Tribal Institutions and Organizations

Institutions and organizations serving and supporting tribal Nations are numerous. A sample, but not exhaustive, listing of regional and national initiatives and organizations includes the Alliance for California Traditional Arts; American Indian Library Association; American Indian Movement, 1968-1978; American Indian Policy Institute; American Indian Science and Engineering Society; Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance; Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals; National Congress of American Indians; National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center; Native American and Indigenous Studies Association; North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NaTIFS); New Mexico Tribal Libraries Program; Ojibwe People’s Dictionary; Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science; Sustainable Heritage Network; Tribal College Librarians Institute; Tribal Impact Program through Little Free Libraries for Native Communities; Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums Project; Trinidad Rancheria Library Saa-a-goch (Speak Yurok) Cultural Literacy Project; and University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center. Resources for Indigenous scholars include the: American Philosophical Society’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research; Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe; and Labriola National American Indian Data Center at Arizona State University.

Information on and assistance with repatriation in the U.S. is available through the Association on American Indian Affairs Repatriation Working Group, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Resources, and the Indigenous Repatriation Handbook. Protection of property is provided under NAGPRA, ARPA, 18 U.S.C. sections 1163, 2314-2315 and 68, and state and tribal laws. Legal assistance is available through the Advisory Council on Historic Preservations; Association on American Indian Affairs; National Lawyers Guild; National Indian Law Library; Native American Rights Fund, and mechanisms of the National Indian Child Welfare Act; as well as Local Contexts, an initiative to support Indigenous communities in managing their intellectual property and cultural heritage in the digital world, and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent, a resource providing knowledge for Indigenous people about industry and government negotiations. Individual colleges of law also provide useful legal guides: see, for example, the Native American Indian Law Research Guide at Marquette University, https://li

Grants and Fellowships

Many institutions and museums offer full and partial scholarships for tribal members, and/or free information on issues related to education, preservation, and repatriation. Ask or search for your school or institution online. Contact the American Indian College Fund, American Indian Graduate Center; American Indian Library Association; American Library Association Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services; American Indian Higher Education Consortium; American Philosophical Society (Center for Native American and Indigenous Research); Association on American Indian Affairs, Generation Indigenous; Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research at the School for Advanced Research, and/or the institution you are interested in, which may have unpublished scholarships, grants, or opportunities for tribal members. Fellowships for scholars and institutions are available at state and federal levels. See, for example, the American Philosophical Society Library; Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Humanities (search all grant opportunities, including the Digital Advancement Grant and Digital Native American Studies Project); Native American Museums Studies Institute at U.C. Berkeley; Native American Scholars Initiative at the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research; National Park Services Tribal Heritage Grants Program; the National Preservation Institute; and the Peabody Essex Museum Native American Fellowship Program.

Children's Resources

There are many educational resources available for children, although they are not centralized or comprehensive, and many contain generic information. Find out which tribal band or Nation once occupied the region where your school is located, and search for information on that Nation. For suggestions on teaching, see the Burke Museum, https:// For examples of resources, see the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress classroom materials; American Indians in Childrens’ Literature blogspot; Birchbark Books and Native Arts (bookstore carrying Native American books); California Indian History Curriculum; California Indian Storytellers’ Association; California Education and the Environment Initiative; First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education Association of Ontario; Indian Education for All (Montana); Indigenous Teacher Education Project at the University of Arizona; Mapping Indigenous L.A. teaching materials; Native Land teaching materials and phone app; lessons and resources from the National Museum of the American Indian (see Native Knowledge 360°); Native American Heritage Month materials; Native Voices Concepts of Health and Medicine Lesson Plans through the National Library of Medicine; Oneida Community Education Center; Oyate; Pirurvik Center for Inuit culture; Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America; Reclaiming Native Truth; Red Planet Books and Comics; Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty (Washington State); Spirit Lines: Bringing Culture Home (Manitoba Museum); Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture; The History Project at U.C. Irvine; We Shall Remain: Utah Indian Curriculum Project; Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (; and the Zinn Education Project: Teaching People’s History. Maps of tribal Nations in the United States for classrooms are available from Aaron Carapella at Tribal Nations Maps; maps for First Nations place names are available from Coming Home to Indigenous Place Names in Canada. Many museums offer virtual tours, including Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe’s House of Seven Generations.

For information on discussing Indigenous communities with respect, see Krol, Debra Utacia. “Covering Indigenous Communities with Respect and Sensitivity.” TheOpenNotebook (June 18, 2019). 18/covering-indigenous-communities-with-respect-and-sensitivity/?fbclid=IwAR3Llv bXU_giuYgN6mQoai5D3ScGk_N6SFpQTQcbht6kX93M6xoswOAPL6I.

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