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Special Projects - Recipients

The GMR occasionally funds special projects that do not fall within the scope of our established awards programs. If you have a project that relates to the mission of NN/LM, but is not addressed by one of our awards or subcontracts, please contact us. The following were funded as Special Projects.

Option Year Three - May 2014 to April 2015


Recipient: Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, ND

  • Project Director: Mark Holman
  • Project Title: Standing Rock Garden Extension and Seed Saving Project    
  • Amount: $11,940
  • Start/End Date: May 01, 2014 - Oct. 31, 2014
  • Phone: 701-854-8024

Description: The Standing Rock Community Garden and Seed Saving Project seeks to expand gardening outreach and research by creating an additional garden on the Sitting Bull College Mobridge Campus in addition to expanding capability at the Fort Yates site. Our research garden will be entering its second season and will add these two hoop houses to our capabilities for research. The project also seeks to build capacity for the saving and preservation of local varieties of seeds. Sitting Bull College in conjunction with the White Earth Land Recovery Project, will be working to build seed saving knowledge and infrastructure on the Standing Rock Reservation.


Recipient: Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

  • Project Director: Mary Anne Hansen
  • Project Title: Health Information Outreach to Tribal College Librarians and the Communities they Serve
  • Amount: $7,353
  • Start/End Date: May 01, 2014 - July 31, 2014
  • Phone:406-994-2851

Description: Tribal College Librarians Institute (TCLI) Coordinators will use the community engagement funding to cover the travel expenses of tribal college librarians from the Greater Midwest Region to attend our 24th annual Tribal College Librarians Institute, a week-long professional development opportunity comprised of relevant educational and cultural programs.  Any remaining funds may be used to cover presenter travel.


Option Year One - May 2012 to April 2013


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Recipient: White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen, MN

  • Project Director: Holly Ristau
  • Project Title: Cultivating Community: Growing Healthier through Tradition, Education and Technology   
  • Amount: $16,500
  • Start/End Date: Nov. 01, 2012 - June 30, 2013
  • Phone: 218-935-0417, ext. 613

Description: The goals of this project were to raise awareness in our adult community about the causes and signs of suicide, to help our people use technology to find appropriate resources concerning suicide and its prevention and to offer a way to help our people heal from the trauma caused by suicide. There are many programs in our community schools to help students identify the signs of suicide, but there was little available to adults and parents concerned about their children.
Funds were included in this project for library materials. These valuable additions will have a lasting effect on written resources for our patrons. The discussions following the films in our series showing causes of suicide involved parents in role-playing to help them cope with some of the problems they were seeing in their teens, and dealing with suicide in an up-front manner. Probably the part of the project that is most visible that will have the greatest long-term impact is the creation of the Medicine or Healing garden. The extension program at our school was a partner in this project and vital to the construction of the garden.


Recipient: Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, ND

  • Project Director: Mark Holman
  • Project Title: Standing Rock Native Voices Implementation Project    
  • Amount: $16,500
  • Start/End Date: Nov. 01, 2012 - April 30, 2013
  • Phone: 701-854-8024

Description: The Sitting Bull College Native Voices Implementation Project grew out of the many voices included in the Native Voices Application and website. Many of the speakers echoed the importance of traditional foods and medicines as part of a healthy lifestyle. The overall lesson gained from each of these speakers was that we needed to create an infrastructure by which Sitting Bull College could serve as a catalyst for traditional food and medicinal knowledge, research and its dissemination. The overall goal of the project was to lay a foundation upon which future work on traditional medicinal and food plants could be done. Furthermore, two presentations on consecutive nights by Lakota elder and spiritual leader Rick Two Dogs featuring a telling of the Lakota Creation Story and a discussion of Lakota Star Knowledge will be held.


Recipient: American Indian Center, Inc., Chicago, IL

  • Project Director: Joseph Podlasek
  • Project Title: Storied Paths to Healthy Lifestyles    
  • Amount: $16,500
  • Start/End Date: Nov. 01, 2012 - June 30, 2013
  • Phone: 773-275-5871

Description: The problem to be addressed is the need for reliable and accessible communication and distribution of effective health resources for youth and families of Chicago’s Native American community. Health resources and projects will impact the health initiatives among low-income Native American youth, adults,seniors and families in Chicago's Uptown community area. This project will support to sustain its current health and wellness program, Storied Paths to Healthy Lifestyles (SPHL). SPHL stresses the urgency to offer comprehensible and available health resources to stop the cycles of unhealthy lifestyles, as well as diminish the incidence mental and behavioral disorders to Native American youth, adults, seniors and families in order to. This program aims to give a concrete possibility of healthy lifestyles to the Chicago Native Americans of the larger Uptown community.