ERIC Number: ED370739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-17
Reference Count: N/A
Including Alaska Natives in a Program for Native Culture and Arts Development. Report To Accompany S. 1059 from the Committee on Indian Affairs. Senate, 103d Congress, 1st Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
This report recommends a legislative amendment authorizing grants to support arts and culture development programs for Alaska Natives in the same manner as such programs are currently supported for Native Hawaiians. Missionaries and school teachers who arrived in Alaska in the late 19th and early 20th centuries attempted to impress their languages, customs, and values upon Alaska Natives and encouraged the abandonment of Native arts and cultures. While U.S. policy compelled the abandonment of indigenous languages and cultures well into the 20th century, Congress has in recent years authorized special programs to enable American Indians and Native Hawaiians to recover and sustain their arts and cultures. Due to the large distance between Hawaii and the mainland United States, Congress has enacted legislation to preserve and protect Hawaiian culture separate from legislation covering American Indian culture. Similarly, support for arts and culture development of Alaska's Eskimos, Aleuts, and Indians should be provided in Alaska. A possible beneficiary of the amendment may be the Alaska Native Heritage Park, a statewide Alaska Native cultural center in planning for almost 12 years. Includes the text of the proposed amendment to Section 1521 of the Higher Education Amendments of 1986 (the Program for Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Development) and a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office of approximately $2 million annually. (SV)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
Identifiers: Congress 103rd; Cultural Maintenance; Cultural Preservation