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Native American Cultural Preservation Programs and More

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There are two grants related to cultural preservation with upcoming deadlines that may be of interest to Native American tribes. The first one, provided by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, is a multipurpose private grant that supports a variety of projects from historical preservation to social service programs. The second one, a federal grant from the National Park Service, is devoted exclusively to historical and cultural preservation.

The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund

Since its inception in 1999, the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund has distributed $11.3 million to Native American tribes across the country, as well as local governments and nonprofits near its home in the Pacific Northwest. It will provide assistance to maintain or expand current organizational funding in the following areas:

  • Alcohol and drug treatment
  • Arts
  • Cultural activities
  • Education
  • Environment and natural resource preservation
  • Gambling addiction
  • Health
  • Historical preservation
  • Housing
  • Prevention
  • Public safety
  • Other activities

Applying for the Program

Eligible applicants are nonprofits and local governments in the tribe's service area in Oregon and Washington and Native American entities throughout the United States whose project or event serves a population containing more than 50 percent Native Americans. (Refer to website for specific details.) There are 4 deadlines throughout the year, the next one being May 29, 2018.

The Tribal Heritage Grant Program

The Tribal Heritage Grant supports a wide variety of activities related to cultural and historical preservation including:

  • Finding and identifying cultural resources, such as surveying and inventorying historic or significant places, traditional skills, or other information.
  • Preserving a historic property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Comprehensive preservation planning.
  • Oral history and documenting cultural traditions.
  • Education and training for developing a historic preservation program.
  • Other projects related to cultural and historic preservation.

Selected Past Recipients

  • The Makah Cultural Center in Washington established a program to teach traditional craftsmanship to young people.
  • The Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma restored The Peoria Indian Schoolhouse to remind future generations of the hardships those who went before them endured. While once the school played a role in suppressing indigenous society, it now serves as a cultural center to insure that Peoria traditions will remain vibrant.

Applying for the Program

Eligible applicants are federally registered Native American tribes, Alaska native groups and Native Hawaiian organizations defined as eligible applicants under the Historic Preservation Act. The deadline is May 11, 2018.

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