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Bush Foundation Supports Indigenous Cultures with $75,000 Scholarship Fund

Minneapolis, MN -- People engaged in sustaining and advancing indigenous culture from across the region will have an opportunity to receive scholarships to attend the 2018 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums presented by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museum (ATALM). The conference will be held at the Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota (outside Minneapolis) from October 8-11, 2018.

The Bush Foundation is providing up to $75,000 in scholarship funding for eligible applicants from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota or the 23 Native Nations that share the same geography. Scholarships will include registration for pre-conference workshops, travel and lodging. Pre-conference workshops take place on Tuesday, October 9 and conference sessions are scheduled Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11. More information and the application for the scholarships can be found on ATALM’s website - Applications must be received by June 21, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.

These scholarships are intended for staff members of a tribal archive, library, museum, historic preservation office, and/or language program, those that work with indigenous collections in a non-tribal cultural institution, currently enrolled students in a museum, library, or archival-related education program, or culture bearers in a tribal community who are actively involved in the preservation of traditional knowledge, practices, and/or culture.

The conference features over 100 workshops, cultural site tours, and conference sessions that are specific to the needs of Native cultures. As the only conference of its type, it attracts more than 700 participants from throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

With the theme of “For Our People: Past, Present, and Future”, this year’s conference honors notable Minnesota Natives for their work to preserve and advance indigenous cultures. Honorees include activist Clyde Bellecourt on the 50th anniversary of the American Indian Movement, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman Charlie Vig for his support of culture and other tribal communities, and Dr. Anton Treuer, an internationally renowned expert on cultural and language preservation and author of 13 books including Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask.

The Bush Foundation is investing in great ideas and the people who power them. They encourage individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.

ATALM is an international non-profit organization that maintains a network of support for indigenous programs, provides culturally relevant programming and services, encourages collaboration among tribal and non-tribal cultural institutions, and articulates contemporary issues related to developing and sustaining the cultural sovereignty of Native Nations.

For more information, contact Susan Feller at 405-401-8293 or


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