American Rescue Plan Funding Supports Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Students: $186 Million in New Projects Announced

By Patrick Carr

Today, the U.S. Department of Education awarded 68 new grants totaling $185,511,391 million through the Alaska Native Education (ANE) and Native Hawaiian Education (NHE) programs. ANE grants were made to Alaska Native Organizations and entities located in Alaska that are governed predominately by Alaska Natives and support innovative projects that recognize and address the unique educational needs of Alaska Native children and adults. Similarly, NHE grants were made to Native Hawaiian educational organizations; Native Hawaiian community-based organizations; and public and private nonprofit organizations, agencies, and institutions with experience in developing or operating Native Hawaiian programs or programs of instruction in the Native Hawaiian language address a significant need to assist Native Hawaiians and to supplement and expand educational programs. The American Rescue Plan made available an additional $170 million to support these programs.

Every student deserves access to rich, engaging educational opportunities and welcoming, affirming environments for learning. Thanks to substantial funding from the American Rescue Plan, more Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students will be able to engage in quality early learning, enrichment programs, and career preparation activities to prepare for meaningful employment. The grants we are announcing today also will help to support culturally responsive professional development for teachers of Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “These projects take a holistic approach to education by supporting increased connections among schools, students, families, and communities. I am heartened that these projects will advance wrap-around supports at this critical moment to ensure that Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian children have every opportunity to thrive.”

Grantees under these programs use their funds for such activities as the development of curricula and education programs that address the education needs of Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students, and the development and operation of student enrichment programs in science and mathematics. Eligible activities also include professional development for educators, activities carried out through Even Start programs and Head Start programs, family literacy services, and dropout prevention programs.

“I am pleased that so many Alaska Native tribes, organizations, and Alaska Native-led schools and non-profits have received Alaska Native Educational Equity Program (ANEP) grants this year. For years, I have been a strong supporter of this program and its funding because I recognize that Alaska’s Native educators and leaders are adept at providing culturally relevant supportive services that enable Alaska Native youth and adults to succeed academically, professionally, and personally,” said U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski. “These funds will address many needs throughout Alaska, including learning loss, intergenerational trauma, language preservation, and remote learning opportunities in ways that maximize Native ways of knowing and learning. I am grateful to the many Alaska Native educators and tribal leaders who are committed to advancing the success of Alaska Native youth through the many innovative projects these grants will fund.”

“This new federal funding will ensure that Native Hawaiian educational programs have the resources they need to support students in time for the upcoming school year,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. “As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, I will keep fighting for more resources for the Native Hawaiian community.”

More information about the ANE program can be found at: Additional information about the NHE program can be found at: Below are lists of new awards listed by grantee, project name, and award amount.

Alaska Native Education Awards (Total for three-year awards)

GranteeProject NameAward Amount
Alaska Native Heritage CenterIlakucaraq “Being Together”$3,388,315.00
Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal GovernmentDeconstructing the Digital Wall$1,497,140.00
Arctic Slope Community Foundation, Inc.Writing and Revising Interventions to Excel: Using Learning Maps and Interventions to Improve Written Communication$1,753,461.00
Arctic Slope Community Foundation, Inc.Project Learn: Academic & Cultural Enrichment for Alaska Native Youth$3,957,878.00
Bristol Bay School DistrictCultural Heritage Improves Learning and Development$3,042,153.00
Central Council of Tlingit & Haidia Indian Tribes of AlaskaREWARD (Remote Education With Achievement, Resiliency, and
Cook Inlet Tribal CouncilAlaska Student Fabricator Network$3,674,535.00
Cook Inlet Tribal CouncilStory Knife Program$3,640,423.00
Douglas Indian AssociationSharing Our Knowledge and Educational Pathways, Haa Tundáani Haa Yatx’i Toowú yéi kgwatée, Our Way of Thinking Will Be Our Children’s Spirits$4,420,707.00
Excel AlaskaEXCEL/Doyon Rural Success Program$4,196,794.00
Excel AlaskaEXCEL Alaska Programming$1,897,388.00
Fairbanks Native AssociationFNA TechConnect Project$1,819,918.00
Fairbanks Native AssociationCircles of Support Project$1,216,277.00
Igiugig VillageIliamna Communities Teaching Culture through Native Languages $2,143,276.00
Kawerak, Inc.Project REMOTE $3,855,152.00
Knik TribeYouth Education Service’s Benteh STEAM Academy $3,758,722.00
Learning Point AlaskaInnovative Technology in Science Inquiry for Yup’ik Students $1,936,614.00
Learning Point AlaskaNaaqi = To Read $1,605,532.00
Nunakauyak Traditional CouncilCalillgutekluta “Working Together” $2,153,198.00
Orutsaramuit Native CouncilAccelerated Learning for Indigenous Students $4,369,182.00
Project Grad Kenai PeninsulaProject GRAD Kenai Peninsula $1,892,468.00
Sealaska Heritage InstituteSharing our Stories: Voices on the Land $5,219,807.00
Sealaska Heritage InstituteRaven Writes: Culturally Responsive Writing Instruction $6,709,966.00
Sealaska Heritage InstituteOur Box of Treasures: Deepening the Connections $6,010,446.00
Sealaska Heritage InstituteOpening the Box of Traditional
Ecological Knowledge: STEAM Pathways for High School Students
Sealaska Heritage InstituteThe Haa Latseen Initiative – Culturally Responsive College and Career Readiness Programming in Southeast Alaska $3,042,211.00
Sealaska Heritage InstituteSealaska Heritage Arts Campus: Innovations in Alaska Native Arts Education $2,165,778.00
Southwest Region School DistrictTengesqaaq – Fledgling Taking Flight: Bristol Bay Career Awareness & Support $1,844,894.00
The Native Village of KongiganakYugtun Piciryaranek Qaneryaranek-llu Cuqyun, a Yugtun Proficiency
Yukon Koyukuk  School DistrictYKSD Start Strong II (SSII) for K-6 students $2,283,074.00
Yukon Koyukuk  School DistrictRising Up $1,480,036.00
Yukon Koyukuk  School DistrictTech Boost $2,209,825.00
Yukon Koyukuk  School DistrictCTE Interior Connect $2,516,382.00

