American Rescue Plan Award Recipients

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding supports Tribes and Native organizations as they seek to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages. Native American communities, including federally and state-recognized Tribes, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, experienced disproportionately higher rates of virus infection and loss of life due to COVID-19. The ARP funding helps 210 indigenous communities preserve their indigenous languages.  

Please find more information regarding ANA's Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance supplemental grant award through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) on our press release here

Award Recipients Profile Highlights  


Name: CHamoru Language Commission

Project Title: A Sustainable Framework for Teaching and Learning CHamoru Nina’fitmen i Fina’nå’gue yan Ineyak i Fino’CHamoru

Language: CHamoru Language

Location: Guam

A Sustainable Framework for Teaching and Learning CHamoru Nina'fitmen i Fina'nå'gue yan Ineyak i Fino' CHamoru will create a sustainable framework for teaching and learning fluency and proficiency in CHamoru at home and at school. The CHamoru language is in tragic decline due to English-only American colonial practices implemented in the last century, scarce resources, limited coordination by educational institutions to address language loss comprehensively, the inconsistent implementation of legal mandates established to ensure CHamoru language continuity, and, finally, the loss of numerous first language CHamoru speakers due to COVID-19. Critically endangered, the CHamoru language, the last three U.S. Censuses conducted in Guam found that the use of CHamoru language shows continuous decline with fluent CHamoru speakers making up 26 % of the population of Guam in 1990 (34,598 CHamoru speakers, 133,152 total population) decreasing to 20% in 2000 (30,708 CHamoru speakers, 154,805 total population) to 16 % in 2010. By selecting four cohorts of 15 CHamoru teachers to become certified in immersion techniques and language arts pedagogy, having 60 families of students enrolled at the Chief Hurao Academy, the GDOE Immersion Program and CHamoru after-school programs, and supplying all, or approximately 150, CHamoru language teachers with standardized, age-appropriate and performance based curriculum guides, this project will enable a system of resources and guides to facilitate teaching and learning CHamoru in school and at home. Ultimately, the project seeks to build capacity, engage the language with an intergenerational approach, and develop a sustainable curriculum to transform classroom practice.

Name: Nondalton Village

Project Title: Nondalton Village Language Preservation Project

Language: Dena'ina, language

Location: Nondalton Village. Alaska

The Nondalton Village Language Preservation Project will preserve their native, Dena'ina, language by recording and transcribing elder’s stories and making the content available to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages during and after the public health emergency, COVID-19. Nondalton Village is located near Lake Iliamna, 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. Nondalton is a remote and isolated traditional community accessible only by air and water. Currently, there are only an estimated seven elders left speaking the language fluently and few, if any, emerging speakers. No current language learning resources are available for use within the community except the Denaina dictionary by James Kari and talking to elders who are fluent. By hiring a Language Coordinator, recording and transcribing our language and stories with youth and elders, and developing an app, the project will develop resources and documentation (recordings and transcriptions) of the Dena'ina language through elder or intergenerational engagement. Though the project targets Nondalton Village Tribal Members, it will engage elders by enlisting them for language instruction, storytelling in the language, and speaker recordings. Ultimately, the project seeks to bring youth and elders together to record and transcribe stories making the language accessible.

Name: Bishop Indian Tribal Council

Project Title: Outreach and Education Program - Creating a Stronger Voice with Our Native Language

Language: Paiute and Shoshone language

Location: Bishop California

The Bishop Paiute Tribe will increase local use of the Paiute and Shoshone languages and develop a new language outreach and preservation plan through programs at the Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center. Although the Cultural Center has been a communal space for gathering, honoring, and promoting the Paiute and Shoshone cultures, recent losses of more than 40 cultural bearers and 15 Paiute and Shoshone speakers during the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the Center’s need for language preservation initiatives. The Cultural Center will therefore add a space for digital language learning resources and archives and hire a Language Advocate who will develop a long-term Language Plan grounded in community research. These efforts will engage tribal community members of all ages with the Paiute and Shoshone languages and promote public outreach and partnerships with the general public. This project will lay the foundation for long-term language preservation and promotion programs which will continue to meet the needs and interests of the community while ensuring the survival of the tribal languages.

