Focus on Native Americans





Fall 2010                                                    

no. 10-02





Native American libraries receive $1.4 million in grants

In June 2010, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $1,495,000 in grants to 218 Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations across the United States as part of the Native American Services Basic Grant program. These grants help libraries strengthen their core services for the benefit of the tribal communities and villages they serve. For details see



National Museum of the American Indian offers audio tours

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C., is now providing audio walking tours of its landscapes and architecture. The tours are designed as “immersive audio experiences” according to Daniel Davis, NMAI senior media producer. Individuals may download the tours and listen to them on site or enjoy them over the Internet. Go to, select visitor information, select NMAI in Washington, DC, then select Architecture and Landscape.


Health information

Information on health characteristics of Native Americans from 2004 to 2008 can be found in Health characteristics of the American Indian or Alaska Native adult population: United States, 2004–2008, report  no. 20 in the National Health Statistics series. This twenty-four page document published in 2010 is available free upon request from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3311 Toledo Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782. (DHHS publication no. PHS 2010-1250).