The Administration for Native Americans wants to help Alaskan tribes thrive. The agency has funds to help tribes in six areas that include everything from language development to environmental issues, planning, and administrative help.
Larry Kairaiuak, with the Alaska Region Training and Technical Assistance Center, helps tribes with the application process, and does basic training and help with implementing the grants.
“Our trainings are free. The set of trainings that we do are project planning and development. The planning stages for the grants that are available," said Kairaiuak.
There is an upcoming deadline to apply for language funding grants that are non-competitive. That means that if tribes apply for a grant by the June 25 deadline, they will get the money to help keep their Indigenous languages alive.
“I really would like to see some tribes in the Y-K region have this opportunity,” said Kairaiuak. “For example, they could develop language instruction modules. They can record Elders. They can also use this money to transcribe and develop curriculum.”
To find out more about the funding opportunities available, go to the website ANAalaska.org, or call toll-free to 1-800-948-3158.