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The Hydaburg Cooperative Association will establish early childhood literacy and language development programs and activities; increase use of the Tribal Library by offering regularly scheduled programs and activities; and better support and enhance learning about Haida history, culture, language, and art. The village of Hydaburg has few indoor gathering places where children, youth, parents, and Elders can spend time together, particularly during dark, cold winter months. This project will serve people from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, with limited functional literacy, and living in underserved and rural communities; and children from families with incomes below the poverty level. By bringing them together to engage in healthy, culturally-focused activities, the Library will help these participants develop a renewed sense of personal and cultural pride and hope. And, by providing resources that help people understand who they are and where they come from, the Library will empower youth and others to make positive decisions about where to go in the future.
The Jemez Pueblo Community Library & Archives (JPCL&A), in partnership with the Jemez Language Team, will help younger tribal members learn the art of making items that are necessary for participation in traditional Jemez cultural activities, such as ancestral dances and traditional games. A series of 12 workshops, with topics alternating between traditional items appropriate for female and male community members, will be held. Each month that follows, a workshop will be reserved for video post-production and archiving of digital materials in the library, under the supervision of the Language Program Coordinator who will train high school interns in videotaping, video editing, and archival content management. Participants will no longer feel left out because they don't have the proper attire or accoutrements, gaining self-esteem and confidence. This will strengthen youth's resolve to continue maintaining the Jemez way of life, which can only lead to a stronger community into the future and passing these skills on to other community members.
The Chippewa Cree Tribe's Stone Child College will increase public access to cultural archival materials and community records as well as increase community programming to provide more cultural events and, therefore, attract more community members into the library. The proposed work addresses community needs such as improving access to educational and general information materials for the community in a central location; expanding library offerings as part of an overall library expansion effort; improving the community's ability to access culturally- and historically-significant materials currently held in the library's archives; and improving technological capacity for community members, many of whom are low-income and do not have computer access at home. Project activities include purchasing supplies and software for digitizing; expanding the archive collections; and building community knowledge of the library and its offerings through twelve (12) community events. Outcomes include increased visitorship, awareness of resources, and reduced negative perceptions.
The Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan (CIV) Community and School Library will gather and record elders' knowledge of Chilkat Tlingit protocols in order to document, preserve, and offer increased access to this information and increase knowledge about CIV heritage and protocols, revitalizing their use by clan leaders, in clan houses, and ceremonies. Audio and video interviews with elders and clan leaders will be used to create 12 recordings/films and 3 books to be checked out at the library or requested through interlibrary loan and copies will also be held in the Tribal Archives and at the Heritage Center. Tribal elders and clan leaders will have increased opportunity to contribute information to document protocols for future generations. The project audience, including tribal members, Klukwan and area residents, researchers, online patrons, and future generations, will have increased access to tribal cultural information and locally created cultural resources that preserve cultural knowledge. In addition, tribal members will use library resources to increase their knowledge about tribal traditions and culture and project staff will increase their knowledge and skills through a mentoring program.
The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska will create a series of video learning materials which document, preserve, and contribute to the revitalization of Winnebago language, cultural practices, and traditional knowledge to address a rapidly growing population of young people but small and rapidly declining population of Elders who are able to pass on traditional cultural knowledge to youth. The project will address the Winnebago community's need to create textual records of living Elders' knowledge of the Tribe's history, language, cultural values, and traditional practices, for circulation among Tribal members, particularly youth and future generations. Staff from the Tribe's Angel DeCora Museum and Renaissance Language Program and a film production company will document public events centered around language use during cultural activities and private interviews with Tribal members on the Winnebago Indian Reservation to produce a 20-minute documentary on Winnebago language, culture, and history. Through screenings of the film at the Angel DeCora Museum, the Tribe will also reach non- Native residents of, and visitors to, the Winnebago Indian Reservation.
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe's project will strengthen community members' identities as readers and writers and the entire community's identity as literacy-rich through a connection with Indigenous creators and traditional culture and language; a focus on the importance of literacy; and addressing community member desires to embrace literacy and share their knowledge, creativity, and talents in the form of books. Through the book creation process, which involves exploration, analysis, and questioning, participants will cultivate critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. The project includes the development, implementation, and evaluation of workshops, events, tools, resources, and other related services to empower community members to create their own books to promote reading and authorship. It will support and encourage connection with traditional culture and language; provide guidance, information, and the opportunity for community members to learn about the process of and possibilities for creating their own books; and programs that celebrate traditional culture and language. Outcomes includes participants connecting with traditional culture and language; positive associations with reading; increased confidence; and connections between community members and authors, illustrators, and others in mentor roles.
The Yerington Paiute Tribal Library will help tribal members and families build self-esteem and self- identity; understand that cultural ways are just as important as education; and teach healthy eating habits to prevent diabetes among youth and help tribal members overcome barriers to access traditional foods and increase local healthy and traditional foods. The twelve-month project will bring underserved families together to unite traditional and new knowledge and embrace the importance of literacy, family harmony, culture and educational growth through literacy enhancement, monthly cultural activities, and workshops on traditional plants with hands on training in the hoop house. The project includes retaining and preserving the traditional seasonal activities and life-ways of the indigenous people of the Yerington Paiute Tribe (YPT) while serving residents and Tribal members of all ages who live on the reservation and colony of the YPT as well as tourists and other visitors to the community.
