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Native American Cultural Preservation Programs and More

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

Funding for Native American Language Preservation

Esther Martinez was a woman who dedicated her life to preserving the Tewa language. Like so many other Native American children in government boarding schools, she was punished for talking the way she did at home. Undefeated, as an adult she took on the roles of teacher, storyteller, and linguist who ensured the survival of Tewa cultural, including its spoken word. After her passing at age 93, Congress passed the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act that offers grants for language immersion and community language programs. Featured below are two opportunities for the preservation of Native American languages: the current round of funding for The Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance Esther Martinez Immersion program, as well as a private grant from the First Nation's Development Institute.

Grants to Expand Capacity in Adult Drug  and Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

When it comes to drug addiction, research indicates that incarceration is not an effective deterrent. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) cites statistics that hold that 95% of those released will experience relapses. Yet, that does not mean the legal system has no place in combating our collective drug problem. Quite the contrary, drug courts, which combine

Native American Housing Resources from the Red Feather Development Group

As we strive to illuminate how grants touch lives, today we bring you guest blogger Joe Seidenberg of the Red Feather Development Group, who shares how their Native Home Resource Network brings sustainable housing to reservation communities.

Tribal & Rural Transportation:  CTAA Short-Term Assistance

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) is a national professional membership association dedicated to making affordable, efficient transportation available to everyone. In support of that goal, it conducts research, provides technical assistance, education, and advocacy around transportation-related issues. It also administers short-term assistance programs for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for small scale transportation issues in tribal and rural areas.

The Skinny on the Full Budget

The full version of March's abbreviated or "skinny" federal budget proposal was released this past Tuesday. Historically, presidential budgets rarely get approved in their entirety.  It has become a Washington tradition to declare them dead on arrival, as it is ultimately up to Congress to determine federal spending. Still, given that the budget proposal reflects an administration's priorities, many people are interested in specifics because they can be an indication of future trends. Below is a list of articles that provide basic details on which programs have been slated for spending reductions and which have been marked for complete elimination.

Broadband for Rural Areas

Every day, 73 percent of us go online. The White House’s Broadband Opportunity Council now calls internet access a core utility, infrastructure as necessary as water, sewers, and electricity. Yet the digital divide between rural and urban areas still exists: 53 percent of rural Americans, some 22 million people, lack access to broadband. On Tribal lands, the statistics are 63 percent, or 2.5 million people.

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