Native Culture and Language Preservation

Restoration and Preservation of Traditional Native Art Forms and Knowledge

The American Indian College Fund has created a re-granting opportunity for Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) to enhance the capacity of traditional Native art forms and knowledge at participating TCUs in the upper-Midwest. The goal of this funding is to provide resources for colleges to develop and implement more formalized traditional Native arts academic and community outreach programming. As a result, cultural knowledge and skills of traditional Native art forms indigenous to the tribe or tribal region will be shared with students and tribal communities. In addition, TCUs will be able to increase the direct support of culture bearers and established artists who are knowledgeable and skilled in traditional Native arts forms. Furthermore, master artists can participate with TCU faculty professional development, curriculum development, academic programming, and in the planning of community outreach programs.


The Traditional Native Arts grant will focus on two areas:

1) Three-year grants will be awarded to four TCUs to strengthen and expand their existing Native Arts programming capacity. The goal of this funding is to provide resources for colleges to develop and implement a more formalized traditional Native arts academic and community outreach programming.

2) Quarterly grants will be awarded to TCUs to enhance the capacity of Traditional Native Arts forms and knowledge by the development of new academic classes and community extension Traditional Native Arts activities. TCUs will have the opportunity to apply for grant funding four times a year.

Minnesota

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Cloquet, MN (Quarterly Grant Grantee)

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has begun its participation with the Quarterly Grant program. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s pictography project will introduce participants to pictograph basics from historical samples to the surviving Winter Count Tradition. Participants will be taken through a series that will begin with the basic introduction of what a pictograph is and its historical and cultural significance to Native Americans. This course will be conducted from January to March 2015.


Leech Lake Tribal College,Cass Lake, MN (Three-Year Grant Grantee, Quarterly Grant Eligible)

LLTClogoLeech Lake Tribal College is part of the three-year grant cohort that has begun its second year of their three year grant. Leech Lake Tribal College’s will be concentrating on curriculum development and promoting a new certificate program through the Traditional Native Arts grant and it will enable the college to put the course work into place at a faster pace, and will provide a first step towards and art degree at Leech Lake Tribal College. In addition, Leech Lake Tribal College will be developing a master/apprentice program for endangered Native Art forms. Instructors for both credit-bearing and non-credit classes are all experts in their field.


White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen, MN (Quarterly Grant Eligible)

WETCClogoWhite Earth Tribal and Community College currently offers Native Art courses and Community Outreach programs that have an emphasis on Traditional Native Arts. Past programs have included Introduction to Black Ash Basket, Anishinaabe Arts, Black Velvet Beadwork, and Quill jewelry.

 

 


North Dakota

Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten, ND (Quarterly Grant Grantee)

Cankdeska Cikana Community College has hosted two Traditional Native Art workshops and a community art show since the start of the Traditional Native Arts grant in July 2014. Cankdeska Cikana Community College has a strong desire to strengthen their Dakota Studies program by expanding the Fine Arts curriculum to include more emphasis and expertise in preserving Traditional Native Arts.

 


 

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, New Town, ND (Quarterly Grant Grantee)

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College has hosted one Traditional Native Arts workshop since the beginning of the Traditional Native Arts grant in July 2014. Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College’s Native American Studies department will create new Traditional Native Arts academic courses and community extension activities based on Traditional Native Arts of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) people.

 


Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, ND (Quarterly Grant Grantee)

Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates, ND) has hosted two Traditional Native Arts workshops since the beginning of the Traditional Native Arts grant in July 2014. Sitting Bull College has facilitated projects that provide the opportunities to learn Traditional Native Art skills to all people on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

 

 


Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, ND (Three-Year Grant Grantee, Quarterly Grant Eligible)

Turtle Mountain Community College is part of the three-year grant cohort that has begun its second year of their three year grant. Turtle Mountain Community College will strengthen its offering of Traditional Native Arts though a combination of interlocking activities including: preserving Native Art Forms, increasing the number of Traditional Native Arts classes and providing additional opportunities for the larger community to participate.

 


United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, ND (Quarterly Grant Grantee)

United Tribes Technical College has hosted one Traditional Native Arts workshops since the beginning of the Traditional Native Arts grant in July 2014. United Tribes Technical College has used the opportunity to education participants through community extension activities. Tribal members from the community at large as well as current college students will be encouraged to attend the Traditional Native Arts workshops.


South Dakota

Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, SD (Three-Year Grant Grantee, Quarterly Grant Eligible)

Oglala Lakota College is part of the three-year grant cohort that has begun its second year of their three year grant. Oglala Lakota College will be strengthening capacity for Traditional Native Arts by focusing on ‘Tankia Na Teca Apagankte (Sharing Old and New).’ Oglala Lakota College will increase the quality of existing academic courses with more supplies and materials, artifacts and teaching materials. In addition, Oglala Lakota College will be bringing in more traditional artists for their summer series and incorporate Traditional Native Arts in their instructional centers mini-workshops.


Sinte Gleska University, Mission, SD (Three-Year Grant Grantee, Quarterly Grant Eligible)

Sinte Gleska University is part of the three-year grant cohort that has begun its second year of their three year grant. Sinte Gleska University will use the Traditional Native Arts grant to build upon their Traditional Lakota Arts program by enhancing cultural knowledge of a traditional art from by focusing teaching and learning on the use of bison products in creating traditional art. In addition, Sinte Gleska University will create a curriculum that certifies master artists that focus on using bison products and by-products in their art.

 


Sisseton Wahpeton College, Sisseton, SD (Quarterly Grant Grantee)

Sisseton Wahpeton College (Sisseton, SD) has hosted three Traditional Dakota Arts workshops since the beginning of the Traditional Native Arts grant in July 2014. Sisseton Wahpeton College has begun the process of implementing a Traditional Dakota Arts Workshop series open to students and the community. The workshops in traditional Dakota art forms will enhance intergenerational transference of Dakota artistic and cultural practices.

 


Wisconsin

College of Menominee, Keshena, WI (Nation Quarterly Grant Grantee)

College of Menominee Nation has hosted two Traditional Native Arts workshops since the beginning of the Traditional Native Arts grant in July 2014. The College of Menominee Nation will create new Traditional Native Arts community extension community activities through the recruitment of traditional Menominee community extension community activities through the recruitment of traditional Menominee artisans. Menominee artisans will provide experiential learning opportunities for Menominee community members.

 


Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Hayward, WI (Quarterly Grant Grantee)

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College has hosted two Traditional Native Arts workshops since the start of the Traditional Native Arts grant in July 2014. The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Extension Department seeks to enhance the capacity of traditional Ojibwe native art forms. Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College has formed relationships with Ojibwe artists to teach and carry on those traditions to the members of the five tribal communities the college serves.