Native Hawaiian Education Awards (Total for three-year awards)

GranteeProject NameAward Amount
Awaiaulu, Inc.Awaiaulu, Inc. Programming$2,246,802.00
Consortium For Hawai’i Ecological Engineering EducationKū ‘A‘ali‘i$3,491,851.00
Education, Hawaii State Department OfProject Kupu Ke Ohi: Nurturing Growth and Safety$2,849,998.00
Friends Of The FutureALOHA: Advanced Learning Opportunities = Hawaiian Achievement$2,826,936.00
Friends Of The FutureKOA: Knowledge, Opportunity, Achievement$2,848,850.00
HanonaHoʻokō Naʻauao$2,223,270.00
Ho’okako CorporationHawaiian Arts Integration Project$1,720,920.00
Hooulu-LahuiHoʻomōhala ʻIke Kumu ʻĪnana$1,353,782.00
Hui Malama O Ke Kai FoundationHui Mālama o ke Kai (HMK: “The Group That Stewards The Ocean)$1,089,342.00
Hui Mauli OlaHāinu Lāʻau$1,854,960.00
Hula Preservation SocietyKaiao: Elder Knowledge for Classrooms and Community$763,284.00
Institute For Native Pacific Education And Culture$1,044,941.00
Kai Loa, IncLama Kukui$1,158,935.00
Kamalani AcademyKamalani Academy Programming$2,027,755.00
Kanu O Ka ‘Aina Learning ‘OhanaProject Hō‘ola$4,152,604.00
Keiki O Ka ‘Aina Pre School IncKeiki O Ka Aina (KOKA) Family Learning Centers$6,935,749.00
KulaniakeaKūlaniākea Programming$1,909,893.00
Malama Loko Ea FoundationRestoring Ea$2,227,700.00
Maui Family Support Services, Inc.Ho’owaiwai Kaiāulu$2,670,216.00
Pacific American FoundationNALU (“Nature Activities for Learning and Understanding”) Studies Maui Nui Project$1,525,000.00
Papa Ola LokahiResilient Communities, Families and Schools$2,470,314.00
Partners In Development FoundationKeiki Assets Account – KAʻA$7,518,929.00
University Of Hawaii SystemsProject Hoʻokuʻi V: Kūlia i ka Nuʻu (strive to reach the summit)$2,419,688.00
University Of Hawaii SystemsProject Hōkūlani Hui$2,760,610.00
University Of Hawaii SystemsHawaiʻi Positive Engagement Project (H-PEP)$2,734,774.00
University Of Hawaii SystemsKākau mea nui 2.0 (Writing Matters)$2,646,937.00
University Of Hawaii SystemsPoʻi Nā NaluNative Hawaiian CTE & STEM Pathways Project$1,333,828.00
University Of Hawaii SystemsKūkulu ʻohana (“building the family”)$1,773,007.00
University Of Hawaii Systems‘Aha Lamaku ‘Oia ‘i ‘o Ho ‘oikaika A ‘e (ALO-HA)$1,282,451.00
University Of Hawaii SystemsNā Hokua Project (NHP)$2,757,033.00
University Of Hawaii SystemsHawaiʻi i ke Alo: Forward Facing Hawaiʻi$2,799,222.00
University Of Hawaii SystemsMAUŌ$1,825,236.00
University Of Hawaii SystemsKuhikuhina Kaulike$1,421,428.00
University Of Hawaii SystemsHe Paepae Aloha: A Foundation of Caring$2,829,926.00
University Of Hawaii SystemsHilinehu: Educational Leadership Advancement (HELA)$1,281,238.00