Name: The Poospatuck Cultural Foundation, Inc.

Project Title: Unkechaug/Algonquian Language Revitalization Project

Language: Unkechaug/Algonquian Language

Location: Long Island, New York

The Algonquian Language Revitalization Project will strengthen native language education programming for the Unkechaug Nation, a New York state-recognized Indian tribe who have designated the Poospatuck Cultural Foundation to implement it on their behalf.  A UNESCO-designated critically endangered language, knowledge of Unkechaug remains highly limited in the Nation, with most remaining fluent speakers residing in Wisconsin and Canada. Travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and technological limitations have strained communication between these fluent speakers and language learners in the Nation, which has emphasized the need for accessible local educational materials. The project will combat this issue by developing a flexible multiuse curriculum for teaching Unkechaug in the classroom and at home along with training 11 new local language instructors over a three-year period. This effort will increase and improve learning opportunities for both youth and adults and will be a significant contribution to the Cultural Foundation’s larger goal of helping all Nation members attain conversational proficiency in Unkechaug.

List of Award Recipients

Ak-Chin Indian Community Gila River Indian Community Native Village Of Buckland Rincon Band Of Luiseño Indians
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe Of Texas Grand Portage Reservation Tribal Council Native Village Of Kluti-Kaah Sac & Fox Tribe Of The Mississippi In Iowa
Aleut Community Of St Paul Island Tribal Government Grand Traverse Band Of Ottawa And Chippewa Indians Native Village Of Kotzebue Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Allakaket Tribal Council Healy Lake Traditional Council Native Village Of Kwinhagak Salish Kootenai College - Nursing Dept.
American Samoa Community College Ho-Chunk Nation Native Village Of Napaimute Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Educational SE
Arctic Slope Community Foundation, Inc. Hoopa Valley Tribal Council Native Village Of Port Heiden San Carlos Apache Tribe
Aroostook Micmac Council Hopi Tribe Native Village Of Port Lions Santa Ana Pueblo
Bad River Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Houlton Band Of Maliseet Indians Navajo Nation Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi Yokut Tribe
Barona Band Of Mission Indians Hualapai Tribe Nebraska Indian Community College Santo Domingo Tribe- Kewa Health Outreach Program
Bishop Indian Tribal Council Igiugig Village Nez Perce Tribe Sault Ste. Marie Tribe Of Chippewa Indians
Blackfeet Community College Iipay Nation Of Santa Ysabel Nome Eskimo Community Scotts Valley Band Of Pomo Indians
Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Council Indian Community Of Paiute Indians Of Fort Independence  Nondalton Village Seminole Nation Of Oklahoma
Bundled Arrows, Inc. Indian Township Passamaquoddy Tribe Nooksack Indian Tribe Seneca Nation Of Indians
Catawba Indian Nation Ione Band Of Miwok Indians Northern Arapaho Tribe Shingle Springs Rancheria
Central Council Tlingit And Haida Indian Tribes Of Alaska Jicarilla Apache Nation Northern Cheyenne Tribe Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
CHamoru Language Commission Kaibab Band Of Paiute Indians Northfork Rnchria Mono Indians Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate
Cheesh'Na Tribe Kalispel Tribe Of Indians Northway Village Sitka Tribe Of Alaska
Cherokee Nation Karuk Tribe Nottawaseppi Huron Band Of The Potawatomi Skull Valley Band Of Goshute Indians
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes Kawerak, Inc. Nulato Tribal Council Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Chickahominy Indian Tribe Kenaitze Indian Tribe Nunakauyarmiut Tribe Spirit Lake Tribe
Chickahominy Indian Tribe - Eastern Division Keres Children'S Learning Center Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Spokane Tribe Of Indians
