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Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation will rebuild library services and infrastructure that was destroyed when the library's roof collapsed in a natural disaster. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes will hire new library staff, purchase new equipment, purchase new content, establish new educational programming, and monitor performance measures to make program changes as needed. This project will address the low educational achievement of the reservation's low-income and underserved Native American population by facilitating lifelong learning and literacy, with a special emphasis on school-age children. The library will increase literacy capacity and resources for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, literary confidence among participants, and understanding of their history and culture.
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin will create and self-publish a series of books to encourage fluency in and preserve the Menominee language. Library staff will work with a trained immersion teacher to create eight simple books, four picture books, and one book of short stories with phonetic pronunciation and English translation for juvenile readers. The book of short stories will consist of original content from the Menominee people, collected from two Kataes esehcekasiq (Let's Do Things Together) Family Program (KEFP) writer's workshops hosted by the library. The project will allow books to be purchased and made available to the library, families with infants attending the immersion rooms at the Menominee Tribal daycare, elementary children attending reservation schools, and families that participate in KEFP.
The Ojibwa Community Library will expand and update the library's Native American collection, enhance library programming and events, provide a space for Ojibwemowin learning and language resources within the library, and increase library hours and library staff. Through its "Learning from our Past, Connecting to our Future" project, the library will modernize materials to fill gaps in programs currently offered in the community and provide a space for community members to practice Ojibwemowin, particularly those who do not have a computer at home to access digitized language resources. Through these activities, the library will successfully revitalize interest in and education of Ojibwemowin history, culture, and language.
The Huna Totem Corporation, in collaboration with the Huna Heritage Foundation, the Alaska State Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Washington State University, will apply Society of American Archivist standards to its archive collection by processing, describing, arranging, and creating finding aids and a database. The project will also create new content for the collection by conducting 10 oral interviews with community elders. The goals are to preserve Tlingit elders' knowledge for current and future generations, provide a missing piece of Tlingit history, and document clan belongings that hold traditional and cultural stories. Stakeholders will have access to local history and culture through audio and video recordings, photographs, and print materials of Hoonah culture and history that are held in a repository.
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation will enhance the operations of the community library for all community members by increasing public access to cultural archival materials, community records, and databases and research material. The library will improve technological capacity for community members, many of whom are low-income and do not have computer access at home. The library will also increase programming and cultural events, including hosting 12 library community events with at least half having a cultural education focus, including those with a Native American author, artist and speaker engagements, three day-long workshops with local craftsmen, a Rocky Boy's Got Talent show, and summer reading program.
Koniag, Inc. will partner with the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository to develop and share Alutiiq history resources in the Koniag Cultural Library. The Quliyanguarpet "Our Story" project will create two books, an Alutiiq storybook for elementary school student and an Alutiiq history book for high school students and the public. Written by local experts, the books will include cultural imagery and Alutiiq vocabulary and be professionally designed and edited, reviewed by elders, educators, and community members, and published in both print and digital versions for free distribution under a Creative Commons license. Alutiiq Museum will create four lesson plans tied to state social studies standards and two video presentations for educators. The project will develop and share trustworthy library resources to promote life-long learning among students, educators, tribal members, and the public.
The Tohono O'odham Nation, in collaboration with the Tohono O'odham Nation's Department of Information and Technology, will expand digital access, capabilities, and library resources to community members who are not able to come to the library in person. The library will purchase and lend 15 laptops and 15 Wi-Fi hotspot devices. It will offer this service to library customers, community members, and students. The laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots will address connectivity issues that hinder access to information and job skills development, while also lessening the homework gap financially disadvantaged students face.
The Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut's "Story-Keeper, Seed Keeper" project will create a physical and digital Native seed library at the Mohegan Library and Archives and two sustainable indigenous plant gardens at Tantaquidgeon Museum. This project will facilitate tribal community education about indigenous herbs, Native food crops, ceremonial medicine, environmental, and sustainability practices, and plant stories and traditions passed on by historic Mohegan farmers, gardeners, gatherers, writers, and storytellers, such as Samson Occom, Fidelia Fielding, and Gladys Tantaquidgeon. Activities include training community members in indigenous food sovereignty issues, tribal planting traditions, completing five tribal workshops per year, using garden exhibits for public education, and distributing seeds to at least 30 tribal citizens and 30 citizens of surrounding tribes.
