Tribal Resources

TRIBAL OPPORTUNITIES (See also Research Resources)

Many institutions and museums offer full and partial scholarships for tribal members, and/or free advice on issues related to education, preservation, and repatriation.  Besides the resources listed below, contact the institution you are interested in–it may have unpublished scholarships, grants, or opportunities for tribal members.

American Indian and Alaska Native Health

American Indian and Alaska Native Health is a central source for information about the health and well-being of Native Americans and Alaska Natives.”

American Indian College Fund

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American Indian Library Association

The American Indian Library Association provides scholarships and an outstanding map and list of resources for individuals interested in Indigenous issues. The list of tribal resources can be found at resources/

American Library Association Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services

The American Library Association assists in building support for tribal libraries.,

American Indian Higher Education Consortium

“The American Indian Higher Education Consortium is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of directors composed of the presidents of the accredited United States-based Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), is the collective spirit and unifying voice of our nation’s 38 TCUs.”

American Philosophical Society, Center for Native American and Indigenous Research,

The Native American Scholars Initiative at the American Philosophical Society offers fellowships for university- and community-based scholars working on digital projects that connect archives and Indigenous communities.  See ,, or contact Alyssa Mt. Pleasant at

Association on American Indian Affairs

The Association on American Indian Affairs assists tribal cultural revitalization across a range of areas, including scholarships and partial tuition to summer camps for young people.

Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research at the School for Advanced Research, Sante Fe

The Indian Arts Research Center offers three artists in residence scholarships and two nine-month paid internships annually to advance the work of Native artists and museum professionals.  See, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Sante Fe, New Mexico,, phone 505-954- 7205.

Generation Indigenous

Gen I is a Native youth initiative started by President Obama “focused on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed.

History Leadership Institute Scholarship

American Association for State and Local History

Hopi Music Repatriation Project

Trevor Reed, Director,

Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research at the School for Advanced Research, Sante Fe

The Indian Arts Research Center offers three artists in residence scholarships and two nine-month paid internships annually to advance the work of Native artists and museum professionals.  See, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Sante Fe, New Mexico,, phone 505-954- 7205.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services supplies pre- application webinars to help learn about grant programs and applications, and numerous grants are available to tribal museums.  These grants include Native American/Native Hawaiian Museums Services, INSPIRE! Grants for Small Museums, Museums of America, Museums Empowered, and National Leadership Grants for Museums.  To connect with staff, contact Sandra Narva, Senior Program Officer, Office of Museum Services,, 202-653- 4634.

International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection

The IFCPP is a membership-based non-profit organization recognized as the global authority on cultural property protection, professional standards, training and certification.

Labriola National American Indian Data Center, Arizona Statue University

With an emphasis on language, government, education, tribal history, biography, religion and customs, the Labriola Center features thousands of books, journals, Native Nation newspapers and primary source materials, such as photographs, oral histories and manuscript collections.”

Little Free Libraries for Native Communities

Little Free Libraries provides assistance to tribal communities to promote literacy and community building.

Local Contexts

Local Contexts “is an initiative to support Native, First Nations, Aboriginal, and Indigenous communities in the management of their intellectual property and cultural heritage specifically within the digital environment.  Local Contexts provides legal, extra- legal, and educational strategies for navigating copyright law and the public domain status of this valuable cultural heritage.”,


Mukurtu “is an open source platform built with indigenous communities to manage and share digital cultural heritage.”

Native American Fellowship Program, Peabody Essex Museum program

National Congress of American Indians

“The National Congress of American Indians, founded in 1944, is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities.”

National Council of American Indians

For information about the protection of sacred sites and human rights, see culture/rel-freedom-and-sacred-places

National Indian Child Welfare Act

The National Indian Child Welfare Act is dedicated to the well- being of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families.

National Indian Law Library

The National Indian Law Library provides resources related to federal Indian and tribal law.