Chickaloon Native Village Klamath Tribes  The Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Council St Croix Chippewa Indians Of Wisconsin
Chickasaw Nation Koi Nation Of Northern California  Ok Kialegee Tribal Town Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Chilkoot Indian Association La Jolla Band Of Luiseno Indians Oklahoma Shawnee Tribe Summit Lake Paiute Tribe
Chippewa Cree Tribe Of The Rocky Boy Reservation La Posta Band Of Mission Indians Omaha Tribe Of Nebraska Sun'Aq Tribe Of Kodiak
Choctaw Nation Of Oklahoma Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College Oneida Indian Nation Suquamish Indian Tribe Of The Port Madison Reservation
Chuathbaluk Traditional Council Lac Du Flambeau Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Oneida Nation Thlopthlocco Tribal Town
Chugachmiut Lac Vieux Desert Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Orutsararmiut Traditional Native Council Three Affiliated Tribes
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Learning Point Alaska, Inc. Osage Nation Tohono O'Odham Community College
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System Leech Lake Reservation Business Committee, Inc. Otoe Missouria Tribe Tolowa Dee-Ni Nation
Coeur D'Alene Tribe Little Big Horn College Ottawa Tribe Of Oklahoma Tonkawa Tribe Of Indians Of Oklahoma
Colorado River Indian Tribes Little River Band Of Ottawa Indians Pala Band Of Mission Indians Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians
Comanche Nation Little Shell Chippewa Indian Tribe Of Montana Pauma Band Of Mission Indians Tulalip Tribes Of Washington
Confederated Tribes Of The Colville Reservation  Little Traverse Bay Bands Of Odawa Indians Pawnee Nation Of Oklahoma Tule River Indian Tribe Of The Tule River Reservaton
Confederated Tribes Of The Umatilla Indian Reservation Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Pechanga Band Of Luiseno Indian Tribe Tunica-Biloxi Tribe Of Louisiana
Confederated Tribes Of Warm Springs Reservation Of Oregon Lower Elwha Tribal Community Peoria Indian Tribe Of Oklahoma Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal Council.
Coushatta Tribe Of Louisiana Lower Sioux Community Council Picayune Rancheria Of The Chukchansi Indians Turtle Mountain Community College
Cowlitz Indian Tribe Lummi Pinoleville Pomo Nation United Houma Nation, Inc.
Coyote Valley Band Of Pomo Indians Machis Lower Creek Pokagon Band Of Potawatomi United Keetoowah Cherokee Council
Craig Community Association Makah Tribal Council Ponca Tribe Of Nebraska Village Of Kotlik
Delaware Nation Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Ponca Tribe Of Oklahoma Wabanaki Health And Wellness
Dot Lake Traditional Council Meherrin Indian Tribe Poospatuck Cultural Foundation, Inc. Walker River Paiute Tribe
Douglas Indian Association Menominee Indian Tribe Of Wisconsin Port Gamble S'Kallam Tribe Washoe Tribe Of Nevada & California
Dry Creek Rancheria Band Of Pomo Indians Mescalero Apache Tribe Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation White Earth Band Of Chippewa Indians
Eastern Band Of Cherokee Indians Mille Lacs Band Of Ojibwe Pueblo De San Ildefonso Wichita & Affiliated Tribes
Eastern Shawnee Tribe Of Oklahoma Mississippi Band Of Choctaw Indians Pueblo Of Jemez Winnebago Tribe
Eastern Shoshone Tribe Modoc Tribe Of Oklahoma Pueblo Of Taos Wiyot Tribe
Federated Indians Of Graton Rancheria Monacan Indian Nation Pueblo Of Zia Wrangell Cooperative Association
Fond Du Lac Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa Morongo Band Of Mission Indians Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Yakutat Tlingit Tribe
Forest County Potawatomi Community Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Quechan Indian Tribe Yavapai Apache Nation
Fort Belknap Community Economic Development Corporation Muscogee Creek Nation Quileute Tribe Of The Quileute Reservation Yurok Tribe
Ft McDowell Yavapai Nation Native American Advancement Foundation Red Cliff Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa Yuuciput Preservation