The Ak-Chin Indian Community library will introduce the community to the latest advances in robotics and artificial intelligence by incorporating these technologies into current and new library and language programs. The library will purchase two robots, one for the library and the other for the language department. The library will use the robot to assist its response to the COVID-19 pandemic by delivering materials to library visitors through their curbside service program, reminding visitors to wash their hands, practice social distancing, wear a mask, and stay home if they are feeling sick. The library will also use the robot in programs such as their coding club and weekly preschool story time programs. The goal of the project is to better grasp and prepare for the future by increasing access to integrating technology in current library and language programs.
The Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah Indian Reservation will increase interest and knowledge about Makah culture and history through educational services and opportunities for Makahs, Neah Bay community members, patrons, and distant learners. A Makah historian will provide four virtual bilingual lectures and record them to be added to the library's archives. This project will also digitize and edit at least 40 analog videos, edit at least 70 hours of video recordings into 5-minute segments, and record 12 elders to capture their knowledge and ideas. Project staff will upload videos on the free web-based Makah portal that learners can access on any device and make them available on DVDs for learners who do not have access to computers or internet.
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi will provide educational programming for Pokagon elders with the goal of promoting lifelong learning. The program will increase elders' computer skills and use of the physical and online Simon Pokagon Memorial Research Library resources. This program also will offer a combination of online and in-library trainings on the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Court Appointed Special Advocate program, substance abuse and mental health, individual education plans, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The project will also support language revitalization efforts by developing Potawatomi-specific language and culture educational materials for Pokagon children, including online language games and storybooks, as well as physical kits with coloring books, games, and posters. Pokagon families, community language classes, and the Band's preschool academy will use the materials.
The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma will renovate a school bus, donated by the police department, to a book bus. The "Jen Jen" book bus library will promote library services and increase circulation of books, eBooks, and audiobooks, as well as educational programming. The project will benefit 682 citizens within a 50-mile radius of tribal headquarters, with a goal of serving and positively impacting all 3,438 tribal citizens across U.S. in the future. The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma will create an early childhood STEM program, technical education opportunities for toddlers, tribal youth, and tribal elders, and access to iPads for reading eBooks and/or listening to audiobooks.
The United Keetoowah Band will partner with SIL International to pilot a community-based spoken language learning program with Keetoowah adults, youth, and children to revitalize interest in and preserve the Keetoowah language. The program will foster 24 language apprentices and eight masters in a two-year program, 300 tribal members will engage in related language exposure opportunities, and the project team will create collateral, including an entry-level language learning kit, a language learning guide, and an advance language learning resource. The program will address limited use of spoken Keetoowah language in Keetoowah homes, limited knowledge of planning and facilitating language learning, and lack of language-learning opportunities.
The Sealaska Heritage Group will archive the Dauenhauer Literary Estate and make it available for Tlingit language speakers, learners, students, teachers, and the public to access for research and educational purposes. The collection is comprised of 275 linear feet of documents created by Nora and Richard Dauenhauer, Tlingit scholars who spent four decades working with fluent Tlingit speakers. The archivist will digitize 2,700 documents, made available online through Profio, build a finding aid for the collection, and create the "Lingi't Shkalneegí-Lingi't Tundata'ani: The Lifework of Nora and Richard Dauenhauer" archival resource guide. The archivist and research specialist will deliver lectures during the Sealaska Heritage Group annual Native American Heritage Month lecture series.
The Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation's "Piikuni sahkoyii nitsinikin: Piikani Land, Our Stories" project will digitize and make local oral history materials accessible online. This project will fill in gaps in the reservation's history, specifically the land and places on the reservation- a project that has not been done by outside researchers or other oral history projects in the past. The project will also create lifelong learners through monthly interview training workshops for community members and a special course where students will identify what oral history is in a cultural context, conduct an oral history interview, use oral history effectively within academic research, and gather and organize metadata. Students and community members can use Oral History Backpacks, which have all materials needed to complete oral history interviews, to contribute to the project. The archives will add an ADA compliant recording booth that can be used for the oral history project.
