Restoration and Preservation
of Traditional Native Art Forms
and Knowledge

2013-2020

About The Program

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.

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Our Programs Blogs

Articles and success from the College Fund programs team.

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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Grantees

Thank you to our Grantees for supporting this program.

Candeska Cikana Community College

College of Menominee Nation

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

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.