The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced grants totaling $5,561,835 recently through three programs designed to support and improve library services of Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian organizations.
IMLS awarded the Wyandotte Nation $136,552 to address community needs based on results from a three-year strategic plan involving tribal leadership and the rural, tribal community. The project will create a literacy station to provide early, digital, and other literacies to youth and their families; the formation of a LEGO club to conduct science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and mathematics lessons; and family event nights with culture and native craft lessons to advance cultural and civic engagement. The project will enhance cultural awareness through the discovery of Wyandotte culture, heritage and crafts, increase interest in Wyandotte language, and build youth confidence in a range of subject areas.
“IMLS is proud to support the activities of libraries and cultural centers in First Nations and Tribal communities,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “Our Native American and Native Hawaiian grants for literacy, language preservation, community curating, programming, and information support signal the importance of learning in the precious heritage of Native communities.”
Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants assist Native American Tribes in improving core library services for their communities. Enhancement Grants are only awarded to applicants that have applied for a Native American Library Services Basic Grant in the same fiscal year.