The San Carlos Apache Tribe, in partnership with San Carlos Apache College, will move its library to a better facility, expand its hours of operation, and add educational programming that meets community needs. The San Carlos Public Library will improve community perceptions of and access to its space and programs by leveraging the tribe's own recently chartered tribal college to make the library a hub for adult basic education and a resource for high school and college students residing in the community. The library will work with scholars of the Apache people to compile texts and college student resources that will attract new patrons to the library. The library also will expand its educational programming to provide resources from Head Start to technical and professional services.
The Catawba Nation's Modernization of the Catawba Archives will purchase and install high-density shelving units for more collection storage space. The Catawba Nation will also consult an archivist and use the knowledge gathered to write policies and procedures to ensure continued success and execution of organizational efforts. In addition, they will digitize endangered microfilm and microfiche collections. This project will make all invaluable collections within the Catawba Archives easier to access in person and digitally. It will also address the need for modernization and organization of the Catawba Archives and its collections.
Fort Sill Apache Tribe will make the recorded voices of the Apache prisoners of war seized by the Geronimo in 1886 accessible to tribal library users. These recordings address Chihene Apache experiences on the Warm Springs reservation (circa 1870-1878), in the Mexican Sierra Madres with the Nednai Apaches (1881-1883), after seizure as Apache prisoners of war (1886-1914), and throughout the 20th century post-imprisonment Oklahoma life and federal tribal recognition (1914-1970s). This project will ensure long-term preservation of accurate and unbiased Apache history that is not captured in books.
The Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians will build their first archival and collections infrastructure that is digitally accessible by Gun Lake Tribal citizens, and leverage existing Gun Lake Tribal events and activities to increase the tribal community's awareness and access to the archives and collections, including the database and related initiatives and programming. This project will support the Tribal Historic Preservation Office's ability to adequately record and store the tribe's digital and physical documents and cultural artifacts. The tribal community will have access to a digital database that will allow them to engage with historical photos, documents, and other records, and gain a better understanding not only of the history and culture of the tribe, but also their own personal histories.
The Santa Clara Pueblo Community Library will bridge community information and literacy challenges through increased staffing, connectivity, and expanded access to digital resources through an improved library web page and year-round reading programs. The library will collaborate with tribal schools, community programs, and community members to create, promote, and provide educational services and materials, with a special emphasis on the history of the Pueblo. In addition, the library will offer program development, classes, events, tools, and resource development. Community members can encourage each other to increase their literacy activities by using a mobile library designated in specific housing communities throughout the Pueblo, learn dialogic teaching approaches to increase literacy skills, and contribute to an archive reflecting the impact of the 2011 fire and flooding that devastated the Santa Clara Pueblo.
The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, in collaboration with the San Pasqual Education Department, will implement the "Preserving Our Kumeyaay Culture" project to preserve and revive the endangered Kumeyaay language and cultural histories for youth, families, and community. The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians will record and preserve 32 oral stories with tribal elders and knowledge keepers, archive and implement fundamental cultural and material resources to help increase language and cultural knowledge, and create digital traditional stories that focus on making language interesting and engaging for the youth.
The Igiugig Village seeks to preserve the highly endangered Yup'ik and Dena'ina languages by documenting cultural knowledge and providing access to language learning materials. This project will archive 40 elder recording sessions in Yup'ik and Dena'ina languages, create 20 dual-language learning modules based on the subsistence cultural calendar, and increase public access to the Alaska Native language resources across the Lake and Peninsula Borough for both adults and children. This project will provide local libraries and schools with access to cultural immersion resources that do not currently exist in Yup'ik and Dena'ina languages. It will also create a permanent language archive to preserve this unique cultural knowledge for generations to come.
The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit and Haida) will increase access to Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian language learning resources by refining available digital services and programs, increasing preservation of and access to digitally born and digitized learning resources, and providing tools and capacity for tribal citizens and community members to engage in language revitalization efforts. Tlingit and Haida will obtain necessary staff, training, guidance, and assessment for the development of a digital archive, conduct formal consultation with key stakeholders, draft policies for receiving and handling digital resources, and create a digital archive portal focusing on indigenous language resources.