The Poeh Cultural Center Archives and Library will preserve and organize archival resources, to promote better access by Tewa peoples and other interested parties as well as monitor and increase foot traffic to the archives to increase the utilization of materials by community members and other interested individuals and organizations for important cultural, familial and historical purposes. The project includes contracting with key archives consultants to plan and guide the organization process; hiring an Archives consultant and museum interns to assist the first phase of this process, including developing the system of finding aids; provide training to the Archives personnel; and purchase necessary equipment and supplies that will allow the Poeh to preserve its archives with the same materials, policies, and procedures utilized by larger institutions like the National Archives.
The Enterprise Rancheria Tribal Library will document, preserve and share elders' stories and create an intergenerational bridge with tribal members of all ages to increase knowledge about and interest in cultural heritage and traditional knowledge through digital media and enhanced library services. The project will focus on digital recording of interviews with elders and other tribal members using storytelling to pass on information about their life experiences and knowledge. The Library will host storytelling events during traditional celebrations such as the Calling Back the Salmon time, monthly elders gathering, monthly youth and culture meetings, quarterly general membership meetings and other community events. The Tribe will collaborate with the Ipakanni Early College Charter school to post audio and video interviews on a web site to be developed by the youth committee with support of this grant and interviews and stories will be preserved on digital media to be checked out at the library and protected in the Tribal Archives.
The Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation's (TDN) two-year project will establish a physical and digital native plant and seed library and a propagation nursery, which are essential to support tribal and community education about local indigenous environmental practices, language, and cultural traditions. Outcomes for the project consist of completing site plans, establishing annual schedules, harvesting cuttings, seeds, and juvenile plants of at least 30 native species, planting at least 30 native species, completing four seasonal workshops per year, completing all earthwork and infrastructure projects, propagating at least 50 of each 15 species each year, cataloging a digital and physical seed library with native, annual, and perennial food seeds and distributing seeds to at least 50 tribal citizens, as well as developing 30 specific QR codes. Participant outcomes include being able to identify at least 10 native plants, access to seeds for eases in knowledge of traditional cultivation and propagation practices, and increased Tolowa plant word proficiency. The library and nursery will preserve invaluable cultural information, revitalize community understandings of Tolowa practices, and support the Tribe's sovereignty mission for residents living within a tri-county area in Northern California and Southern Oregon, which includes one of the largest Native American populations in California and some of the most impoverished groups of people.
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center (CPNCHC), in collaboration with the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS), will continue digitization of documents and other materials associated with allotted land given to Potawatomi in 1872 and 1887 to increase access to cultural materials to Tribal members who live too far away to make regular trips to visit either the CHC or OHS or lack internet connectivity or reliable modes of transportation, often stemming from poverty. OHS staff will assess, scan, and digitize documents of Potawatomi members to send to the CPNCHC Library, which library staff will formally assess and the CPN IT Department will migrate to allotment and genealogical databases. Data testing by IT, the CHC Family History Specialist, and the Archives & Librarian Manager will ensure what the community receives is high quality and easily accessible. Published databases and a digital portal will help increase understanding about culture, heritage, identity, ancestry, and history.
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) will hire a fulltime librarian to assist Jones Academy students both during and after school hours as well as update the Library's technology to accommodate an ever- expanding digital learning arena. State of the art Smartboards will be incorporated as well as tablets for students to engage in learning after classroom hours. Implementation of this project will take one year but the impact will last for many more with an expected increase in students' understanding, interest, and confidence in using the new library resources.
The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians will create an official and tribally sanctioned history of the Tuolumne Me-Wuk People to share with the state and with its neighbors by gathering materials relating to the Me-Wuks from throughout the state's various archives, museums and libraries in response to the State of California's Assembly Bill 738, which has invited federally recognized tribes to prepare comprehensive histories for inclusion in the state's public-school curriculums. The Tribe will create a comprehensive collection of documents pertaining to its history by gathering information at libraries and archives that are known to hold Me-Wuk records, documents, recordings, images, or objects; catalog and make obtained copies available at the Me-Wuks Education Department's library stacks; conduct interviews with identified elders, members and individuals; catalog the interviews with transcripts and make them available to researchers; engage in community-wide discussions and vetting of a draft Tuolumne Me-Wuk History and obtain Community Council sanction for the resulting history; and share the sanctioned history with the State of California as well as assist in the integration of the history into the school curriculums with an emphasis on collaboration with the local school districts.
The Pueblo of Isleta's Department of Cultural and Historic Preservation will develop resources from a large, unorganized collection of historic records to make them understandable and accessible by being inventoried, catalogued and revealed in a way that replicates Isleta's ancestral homeland as a source of tribal history as well as develop programs and events that promote activities and introduce these resources to the community. The Department of Cultural and Historic Preservation will work in cooperation with Isleta's Department of Education and community Elderly Center to accomplish its goals. Measures of success include the size and enthusiasm of audiences that attend meetings, lectures, and public events, tracking if messages are getting across by informally questioning people, and using formal, written surveys.
