American Indian communities are seeing barriers and a dramatic decline in the use and practice of their languages, traditional arts, and broader cultural knowledge. TCUs help to shift this trend by offering culture and language maintenance, revitalization, restoration, and preservation activities to the students and communities they serve. The American Indian College Fund was awarded a Challenge Grant in 1993 by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that led to the establishment of the NEH Cultural Preservation Program, which supports TCUs to carry out this important work within their communities.
The program is available to all 35 TCUs annually, and provides funding to administer Native culture and language preservation, perpetuation, and revitalization programming within their communities. Some projects include language camps, museum archival documentation, and the establishment of cultural centers on campus.