nakoda language, history and lifeways. Outreach programs will be planned, implemented and evaluated in cooperation with a network of community partners and delivered in all three reservation communities (Fort Belknap Agency, Hays and Lodgepole). Special emphasis will be placed on outreach to youth. Project outcomes include increased community awareness of and participation in programming; amplified interest in and knowledge of science, technology, health/wellness and Aaniiih and Nakoda culture; more use of library resources; and augmented college- and career-readiness among reservation youth. The project will be carried out over a two-year period.
The James E. Shanley Tribal Library at Fort Peck Community College, which performs the functions of academic library, tribal library and community library for Fort Peck Community College (FPCC), the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, and the Poplar community, will engage in a number of activities to address needs as documented by circulation statistics and professional observations. The library will offer training workshops to patrons on the use of different types of equipment and databases; add new materials to the collection to enhance the health sciences areas and current best sellers; move VHS recordings to DVD for use by patrons and make archival copies of elders' interviews; digitize Fort Peck Reservation newspapers; purchase a new copy machine; and hire a part-time assistant to provide patron services for the length of the grant.
The Hoh Tribal Business Council and the Hoh Tribal Library will support the development of early literacy skills in children, ages birth through eight, by starting a library home visiting program; increase culturally-based children and parenting materials, events and activities available through the library to respond to community needs and recommendations from state and national studies on early literacy development. The library will enhance its early literacy program as it moves into its third year of operation by connecting babies, toddlers, and children up to eight years old and their adult caregivers to a variety of learning experiences to increase children's pre-reading skills and parent/caregivers' awareness of those skills. The project is based on a research-based program, Raising a Reader, which integrates the latest research in early literacy and infant brain development with traditional Native American storytime elements.