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The Quapaw Tribe will preserve and promote its rich heritage; increase access to information for all by enhancing and improving the resources of the library; and promote literacy, especially in the early learning. The project addresses inadequate literacy resources; a need for Native American cultural/historical preservation; a lack of sufficient technology-based resources; and a lack of literacy-based programs for children. It includes adding 400 new materials annually to the collection; conducting two storyhour sessions per week and one family reading night per month; Native culture, crafts, and language-oriented classes and workshops; the creation of a Quapaw Youth Pottery Program and a traditional/crafting/informational program for youth, ages 13 to 19; online services for adults and youth; and the development and implementation of an afterschool program incorporating STEM and literacy.
The Karuk Tribe's Xahvik: Digital Enhancement for Karuk Tribal Libraries' Web (Xahvik = Web in the Karuk Language) two-year project will address the need to expand the content and augment the capacity and continuity of the Karuk Tribe's integrated library program through professional development; expansion of data capacity and technical support as well as development of a digital strategy policy; populating the collections related to the Karuk language, culture, resource management practices, and traditional knowledge and skills; and providing for lifelong learning through technology training for 27 staff members. Making culturally relevant materials accessible to the greater community will promote Karuk language learning; return traditional ecological knowledge to the tribal community; and support an informed collaborative stewardship of the area by the Tribe and outside partners to promote Karuk cultural revitalization.
The Medweganoonind Library will undergo a complete overhaul of services by updating the outdated collection and establishing community library programming in order to establish sustainable community programming and increase awareness of library services for Red Lake Nation. The expected outcomes of this project are an increased number of library users and materials checkouts along with the development of positive regard for the library and library services within the Red Lake community. The project team will provide cultural literacy activities and access to technology; make available cultural and popular resources; help build cultural knowledge; and offer technology workshops. Throughout the project, avenues for community involvement in programming and services and library internships for community members will be provided.
The Huna Totem Corporation (HTC) the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) village corporation for the village of Hoonah, in partnership with the Huna Heritage Foundation (HHF), will develop the Lifting Faces of Our Ancestors digitization project, which has the goals of preserving, perpetuating, and greatly increasing accessibility and use of the cultural and historical photographs and images held in the Huna Heritage Foundation (HHF) Library and Archives. Project activities include: the transfer of 600 photographs held in the library and archives to digital format; the creation of a portal using the Mukurtu Content Management System (CMS) with clan categories for the Huna tribal members; the promotion of the new Mukurtu CMS portal; and an evaluation of the project. The Lifting Faces of Our Ancestors project's primary audience are HTC shareholders, but the work will also serve as a resource for educational and language revitalization efforts in the community and Hoonah School District as well as scholars throughout the world.