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Funds to help tribal archive projects

The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe will receive $145,733 for its digital conversions and online museum project.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services gave $2,219,312 in Native American Library Services Enhancement grants to 17 Native American tribal communities and Alaska Native villages.

The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe plans to convert both tribally and privately owned archival materials with cultural content to digital format for preservation. The project is modeled on the earlier IMLS-funded Olympic Peninsula Online Community Museum at http://content.lib.washington.edu/cmpweb/index.html.

Staff will identify privately held materials and obtain permission to digitize and include them in the new tribal archive that will be indexed, cataloged and made accessible with a user's guide for tribal households, libraries, school districts and academic institutions.

"The history of our people will be preserved for generations to come if we take this opportunity to preserve written, pictorial and audio recordings of our history into digital format," said Liz Mueller, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Council vice chairman.

"To make a difference in the lives of their patrons, libraries must continually improve the breadth of their services and the skills of their employees," said Anne-Imelda Radice, director of IMLS.

"These awardees have accepted this challenge and will no doubt continue to be important places for education, interaction and innovation in their communities."

The other grantee from Washington was the Makah Tribe, which received $149,999 for the "We Are All Family" project, which will enhance access to family genealogy and ancestral history information for Makah community members.

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