National Lawyers Guild, Native American Law directory/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/profile&reset=1&force=1& gid=14&custom_13=Native+American+Rights&noheader=1

Native American Museums Studies Institute, U.C. Berkeley

The Native American Museums Studies Institute supplies tuition-only scholarships for intensive summer training related to tribal repatriation, conservation, and education.  See, or contact Christine Trost,, 510-643-7237.

Native American Scholars Initiative, Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, American Philosophical Society Library

The Native American Scholars Initiative provides fellowships in digital knowledge sharing, residential fellowships for scholars, and undergraduate internships., phone 215-440-3400

National Endowment for the Humanities,

The National Endowment for the Humanities,, provides a number of grants available to individuals and nations for the preservation, documentation and revitalization of Indigenous cultural history.  Draft proposals are encouraged and should be submitted at least six weeks before a deadline. Among the grant programs to which individuals may apply are:

~Humanities Collections and Reference Resources, and-reference-resources

~Sustaining Cultural Heritage Sites, heritage-collections

~Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions, grants-smaller-institutions

~Research and Development, research-and-development

~Preservation and Access Education and Training, education-and-training

~National Digital Newspaper Program, newspaper-program

~Documenting Endangered Languages (a partnership with the Natural Science Foundation), languages

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Resources

For tribal assistance with repatriation, contact https://www.nps.orgs/1335/contactus.htm.  Staff at museums can contact https://www.nps.orgs/1335/contactus.htm.  A good source for museums to reach out to tribal nations is and  University students concerned about repatriation can urge their institutions to adopt NAGPRA/repatriation policies like that at the University of Michigan: process/.  For information on grants to assist with NAGPRA, see, or email, or phone 202-354-2201, or write the National NAGPRA Program, 1201 Eye Street, 8th Floor—2253, NW, Washington, D.C., 20005. 

National Park Services Tribal Heritage Grants Program

The National Park Services provides grant money for certain aspects of locating and preserving cultural sites of federally enrolled tribes, documenting traditions and oral histories, and preservation property training.  See, National Park Service, phone 202-354-2020

National Preservation Institute

The National Preservation Institute provides scholarships for participants from federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, Native Hawaiian organizations, and museums.  These scholarships aid in educating those “involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage.”,

Phone 703-765-0100,

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ concepts of health and wellness

New Mexico Tribal Libraries Program

The New Mexico State Library’s Tribal Libraries Program (TLP) mission is to promote and support information access in tribal communities with emphasis on current technology and tribal library development.” services/tribal-libraries-program

Peabody Museum Native American Fellowship Program program

Project Naming

Project Naming enables Indigenous peoples to engage in the identification of photographs from Library and Archives Canada.” heritage/project-naming/Pages/introduction.aspx

Spirit Lines: Bringing Culture Home to-northern-communities/

Sustainable Heritage Network

The Sustainable Heritage Network (SHN) is an answer to the pressing need for comprehensive workshops, online tutorials, and web resources dedicated to the lifecycle of digital stewardship. The SHN is a collaborative project that complements the work of indigenous peoples globally to preserve, share, and manage cultural heritage and knowledge. The SHN, along with our Partners, organize and offer face-to-face workshops, produce educational resources, and link people and resources through our digital workbenches.”  See; contact the project director, Marla Montenegro, at

Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums Project

“The TLAM Project is an effort at SLIS, the iSchool at UW- Madison, to bring indigenous information to LIS education through coursework, service learning, continuing education, community building, networking, resource sharing, and long term partnerships with American Indian cultural institutions.”  .”

Tribal College Librarians Institute

“The Tribal College Librarians Institute is designed to provide continuing education, professional development and networking opportunities for tribal college librarians and librarians who have mandates to serve tribal college students.”

Trinidad Rancheria Library Saa-a-goch (Speak Yurok) Cultural Literacy Project

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center

“Contains bibliographic information and abstracts of health-related articles, reports, surveys, and other resource documents pertaining to the health and health care of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations” from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Department of Minority Health

The Department of Minority Health offers information on diseases and conditions affecting Native Americans and contact information.


The Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center

Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project

National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

The Marshall Islands/Burke Museum Project marshallese-community

The Sherman Indian Museum