Established in 1974 through the Native American Programs Act (NAPA), the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) supports Native communities’ efforts to be self-determining, healthy, culturally and linguistically vibrant, and economically self-sufficient. ANA’s vision is that Native communities are thriving.

ANA’s mission promotes self-sufficiency for Native Americans by providing discretionary grant funding for community-based projects and training and technical assistance to eligible Tribes and Native organizations. ANA serves all Native Americans, including federally recognized Tribes, American Indian and Alaska Native organizations, Native Hawaiian organizations, and Native populations throughout the Pacific Basin (including American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

The major goals of ANA are to

  • Foster the development of stable, diversified local economies and economic activities that will provide jobs, promote economic well-being and reduce dependency on public funds and social services.
  • Support local access to, control of, and coordinate services and programs that safeguard the health and well-being of people and are essential to a thriving and self-sufficient community.
  • Increase the number of projects involving youth and intergenerational activities in Native American communities.

 

ANA Relationship with NLCC

 

Section 805 of the Native American Programs Act (NAPA) (42 USC 2991d) authorizes the Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to award grants for research, demonstration, or pilot projects conducted by public or private agencies which are designed to test or assist in the development of new approaches or methods that will aid in overcoming special problems or otherwise furthering the purposes of NAPA. Under this authority, ANA established the Native Languages Community Coordination (NLCC) Demonstration Project. In August 2016, ANA awarded 5-year cooperative agreements to support place-based projects that will address gaps in community language instruction from early childhood through post-secondary.

As described in the 2016 funding announcement, NLCC funds may support some or all of the following activities based on the approved funding application:

Community-wide planning and development of benchmarks and project evaluation metrics.

  • Community-wide planning and development of benchmarks and project evaluation metrics.
  • Developing and sustaining partnerships across educational institutions.
  • Assessing gaps in the curriculum, assessments, and professional development.
  • Aligning curriculum and developing curriculum for identified gaps, including the development of assessments that can be used in place of state-mandated standardized tests.
  • Working with federal, state, and/or local educational agencies to use alternative assessments and/or to obtain waivers for assessments that are not linguistically and culturally appropriate.
  • Developing tribal and state-level policies that will support language coordination.
  • Developing alternative or modified credentialing/licensure for teachers to meet institutional requirements where necessary.
  • Obtaining approval of alternative licensures with federal and state educational agencies.
  • Fostering and sustaining community-wide involvement and support, including tribal leadership and administration (for example, tribal education department, local libraries, and cultural institutions).
  • Planning, developing and coordinating professional development for teachers and other language instructors and support staff.

Five applicants were chosen to receive cooperative agreements for the NLCC demonstration project in the fiscal year 2016.

ANA NLCC Implementation Team

The ANA NLCC Implementation Team supports and provides training and technical assistance to the recipients on post-award management, Community Readiness Model, and commencing the project objectives under the cooperative agreements. Additionally, the ANA NLCC Implementation Team coordinated and facilitated three recipient face-to-face meetings to encourage peer-to-peer networking among the recipients.

Carmelia “Mia” Strickland, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Director of the Division of Program Operations

Carmelia “Mia” Strickland

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Director of the Division of Program Operations

As a member of the ANA senior leadership team, Mia oversees the NLCC project as a whole to ensure that the recipients receive the support needed to successfully complete their cooperative agreements. Additionally, she participates in the monthly cohort calls, monthly team calls, and semi-annual meetings with the recipients. She co-authored the original NLCC funding opportunity announcement and has provided leadership and direction to the NLCC team since its inception in 2016.


Rosia Curry, Samoan, Program Specialist, Division of Program Operations

Rosia Curry

Samoan, Program Specialist, Division of Program Operations

Rosia provides support to the Cherokee Nation via phone calls, emails, and virtual platforms on queries about ANA processes and reports. Rosia participates as needed with the T/TA Director and Language Evaluator from the NLCC T/TA Center on the monthly coaching calls and the annual site visit with Cherokee Nation. Additionally, she participates in the monthly cohort calls, monthly team calls, and semi-annual meetings with the recipients. Rosia has served on the NLCC team since it started in 2016.


Jill Kane, Program Specialist, Division of Program Operations

Jill Kane

Program Specialist, Division of Program Operations

Jill provides support to the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak and Kiowa Language and Culture Program via phone calls, emails, and virtual platforms on queries about ANA processes and reports. Jill participates as needed with the T/TA Director and Language Evaluator from the NLCC T/TA Center on the monthly coaching calls and the annual site visit with Sun’aq and Kiowa. Additionally, she participates in the monthly cohort calls, monthly team calls, and semi-annual meetings with the recipients. Jill has served on the NLCC team since May 2019.


Brandon “Kota” Harley

Piscataway Conoy, Program Specialist, Division of Program Operations

Kota is the latest addition to the ANA NLCC Implementation team. He provides support to the Yurok Tribe and Aaniiih Nakoda College via phone calls, emails, and virtual platforms on queries about ANA processes and reports. Kota participates as needed with the T/TA Director and Language Evaluator from the NLCC T/TA Center on the monthly coaching calls and annual site visits with the Yurok Tribe and Aaniiih Nakoda College. Additionally, he participates in the monthly cohort calls and semi-annual meetings with the recipients.


Brent Huggins, Cherokee Nation, Program and Management Analyst, Division of Program Evaluation and Planning

Brent Huggins

Cherokee Nation, Program and Management Analyst, Division of Program Evaluation and Planning

Brent assists the communities in developing benchmarks and metrics to measure/determine the impact that their NLCC projects will have on their communities. He provides support to all five recipients via phone calls, emails, and virtual platforms on queries about ANA evaluation processes and reports. Brent participates as needed with the T/TA Director and Language Evaluator from the NLCC T/TA Center on the monthly coaching calls for each NLCC cohort member. Additionally, he participates in the monthly cohort calls, monthly team calls, and semi-annual meetings with the recipients.  Brent has served on the NLCC team since it started in 2016.