The Wyandotte Nation will engage tribal citizens and the community through Project W.I.L.L. (Wyandotte's Increasing Learning at the Library,) which features activities that promote reading in order to create a nation of learners. The two-year project is designed to help library patrons and community-based users access literature through: creating, maintaining, and sustaining a Little Free Library book exchange program; coordinating and conducting STEM classes; enhancing a Book Club; and implementing a Summer Youth Library Program. The intended audience for the activities are primarily preschoolers and native youth; however, project activities will also reach adults and elders within the rural, tribal community. Intended outcomes of the project will result in measurable changes via surveys and interviews - and outcomes including increases in understanding, interest, and confidence for our targeted audience.
The Fort Belknap Indian Community Council's Aaniiih Nakoda College Library (ANCL), which serves as the public library for the Fort Belknap reservation and the academic library for Aaniiih Nakoda College, in collaboration with community partners and the Fort Belknap Substance Abuse Community Coalition, will address Fort Belknap's substance abuse crisis. ANCL will provide information resources, educational programming, and outreach activities to build awareness, knowledge, and self-efficacy among community members in the areas of substance abuse prevention and treatment. The two-year project will alternate monthly events with local speakers addressing specific aspects of substance abuse, prevention and/or treatment, and hands-on teaching/learning activities focused on Aaniiih and Nakoda language and lifeways. Outreach for all three reservation communities, Fort Belknap Agency, Hays and Lodgepole, will have special emphasis placed on youth. Outcomes include increased community awareness of, and participation in, library-sponsored programming and program-specific subject matter related to substance abuse and Aaniiih and Nakoda culture as well as increased use of library resources and sense of self-efficacy among reservation youth.
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma will expand and enhance the tribal library services in response to requests by Absentee Shawnee Tribal members for increased library, cultural, and language services. The project includes hiring a Tribal Librarian; contracting with a professional to conduct an assessment of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe library and services, and producing a report that outlines the current status of library services and recommendations for modification; re-introducing Shawnee language and culture classes; adding genealogy software and resources for patrons; and further enhancing staff knowledge through professional development and networking with other tribal library and cultural preservation professionals. In addition, the project will expand outreach efforts in the areas of information, promotions, and activities, so that accessibility to services is increased. Outcomes include increased participation in library activities; expanded awareness of Shawnee Tribe and shared Native culture; increased access to Shawnee language learning opportunities; more accessible genealogical tools and assistance; more potential for intergenerational participation in activities; and a chance for children and youth to be exposed to Native culture in a safe, creative and cultural environment.
The Karuk Tribe will expand and enhance the Tribal Libraries network; strengthen strategic partnerships between 3 tribal communities; peak youth's learning interest with peer-produced Karuk language videos; and increase access to both physical and virtual language resources, following established best practices and Karuk protocols. Project activities challenge a widely expressed, ongoing struggle: with 4 first language speakers and 10 second language speakers, the Karuk language is at a critical stage of survival. Activities include development of thematic language lesson video clips and workshops at the computer center with the goal of increasing intergenerational knowledge transfer, youth's language learning interest, and the technology skills of both library staff and youth.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation (MCN) National Library and Archives will offer traditional arts classes to twenty-five MCN communities to encourage the development of new artisans and teachers to ensure the preservation of the unique Muscogee ways of stomp dance, basketry, pottery, moccasins, finger weaving, beadwork, traditional food making, and more. The two-year project includes the development of policies related to accessing the library along with traditional art classes for MCN Citizens that will encourage the preservation of the Muscogee ways.
The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe will hire a professional exhibition design consultant and obtain materials needed to create an exhibition space inside the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Library. Established in 1988, it currently houses books, photographs, and other important pieces of Tribal history. Most of these artifacts are not currently available to the public in physical form. There have been numerous requests from Tribal Citizens and the general public to increase access to cultural and historical items of interest. The Tribe has recently committed funds to expanding the current library building to include a library and exhibit space. The exhibit space addition will provide a physical space to share the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's collection with Tribal Citizens, descendants, local schools and the general public. The new exhibit space will include cultural and historical artifacts related to the history of the Tribe and other tribes on the Olympic Peninsula.
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians' Heritage Library will expand library hours for the community at the main campus and the satellite offices (Little Libraries,) while designating a section of the library as a maker space and providing maker space kits for educational programming and increasing literacy/storytelling opportunities for children up to five-years old. Project activities include creation and delivery of a storytelling educational series for parents of children age zero through five years old at the main campus and satellite locations; development of surveys for patrons and providing programming according to interests and resource availability; developing a section of the library for a maker space and create rotating maker space kits for the satellite offices (MS Kits); developing a quarterly themed schedule of educational programming and providing assistance to families who participate; and promoting library programs as well as professional development for library staff.