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Tribe receives National Leadership Grant for Libraries
2/13/2020 12:16:00 PM - Public Relations

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DATE: February 13, 2020

CONTACT: Frank Cloutier, Public Relations Director /C


The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is pleased to announce the award of $238,420.00 dollars

from the Institute of Museum and Library Services {IMLS)-FY19 National Leadership Grants for

Libraries. Anne Heidemann, Tribal Librarian stated "We are delighted to have been awarded

this prestigious grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services. This project will give

the community the opportunity to determine what system of organization best reflects

Anishinaabe ways of being, and to be leaders in efforts across Turtle Island to decolonize and

lndigenize library services. We are so excited to see what happens".

This grant will address the question: How can tribal libraries use traditional ways of knowing

and being to break free of the colonialist epistemology of existing library organizational systems

that reinforce a damaging worldview? As part of the dominant power structure, libraries carry

symbolic weight, even for those who do not use them. In order to benefit from and use a

library, one must feel comfortable and know the protocols.

This project aligns directly to the IMLS agency-level goal to build capacity by making the Tribal

Libraries a community catalyst to improve the well-being of the community. The projected

outcomes of this project are that community members are more invested in the libraries,

libraries, library materials are easier to find, the systems are easier to learn and navigate, the

libraries are used more and are known as trusted, respectful source for quality resources, and

community members are satisfied with the system of organization.

Please contact Frank Cloutier, Public Relations Director at {989) 775-4076 or at for further information on the announcement.