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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Native American Language Preservation & Maintenance Program

Deadline: June 25, 2021

Within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) serves all Native Americans, including federally recognized tribes, American Indian and Alaska Native organizations, Native Hawaiian organizations, and Native populations throughout the Pacific Basin (including American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). ANA promotes social and economic self-sufficiency for Native American communities.

The purpose of the Native American Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M) program is to assist Native Americans to ensure the survival and vitality of Native American languages. ANA supports locally determined projects that achieve community goals through specific, measurable outcomes. In an effort to perpetuate language preservation efforts for Native communities, if appropriate, P&M projects should identify opportunities for the replication or modification of such projects for use by other Native Americans, and include a plan for the preservation of the products of the Native American language project for the benefit of future generations of Native Americans and other interested persons.

Examples of P&M projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Native American Language Restoration Programs: educational programs that provide instruction in at least one Native American language for the community served, provide teacher training programs for the teachers of Native American languages, develop instructional materials for such language restoration programs, and work toward the goal of increasing fluency and proficiency in at least one Native American language.
  • The establishment and support of a community Native American language project to bring older and younger Native Americans together to facilitate and encourage the transfer of Native American language skills from one generation to another.
  • The establishment of a project to train Native Americans to teach a Native American language to others or to enable them to serve as interpreters or translators of such language.
  • The development, printing, and dissemination of materials to be used for the teaching and enhancement of a Native American language.
    The establishment or support of a project to train Native Americans to produce or participate in a television or radio program to be broadcast in a Native American language.
  • The compilation, transcription, and analysis of oral testimony to record and preserve a Native American language.
  • The development of language learning apps and other uses of technology to preserve the language.

ANA reserves the right to prioritize funding to community-based Native American organizations serving their local communities and populations. Applications from non-local, national, and regional organizations that propose projects to serve multiple communities, or to be performed in a different geographic location, must clearly demonstrate that the need for the project was originated by each community being served, and that the community and/or tribal government supports the proposed project.

Amount: $4,000,000 is available for 16 awards ranging from $100,000-$300,000 annually, for up to three years.

Eligibility:

  • Federally-recognized Indian tribes, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA);
  • Incorporated non-federally recognized tribes;
  • Incorporated State-recognized Indian tribes;
  • Consortia of Indian tribes;
  • Incorporated non-profit multi-purpose community-based Indian organizations (including Urban Indian Organizations as defined by 25 U.S.C. § 1603(29));
  • Urban Indian Centers;
  • Native Community Development Financial Institutions (Native CDFIs);
  • Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and/or non-profit village consortia;
  • Non-profit Native organizations in Alaska with village-specific projects;
  • Incorporated non-profit Alaska Native multipurpose, community-based organizations;
  • Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village-specific projects;
  • Non-profit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as recognized by the BIA;
  • Public and non-profit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians;
  • National or regional incorporated, non-profit, Native American organizations with Native American, community-specific objectives;
  • Public and non-profit private agencies serving Native peoples from Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands;
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities, and colleges and universities located in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands that serve Native American Pacific Islanders.

Link: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2021-ACF-ANA-NL-1924

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