Cultural Resource Fund

Strengthening Tribal Cultures and Historic Sites

CRF Stories

The Cultural Resource Fund (CRF) supports Tribal and State cultural and historic preservation projects for eligible grantees. The CRF was created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and seven Class I freight railroads involved in the construction of Positive Train Control (PTC) poles. The MICA Group was selected to manage and administer the CRF, to be distributed in three phases of funding. Since the CRF was initially funded in 2015, MICA has awarded and distributed 366 grants totaling almost $6.5 million to 235 Tribes and SHPOs. For additional background information on the CRF, click here.

For more information on Phase 3 funding opportunities, click here.

Please Join Us for the Phase 3

Site Gathering

RESPECTING PLACE

Protecting Our Places logo

December 12-15, 2017
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

Early Registration is $295 before October 15 / $395 after October 15.

Special Lodging rate of $93/night + tax until November 20.

Presentations and hands-on workshops on the latest cultural resource information tools.

Confirmed presenters and topics:

  • Getty Conservation Institute/Arches Project
  • Google Earth Presentation and Hands-on Demonstrations
  • ESRI Presentation and Hands-on Demonstrations
  • QGIS Presentation and Hands-on Demonstrations
  • Free and Open Source Software Presentations
  • DIY Drone Technology
  • Ground Penetrating Radar Presentation
  • Tribal Panels: What’s Working in the Field
  • Distribution and Discussion of the CRF Phase 3 Cultural Site Grant Applications

For event Registration click here.

Download Invitation here.

CRF News

PHASE 2 GRANT DEADLINES EXTENDED!

The deadline for expending Phase 2 grant funds and completing close-out reports has been extended until December 31, 2017. Grant reporting templates will be emailed to our contact list by early November. Not sure you are on our email contact list or want to be added? Let Erin know at  culture@micagroup.org.


PHASE 1 GRANT CLOSE OUT

Phase 1 close-out forms were sent to our email contact list in May, 2017. If your Tribe or SHPO has experienced personnel changes since the Phase 1 grants were awarded in 2015, please let Erin know at culture@micagroup.org. Mona and Erin are telephoning each Tribe and SHPO to update our contact list, but we need your help. Judging from the 150 reports we have received so far, the impact of your projects is remarkable! The high quality and success of your projects proves that Tribes know best what their communities need and how to go about it.

Check out the CRF Stories to share the joy, impact, surprises, and leveraging that you have achieved with your CRF Phase 1 grants. As one THPO stated, “It’s amazing what small grants can do.”


PHASE 3 GRANT APPLICATIONS

Phase 3 site grant applications will be emailed to our contact list, posted on the CRF website, and distributed at the Respecting Place gathering in December 2017. Applications will be due April 1, 2018, and grants will be awarded in May 2018.

Phase 3 language grant applications will be available in Spring 2018.


What Tribes and SHPOs are saying about the CRF

“The CRF nurtured our language project at a critical time in its formation. The increased visual and audible presence of our traditional language has made a positive impact on our community. The status of our Tribe’s language has been moved from a “dormant” to a “reawakening” language!”

“There is no doubt that the Cultural Resource Fund grant, which we gratefully received early in our fundraising efforts, supported the acquisition of an additional 200+ funders during the entire museum expansion process. The Cultural Resource Fund grant was also used for matching gift fulfillment with two very large foundations.”

“Through providing handicapped accessibility for our kiva, the project has allowed our seniors and disabled to participate in their traditional activities; they were not able to access the Kiva prior to this project.”

“Phase 1 inspired a continuation into Phase 2, and we hope to complete our project with a Phase 3 grant. Our original Phase 1 objectives have turned into a passionate vision of developing a traditional cultural area that preserves and reflects our Tribe’s past, supports future development, nurtures our commitment to protecting land, water, air, and most importantly, our identity and sovereignty.”

“The Phase 1 grant created the beginning steps to establish a sense of revitalization for our Tribe. We know we live in a day and age when if you don’t fight for your significance, you will become lost. We have let so much time pass by without truly teaching and speaking the culture. I had many tribal members stop by to visit [our] museum [project], some who were curious and others who wanted to volunteer. The grant helped prove to tribal council that the community wants, and needs, a cultural museum. I even had someone point at me and say, “hey, there is the museum girl.” I also got voted onto the tribal council!”

Cultural Resource Fund Stories

Phase 2 Grants

The CRF Advisory Board is very happy to announce that 87 Tribes and SHPOs received a total of $3.48 million in Phase 2 funding. Following is an alphabetical listing with brief summaries of the funded projects.

Ak Chin Indian Community
Ak-Chin Language Survey

This project will develop a language survey, the results of which will be entered into a language database. Community members will conduct the survey. The results of the survey will identify levels of language fluency. The survey results will be presented to the community. The data collected will be used to inform the development of language classes that will be held in the Tribe’s new Cultural Center.

Blackfeet Tribe  
Emergence of the Blackfeet Cultural Landscape: A Survey of Early Sites

The Blackfeet Tribe will study ancient Blackfeet sites. The Tribe believes history has mischaracterized the length of time their ancestors have been in Montana. Co-­‐investigation will be with University of Arizona archaeologists with whom Tribe has worked for many years. The findings are expected to make a significant contribution to archaeological research and will be published with full support of the Tribe.

Burns Paiute Tribe
Preserving Our Wadatika Yaduan (Wadatika Language) for the People

This language preservation project will capture the verbal pronunciations of thousands of Northern Paiute words and phrases as spoken by the Wadatika Band of Northern Paiutes. Fluent Paiute Speakers within the community will be paired with Language Research Technicians trained in digital recording technology. The digital language recordings will be used in a wide variety of software applications including a Wadatika Yaduan “app” that will be available for language learning activities.

Caddo Nation   
Caddo Nation Heritage Archives, Library, and Museum Management Plan: Cataloguing, Inventorying and Documentation

The Caddo Nation’s archives are deteriorating and have been neglected for years. This proposal will recreate some cultural materials, safeguard others and allow for future expansion of the archives, library, and museum collections. New computers, hard drives, software, and a security system will be purchased. Electronic copies of documents will be created to preserve the collection and make it accessible for future generations.

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