Daines Announces $348,357 for Library Services for Seven Montana Tribes

BOZEMAN, Mont. —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $348,357 in funding for seven Montana tribes to support their existing library operation and to maintain core library services. 

“This funding will ensure that tribal libraries are up-to-date and properly serve Indian Country,” Daines stated. “The Native American Library Services Grant is important to improving libraries in Montana’s native communities.”

The Native American Library Services Basic Grant is distributed in equal amounts among eligible applicants. The funds were provided to following tribes throught the Native American Library Services.             

The Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Chippewa Cree Tribe, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Crow Tribe of Indians, Fort Belknap Community Council, Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and Northern Cheyenne Tribe each was awarded $7,000 in funding.

Additionally, the Fort Belknap Community Council and Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes both received over $149,000 in Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants that support projects that enhance existing library services or implement new ones.

Below is more information on the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants:

Institution: Fort Belknap Community Council

Award Amount: $149,830

Project Title: Promoting Lifelong Learning on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation through Engaging Library Outreach Programs

Project Description: The Fort Belknap Indian Community Council's Aaniiih Nakoda College Library (ANCL) will promote lifelong learning among residents of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation through outreach programs that address topics of identified community interest and feat. 

Institution: Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes

Award Amount: $149,527

Project Title: Technology and Digitization Project

Project Description: The James E. Shanley Tribal Library at Fort Peck Community College, which performs the functions of academic library, tribal library and community library for Fort Peck Community College (FPCC), the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, and the Poplar community.