Cultural Resource Fund

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CRF Stories


Press Release: MICA Partners with the Endangered Language Fund to publish Language Study Review

For Immediate Release: Language Study Review Finds “Language as Treatment” Produces Positive Health Outcomes Among Indigenous People; Funds, resources, and further research are needed to optimize healthy outcomes from language use and revitalization. Please click here for the PDF Press Release.

For more information, contact Peggy Mainor, or Douglas Whalen,

MICA Hosts Montana/Wyoming Statewide Meeting on FCC’s Free Broadband Offer

MICA will host a Montana/Wyoming statewide meeting for the eight Montana and two Wyoming tribes to learn more about the FCC free broadband offer. The meeting will be held February 4 and 5, 2020. For more information, contact Peggy Mainor, or Virgil Edwards .

FCC Offers Free 2.5 Ghz Broadband Licenses to Tribal Nations

MICA Group was asked by the FCC to assist them in letting Tribal Nations know about a limited time offer for tribes to to obtain free licenses for 2.5 GHz broadband over their tribal lands. The tribal window will open on February 3 and close on August 3. After August 3, the licenses will be auctioned to the highest bidder.
Here is the letter to NCAI announcing the offer from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
Here is the NCAI’s response to FCC Chairman Pai’s letter.

For more information, see

MICA Announces Fiscal Sponsorship Program for Native Programs

MICA provides our fiscally sponsored projects with 501(c)(3) charitable status and offers financial administration and oversight to a limited number of outstanding Native organizations, so that Indian Country’s change leaders can focus their time and energy on bringing their visions to life.

The Cultural Resource Fund (CRF) is a $10 million grant fund that supports Tribal language, cultural, and site protection projects for eligible grantees. The MICA Group was selected to manage and administer the CRF. Since its initial funding in 2015, MICA has awarded and distributed over 500 grants totaling $9.4 million to 203 Tribes and 41 States. The CRF has leveraged over $15 million in additional funding for grantees.

CRF Phase 4

NEXT STEPS IN LANGUAGE REVITALIZATION Program Brings Language Consultants to Tribes

Created in response to Tribal requests at the CRF’s 2016 Pathways to Fluency Conference, Next Steps is a fast-developing national program that provides tribes with individualized consultations with leading national language experts. Tribes requested the assistance of the language visionaries to provide guidance in rapidly and sustainably moving their language programs to the next level. Jacob Manatowa-Bailey and Leslie Harper coordinate the program. Participating tribes meet, free of charge, with national language experts for an on-site strategic planning consultation. The tribes receive a written language revitalization plan and one year of follow-up support. Tribes completing the strategic planning process receive incentive grants of up to $10,000. For more information contact:
Peggy at
Jacob at
Leslie at


MICA Group’s Protecting Our Places program, in partnership with the National Tribal Geographic Information Support Center (Tribal GIS), matches tribes interested in protecting sacred and cultural places through geo-mapping with tribes that have significant geo-mapping expertise. This new project has already matched eight tribes with experienced tribal mentors. For more information, email:
Peggy Mainor at
or Garet Couch at .


Phase 1 closeout forms were sent to our email contact list in May 2017, and were due July 31, 2017. If your Tribe or SHPO has experienced personnel changes since the Phase 1 grants were awarded in 2015, please let Erin know at . Judging from the final reports we received, 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 2 closeout forms were sent to our email contact list in November 2017, and were due December 31, 2017. If your Tribe or SHPO has experienced personnel changes since the Phase 2 grants were awarded in May 2016, or if you need an extension, please let Erin know as soon as possible at .


Phase 3 Protecting Our Places site protection grants were awarded in May 2018. Closeout forms were emailed to our contact list in March 2019 and were due August 31, 2019. Please make sure Erin () has your updated email address.

Phase 3 Pathways on a Language Landscape language revitalization grants were awarded in August 2018. Closeout forms were emailed to our contact list in July 2019, and are due November 30, 2019. Please let Erin know immediately at  if you need an extension.

CRF News


MICA/CRF was honored to bring together a panel of inspirational and visionary Native women activists to discuss the importance of protecting cultural places at the 2019 conference in Denver, Colorado. Moderated by MICA/CRF Executive Director Peggy Mainor; panel members Mona Polacca (Havasupai and Hopi/Tewa), MICA consultant and Executive Director of the International Council of 13 indigenous Grandmothers; Bonney Hartley (Mohican), Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans; and Ada Deer (Menominee), former Assistant Secretary of Interior and the first Native woman to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs, presented to a standing-room-only audience of ardent preservationists.

Take Action Protect Our Land

This powerful 10-minute film generated tremendous buzz and a rush to the stage after the presentation.,

Making a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice

Panelist Ada Deer gave a keynoted address at Trust/Live with moving and inspirational stories from her new book.

Lone Star EMMY awarded to documentary
KOO_HOOT Kiwat: The Caddo Grass House

We are pleased to announce that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Lone Star Chapter, awarded the Texas Heritage Program/Special/Feature/Segment EMMY to Curtis Craven’s PBS documentary on the Caddo Grass House building, constructed with the Texas Historical Commission CRF Phase 1 grant by Caddo Nation elder Phil Cross and Caddo community volunteers.

View KOO_HOOT Kiwat: The Caddo Grass House


View the CRF report PROTECTING LANGUAGES, CULTURES, AND PLACES 2015-2018 document here!

Wells Fargo Awards MICA/CRF $200,000 Grant to Support Language Revitalization

We are pleased to announce that, on October 29, 2019, Wells Fargo awarded MICA/CRF a $200,000 grant to support our Pathways on a Language Landscape: Next Steps in Language Revitalization program. Next Steps offers tribes personalized on-site consultations with language visionaries, a written language action plan, and $10,000 grants to begin implementing their action plans.

Wells Fargo has released a policy on responsible finance and respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples. For more information, see



View VIDEOS below!

Protecting Our Places logo

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

Providing opportunities for communities to establish support systems that will protect their precious sacred and cultural places long into the future

The gathering proved to be extremely valuable and inspirational in supporting a wide range of efforts among tribal communities all over the country.

“The conference set up relationships with technical experts and other tribes that will continue to benefit our cultural preservation long after the conference.” -Conference Participant

Couldn’t make it to the gathering? View the gathering agenda and watch the presentation videos here:

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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