Native Arts and Culture Preservation

Preserving Native Arts, Languages, And Cultures

American Indian communities face the risk of losing traditional arts, tribal languages, and cultural knowledge.

Strong Native communities are built on tribal languages, cultural knowledge, and traditional arts. With many communities facing the risk of loss of language, culture, and traditional arts, we provide grants and support for communities to restore, sustain, and pass on traditional knowledge.

Native Arts Programs

Learn more about our grant programs to preserve Native arts.

Native Arts Enrichment and Expansion
Active Program Dates: 2020-2023
The Native Arts Enrichment and Expansion program purposes to enrich, enhance, and expand traditional and contemporary Native arts knowledge and skills at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) and the communities that they serve.

Restoration and Preservation of Traditional Native Art Forms and Knowledge
Active Program Dates: 2013-2020
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.

Cultural Preservation Programs

Learn more about our grant programs to support Cultural Preservation.

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
Active Program Dates: 1997-Ongoing
The College Fund was awarded the Challenge Grant in 1993 by the National Endowment for the Humanities which led to the establishment of the NEH Cultural Preservation Endowment Program. The NEH Cultural Preservation Endowment supports cultural preservation and revitalization efforts at 24 of the 35 TCUs.
The Anheuser Busch Foundation Cultural Preservation Grant
Active Program Dates: 2014-2017
The Anheuser Busch Foundation Cultural Foundation Preservation Grant program was introduced in early 2014 and provides one-time annual awards to a selected tribal college or university (TCU) for the purpose of supporting cultural preservation.

Native Arts and Culture Blogs

Read important Program News from the team at College Fund.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Hosts Native Arts Workshops Based in Place

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Hosts Native Arts Workshops Based in Place

In the fall of 2017, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) hosted a series of traditional Native Arts workshops that relied heavily on the surrounding environment for source materials to help produce a woven cedar mat.  Using local resources and materials to create and revitalize traditional Native art forms is the essence of place-based education in the arts.

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Connecting, Learning and Growing: Native Arts Convening

Connecting, Learning and Growing: Native Arts Convening

The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) hosted a Native Arts convening in Seattle, Washington in September, 2018. Seven program Administrators of the Restoration and Preservation of Traditional Native Art Forms and Knowledge Grant participated in the Native Arts convening  from the College of Menominee Nation, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Leech Lake Tribal College, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, Sisseton Wahpeton College, Sitting Bull College and United Tribes Technical College.

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How to Help

Currently only 14.5% of American Indians hold college degrees. But with 42% of Native Americans being 24 years old or younger, you have the opportunity to make an incredible impact for this generation and generations to come when you donate today.