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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Contact: Tara Wall
(202) 401-9215

Grants Announced To Promote Self-Sufficiency,
Strengthen Alaska Native Heritage and Culture

WASHINGTON , D.C. ---The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), today announced the award of $2.6 million in grants to 16 tribal organizations in Alaska to promote economic self-sufficiency and preserve Native languages and culture.  The announcement coincided with site visits in Alaska by Quanah Crossland Stamps, Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans (ANA).

“These grant awards promote the Bush Administration’s goal of community self-sufficiency for Native Americans by providing funding for unique projects that make a difference in the lives of our Native children, youth, and families,” Commissioner Stamps said.  “Through these grants, we are committed to providing project support at the community level, which will provide resources and programs that safeguard the health and economic well-being of Alaska Native people.”

Commissioner Stamps visited four Native communities, in Sitka, Hoonah, Juneau and Haines, to view first-hand ongoing ANA projects and meet with village leaders. In addition, the commissioner led a training and technical assistance meeting in Seldovia on how to ensure the grants will promote social and economic self-sufficiency for Native Americans.

Currently, ANA has grant projects in Alaska totaling $4.36 million for social and economic development strategies, Native language preservation and maintenance and environmental regulatory enhancement.  Today’s awards of $2.6 million bring the total ANA funding amount for Alaska Native projects to $7 million.

The grants announced today in Alaska are as follows:

Alaska Social and Economic Development Strategies Grants

Social and Economic Development Strategies Grants

 Native Language Preservation and Maintenance Grants

Native American Healthy Marriage Initiative Grant

Environmental Mitigation Grant


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