Tribal Museums & Cultural Centers

National Native Museum Training Program

The National Native Museum Training Program (NNMTP) is an outgrowth and response to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) study that was published in 2003, “Tribal Museums in America.” The study found that most tribal museums were staffed by local tribal members who were dedicated to the continuation of their culture and history but who, for the most part, had not had the opportunity to participate in formal training in museum management and administration. Most tribal museums have small staffs and operating budgets, with few resources available for professional development. Goals of the NNMTP are to provide a variety of training and leadership opportunities specifically designed for tribal members, including current and future tribal museum personnel and other tribal government officials who support tribal museums. NATHPO received two federal grants from IMLS to implement its National Native Museum Training Program. The competitive grants were awarded as part of the IMLS 21st Century Museum Professionals program. The National Native Museum Training Program has provided a variety of opportunities for established tribal museum directors and current and future tribal museum personnel. In 2008 the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles, Calif., awarded NATHPO with a grant supporting the overall mission and goals of the NNMTP.
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NATHPO’s History of Working With Tribal Museums and Cultural Centers

2009 NATHPO Announces IMLS grant
2008 Tribal Museum Leadership Institute Brochure
2007 NATHPO Announces NEA grant
2006 NATHPO Announces IMLS grant
2006 National Meeting of Tribal Museums and Cultural Centers Meeting Packet
2006 National Meeting of Tribal Museums and Cultural Centers Meeting Agenda
Tribal Museum News Archives


LINKS

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Institue of Museum and Library Sciences

The Smithsonian Institution

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National Anthropological Archives

The National Anthropological Archives collects and preserves historical and contemporary anthropological materials that document the world’s cultures and the history of the discipline. Its collections represent the four fields of anthropology – ethnology, linguistics, archaeology, and physical anthropology – and include manuscripts, fieldnotes, correspondence, photographs, maps, sound recordings, film and video created by Smithsonian anthropologists and other preeminent scholars.
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National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian, established by Congress in 1989, is dedicated to the preservation, exhibition and study of the life and culture of Native Americans. It is one of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, an independent trust of the United States. The website offers information about exhibits, events, educational programs, repatriation and has extensive links to other resources related to Native Americans.
Click here for link to National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the Natural History

The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution and is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs. Opened in 1910, the green-domed museum on the National Mall was among the first Smithsonian building constructed exclusively to house the national collections and research facilities.
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Click here for link to repatriation at the Natural History museum

RESOURCES

“Tribal Museums in America (2003)”
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