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Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Native Arts and Culture Councils: A two-year pilot project funded by the Ford Foundation - banner ID

The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) has selected six Native Communities to develop cultural plans and establish community-based Native Arts and Culture Councils (NACC). The selected Cohort Communities are: Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Tribal Historic Preservation, Livingston, Texas; Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Choctaw Cultural Center, Calera, Oklahoma; Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center, Tommah, Wisconsin; Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Báxoje Wosgaci: Ioway Tribal Museum and Culture Center, White Cloud, Kansas; Pamunkey Indian Tribe, Pamunkey Indian Museum & Cultural Center, King William, Virginia; and Pueblo of Acoma, Sky City Cultural Center & Haak'u Museum, Acoma, New Mexico.

With funding from the Ford Foundation, the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums and a National Advisory Committee will provide training, resources, mentorships from professional planning consultants, and funding to support the community building process. Resources and recorded training sessions will be added to an online toolkit and made freely available to other Native communities wishing to establish institutional support for arts and culture.

“The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums is grateful to the six Native communities for their support in exploring culturally appropriate paths to preserving and advancing the diverse cultural and artistic traditions that define Native Nations,” said Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums President Susan Feller. “We look forward to the leadership they will provide as we work to strengthen the arts and culture environment for all Native peoples." 

About the Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization with assets currently valued at $16 billion. For more than 85 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. 

Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums

The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) is an international association dedicated to preserving and advancing the language, history, culture, and lifeways of Indigenous peoples. Founded in 2010, Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums maintains a network of support for Indigenous cultural programs, provides professional development training, enables collaboration among tribal and non-tribal cultural institutions, and advocates for programs and funding to sustain the cultural sovereignty of Native Nations. To learn more, visit www.atalm.org

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