Grants to Native American tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations will go to support the preservation of language and culture.
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Native American Library Services
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.