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IMLS Awards Over $2.7 Million to Native American and Native Hawaiian Libraries For Enhancements to Library Services

by NationTalk on September 12, 2009408 Views

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2009

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal funds for the nation’s museums and libraries, announced today the 22 recipients of its Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (NANH) grants for 2009. The projects chosen for funding will receive a total of $1,028,035. Click here for a list of awarded institutions.“I applaud these institutions for their commitment to their work and to their communities,” said Anne-Imelda Radice, IMLS Director. “These grantees are doing important work to ensure that cultural heritage and knowledge is preserved and passed on to future generations.”

This year, the NANH grants will support public programs, professional development, and strengthen museum administration, and include:

■ The creation of two special tours incorporating the Cherokee language into existing living history programming in the historic village at the Cherokee Heritage Center by the Cherokee Nation.
■ The review and revision of current policies at the Tigua Indian Cultural Center and the development of a long-term strategic plan for the Center by The Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas.
■ The documentation of a collection of approximately 50,000 images – prints, slides, and negatives – to create an accessible photographic archive at the Alutiiq Museum, the Koniag Incorporated’s tribal museum.
■ The development of a comprehensive disaster and emergency preparedness plan for the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.
The next deadline for the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services program is April 1, 2010. Click here for more information.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

IMLS Press Contacts
202-653-4632
Jeannine Mjoseth, jmjoseth@imls.gov
Mamie Bittner, mbittner@imls.gov

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