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Wisconsin: Woodland Indian Arts Program
May 17, 2024

Wisconsin: Woodland Indian Arts Program

The Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) continually works to build mutually beneficial relationships with the First Nations of Wisconsin and the diverse rural and urban Indigenous populations across the state. WAB is unique among state arts agencies in that a state statute guarantees annual arts related grant funds to Native communities, funded by a portion of…

Utah: Native Arts Curriculum
May 15, 2024

Utah: Native Arts Curriculum

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M) has long prioritized both Native communities and arts education for both students and teachers. Relying on their well-established relationship with Brigham Young University (BYU), UA&M advocated for and financially supported the BYU ARTS Partnership as they launched the Native American Curriculum Initiative (NACI), to bridge this service…

North Dakota: Indigenous Artist Growth & Development Fellowship
May 15, 2024

North Dakota: Indigenous Artist Growth & Development Fellowship

Partnering with an organization that is both trusted and highly networked in the Native community can help to facilitate access to state resources. This strategy is exemplified by a partnership between the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) and Sacred Pipe Resource Center. A custom star quilt made by Eternal Bloom Blankets. Photo courtesy…

New Mexico: Bosque Redondo Memorial
May 15, 2024

New Mexico: Bosque Redondo Memorial

In the 1860s, Fort Sumner, New Mexico, was the center of a million-acre land parcel known as the Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation. During that era, the U.S. Army used scorched-earth policies to forcibly remove 10,000 Diné (Navajo) and Ndé (Mescalero Apache) people from their traditional homelands and confine them to this isolated outpost along the…

Minnesota: Tribal-State Relations Training Program
May 15, 2024

Minnesota: Tribal-State Relations Training Program

Many tribal leaders and liaisons that NASAA interviewed through the Strengthening State Arts Agency Relationships with Tribal Communities initiative emphasized the importance of training as an important action step for state government employees. The state of Minnesota has placed a strong emphasis on that strategy. Minnesota statutes acknowledge that “The state of Minnesota and Minnesota…

Kansas Arts Commission: Indigenous Arts Initiative
May 15, 2024

Kansas Arts Commission: Indigenous Arts Initiative

The Kansas Arts Commission (KAC) is dedicated to expanding its services and outreach to all constituents across Kansas. Recognizing that the state has historically underserved four federally recognized tribes in Kansas, KAC has worked to build long-term partnerships that are cognizant of and serve the needs of Native artists and communities. In addition, the agency…

Washington: Tribal Cultural Affairs Program
May 15, 2024

Washington: Tribal Cultural Affairs Program

Marvin Oliver, Quinault/Isleta, Reaching for the Stars, 1999. Reaching for the Stars uses traditional Northwest Coast designs and motifs. Oliver noted that the print was created to represent “the Raven in the colorful clouds bringing the moon and the stars up into the sky. Raven’s friend, the Eagle, is represented in the black circle surrounding…

Alaska: Native Arts and Culture Programs
May 15, 2024

Alaska: Native Arts and Culture Programs

Of the 574 federally recognized tribes in the United States, 228 share geography with Alaska. In the latest decennial census, 21.9% of Alaska’s population identified as American Indian or Alaska Native—the highest percentage of any state. Alaska’s Native peoples are comprised of 11 regional cultural groups and there is tremendous diversity within those regions, which…

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