Native Culture and Language Preservation

The Anheuser Busch Foundation Cultural Preservation Grant

The Anheuser Busch Foundation Cultural Foundation Preservation Grant program was introduced in early 2014 and provides one-time annual wards to a selected tribal college or university (TCU) for the purpose of supporting cultural preservation. The award is intended to help the selected TCU accomplish a previously unsupported strategy toward preserving cultural practices, language, arts, or any activity deemed to be of cultural nature by the TCU and the community it serves. Since the start of the Anheuser Busch Foundation Cultural Preservation Grant, two TCUs have been awarded $30,000 each for cultural preservation projects.

Anheuser Busch Cultural Preservation Grant Projects Include:

Tohono O’odham Community College

Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC), located in Sells, Arizona, constructed three large wathos (gathering and teaching spaces) on the campus. In addition, TOCC constructed an educational path connecting the wathos to teach about native plants.

Little Priest Tribal College

Little Priest Tribal College was selected as the recipient of the 2014-15 awards. Little Priest Tribal College is implementing the Elder Brother, Younger Brother: A Native American Leadership Program for Young Men. Little Priest Tribal College’s focus will be on inter-generational discourse and relationship-building between older Winnebago/Ho Chunk Native American men and young Winnebago/Ho Chunk Native American men (young men and 10 to 15 elder mentors will be participants). This program will also increase the role of language and culture in identity, leadership and academic development of Winnebago/Ho Chunk Native American young men.

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

Project details to be announced soon.