Pacific Island Community

ANA has been supporting Native Hawaiians since the Native American Programs Act (NAPA) was passed by Congress in 1974, and a technical amendment to the definition of Native Pacific Islander in 1992 clarified that ANA could serve US territories in the Pacific, including populations indigenous to American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The majority of Pacific projects include the transference of traditional practices such as art, music, dance, and storytelling, in addition to farming.  ANA currently has 33 grantees located in the pacific including: American Samoa (2), Guam (4), Hawaii (23), and CNMI (4).

To ensure that ANA prioritizes the Pacific Islander Community, a summit was held in conjunction with the 2018 annual Grantee Meeting. The hope of this summit was to share success stories and continue a dialogue based on their unique geographic, demographic, and policy issues. Senior ANA and other Administration for Children and Families (ACF) leadership participated in the summit to listen and learn from these grantees and discussed opportunities for future collaborations and partnerships.