National Native Museum Training Program

The New Year brings great news for Native American museums. The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers has received a federal grant to expand its National Native Museum Training Program.

The grant was one of seven awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of its 21st Century Museum Professionals program.

NATHPO created the Native Museum Training Program to benefit tribal museums and the people they serve. The program is an outgrowth and response to the IMLS-funded study, Tribal Museums in America.

Tribal museums have the mission of preserving, perpetuating and revitalizing the cultural and historic heritage of Native peoples. The National Native Museum Training Program provides a variety of opportunities for established tribal museum directors and current and future tribal museum personnel. Northern States Conservation Center is aiding this initiative by providing three online courses in 2010 and three more in 2011.