$1.6 Million Grant Will Support Digitization of Native American Oral Histories
The newly announced funding will help universities make decades-old interviews widely available
February 12, 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a disproportionate toll on Native American communities and, in particular, the Indigenous elders who often act as keepers of historical knowledge.
To help keep these stories alive, reports Susan Montoya Bryan for the Associated Press (AP), the New York–based Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is providing more than $1.6 million in grants to digitize and share oral histories collected decades ago.
"We thought now more than ever is it not only important to update and upgrade this collection but also to give it the national visibility that it deserves and then encourage more young people to contribute their stories to keep it moving over the several decades," Lola Adedokun, the foundation's program director for child-wellbeing tells the AP.