Funds were awarded for: computer technology, school readiness and social support, special instruction, preschool and kindergarten instruction, language, culture, arts, theater, dance, internships, and literacy programs, among other service areas.
“This year, the range of program applications was impressive,” stated Silas Whitman, Chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. “We were able to have an impact on core curriculum with our computer and science lab awards. We funded programs that will help area children perform at their grade level through kindergarten and preschool support. We also funded stellar creative arts programs such as the Mentor Artist’s Playwrights Project, which will bring high caliber writers to the classroom. ”
“This broad range of support will help young people prepare to enter the world stage with a sound fundamental education, along with a wealth of cultural experiences,” Whitman concluded. Since the fund was established in 2004, over 3.5 million dollars have been granted to area educational, social, and professional programs.
The Local Education Program Fund Awards are funded through revenue derived from gaming enterprises operated by the Nez Perce Tribe.
The grant program provides financial assistance to education programs and schools located on or near the Nez Perce Reservation with the ultimate goal of “improving the mind, speech, manner, capability, and character of skills of the human populace.”
Cavendish Teakean Elementary Cultural Field Trips: $1,000. This program takes children to places such as Spalding Museum, Fossil Bowl, WSU Art Museum, WSU Raptor Program, Pullman Science Center, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
Clearwater Memorial Public Library’s “A Book Under Every Pillow” Initiative: $1,000. Books will be given to children through the third grade level to encourage reading over Christmas break.
Lapwai and Orofino Upward Bound: $5,000. The program will help high school students in Lapwai and Orofino to enroll and be successful in dual enrollment college courses.
Lewis Clark Early Childhood Education Program: $10,000. This award will help to complete a building and facilities project to benefit Head Start preschool students.
Orofino Junior High School: $10,000. Funds will be used to update science lab equipment, purchase art supplies, and buy reading material.
Tribal Fisheries Intern: $5,000. Tribal Fisheries high school and college interns work with production project leaders and key staff to learn fish culture, fish health and fisheries sciences. Interns are employed at Dworshak/Kooskia National Fish Hatcheries, Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery, and numerous satellite facilities. The program goal is to impart the technical and professional experience needed to succeed in college.
Youth Career Education Institute: $10,000. The Youth Career Education Institute will offer a variety of programming activities to address career preparedness for 20 youth who reside and attend public schools on or near the Nez Perce Reservation.