Administration For Native Americans Announces New Grant Awards for 2019

Published November 6, 2018

WASHINGTON  — The Administration for Native Americans, a major funder of tribal governance and infrastructure, recently announced their grant awards for 2019. The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association is sharing awards for tourism and tourism-related projects:

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

The Creating Akwesasne Tourism Industry Businesses & Jobs project is focused on creating a vibrant Akwesasne community cultural tourism industry, with effective tourism organizations and marketing, highly skilled managers, business owners and workers, and increased tourism employment for our community members through new tourism and expanded businesses.

  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 – 9/29/2021
  • FY 2017 Award: $399,800

Chickaloon Native Village 

The Chickaloon Native Village project goal is to address the immediate need to provide Ahtna cultural restoration and preservation by developing an Ahtna Cultural Resource Library. The project will also enhance cultural sustainability and economic growth through development of cultural tourism, cultural tourism networks and a business plan for tourism infrastructure development. By the end of year three, they will have completed an Ahtna Cultural Education Book and will have offered at least thirty Ahtna cultural education events in the community; developed an Ahtna Cultural Resource Library; provided ten(10) cultural tourism trainings; provided summer-season Ahtna cultural presentations and tours by three Cultural Interpretive Guides; developed five partnerships, including Memorandums of Agreement with tourism industry organizations to strengthen their Ahtna cultural tourism program.

  • Project Period: 9/30/2015 – 9/29/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $400,000

Waipa Foundation 

The Huliamahi Project brings together 3 program activities to develop a self-sustaining, native driven economic and cultural ecosystem that leverages community resources, needs and opportunities to strengthen cultural identity, increase cultural practice, build other life skills/ entrepreneurial competencies, and provide more meaningful work opportunities to native Hawaiians within the communities of Kaua’i’s north shore. There will be cultural and business education for local natives, they will also offer a cultural experience for tourist to hike, eat, and learn about the culture.

  • Project Period: 9/30/2015 – 9/29/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $122,409

Native American Samoan Advisory Council

The purpose of this project is to equip 30 Native American Samoans with knowledge & skills (in traditional culture & business) that prepares them for successful ecotourism business ownership; involves them in the Territory’s economic development and the preservation of Samoan culture & environment; and launches a community-driven ecotourism industry. This will result in creating five new native-owned ecotourism businesses and expanding one existing native-owned ecotourism business.

  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 – 9/29/2019
  • FY 2017 Award: $365,416

Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce

Developing infrastructure, including workforce training for individuals, to assist Native entrepreneurs to develop and expand hospitality and tourism businesses on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

  • Project Period: 9/30/2013 – 9/29/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $375,016

Muscogee Nation of Florida 

The Muscogee Nation Micro Farm and Land Development Project is a 3-year project to create an economic infrastructure for the Tribal Government of Muscogee Nation of Florida. Nine acres of property will be developed as an Agri-tourism business that contains a heritage site Tribal Council House dating back to 1880, and an ecotourism Micro Farm with a learning path, greenhouses and aqua farming. The project will create a 2800 feet walkway that circles the Tribe’s cypress pond, crosses the utilized property and is guided by educational signs that identifies indigenous trees and plants, along with their traditional uses by Muscogee (Creek) people that live in the Northwest Florida Coastal Area.

  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 – 9/29/2019
  • FY 2017 Award: $231,752

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

During this 4-year project, the Tribe’s Paleontology Department will launch and market the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Institute of Natural History, including a gift shop that features the work of Tribal artists and increased number of field assistants at paleontology digs on the Reservation. This will result in 18 new jobs (5.4 FTEs) and the creation of one new business by the end of the project period.

  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 – 9/29/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $240,846

Pueblo of Pojoaque

The Pueblo of Pojoaque would like to create sustainable employment and to develop complementary enterprises. They will offer training and mentorship opportunities to staff at their tribal cultural museum. In addition they will offer training to local artist to enhance their ability to market products and increase revenues. Lastly they will develop 5 additional cultural enterprises including Eco tours, Native Artists craft markets and showcases, and an expanded gift shop to support developing artists, and increase tribal revenues.

  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 – 9/29/2019
  • FY 2017 Award: $294,711

Hydaburg Cooperative Association 

The goal of this project is to create a diversified economy that is based upon the Haida cultural strengths, which will help to provide increased economic security for individual Tribal members and the Tribe. The Village of Hydaburg is lacking a diversified and sustainable economy where its strengths are built upon their Haida cultural traditions. High rates of poverty and low income impact the people in the Village of Hydaburg whom suffer from lack of local employment opportunities, and this project will directly enhance the lives and the community of the Tribe.

  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 – 9/29/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $155,025

The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

This project aims to increase economic opportunities for tribal landowners through the establishment of 52 acres of vineyards. The tribe has an opportunity to purchase grapes locally with developments underway for the Seminole Nation Vineyard and Winery. This project will create 36 self-employed tribal grape growers, and will generate a projected minimum of $144,000 of revenues per year (all to be retained in the community) once the crops are fully producing.

  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 – 9/29/2019
  • FY 2017 Award: $414,285

Indian Township Passamaquoddy Development Agency

The goal of the Indian Township Passamaquoddy Development Agency project is to increase the production, marketing and distribution of their locally harvested maple syrup. The Value-Added Processing (VAP) is an initiative lead by Indian Township and in partnership with the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point. This will focus on production of maple syrup for wholesale distribution. Value-Added Processing (VAP), the focus of this project, will add bottling, candies, creams, and other value-added products for retail/wholesale distribution to the product mix. Processing bulk syrup and bottling it in small containers can yield up to $120 per gallon, more than three times that of wholesale bulk syrup sales.

  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 – 9/29/2021
  • FY 2017 Award: $400,000

Farm to Table-Guam Corp.

Preserving Native Chamorro food traditions while promoting long-term economic sustainability through diversifying business and agricultural practices.

  • Project Period: 9/30/2013 – 9/29/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $399,965

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