Installation of Window Film to Protect Cultural Items on the White Earth Reservation for Generations to Come

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
White Earth Reservation (Tribal Council)
Recipient Type
Tribal Government
Start Date
June 2018
End Date
June 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Details

To improve lighting conditions in the museum by installing UV window film.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
MN Laws 2017 Chapter 91, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 4 Historical Grants and Programs
Appropriation Language

$4,500,000 the first year and $6,500,000 the second year are for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional, or other historical or cultural organizations or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grant process. The Minnesota Historical Society must administer these funds using established grant mechanisms, with assistance from the advisory committee created under Laws 2009, chapter 172, article 4, section 2, subdivision 4, paragraph (b), item (ii).

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Available upon request.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Madico UV Guard Window Film that was installed filters out 99% of the UV light (in the range of 300 to 385 nanometers) while still allowing visible light into the space.

Short Term Expected Measurable Impact:
The short term expected impact is that cultural items will immediately be available for display and view by the community members. (Achieved).

Short Term Progress Indicator:
A short term indicator that we will have been successful will be that we will be able to monitor an increase in the number of individuals coming to these locations to view the cultural items. (Achieved).

Intermediate Term Expected Measurable Outcome:
An intermediate expected impact will be that community members who do come to view these items (after the UV window film is installed) will be more comfortable in the viewing space due to the temperature controlling benefits of the UV window film. (In Progress).

One thing that did happen was that when community members realized we were taking steps to protect the items with UV film several members of the community approached with the offers to display items made/held by members of their family. This was new as the current THPO had not been approached previously with such offers.

Intermediate Progress Indicator:
Those individuals who come to the space to view cultural items will indicate that they stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer when in these display areas. (Still in-progress as we are still securing funds to treat windows to the outside directly).

Long Term Expected Measurable Outcome/Impact:
Long term expected impacts will be that these irreplaceable cultural items will be better protected and available for generations to come due to the protection they will receive from the UV window film. In addition, Solar Energy Control indicated to the THPO that the savings from heating and cooling these display areas will be reduced due to the benefits of the UV window film and that within 5-7 years, the window film will have paid for itself with the savings from heating and cooling that will have accumulated. (In-progress as display cases are protected but we are still in the process of securing the funding to treat the windows directly which would lower heating/cooling costs)

Long Term Progress Indicator:
Long term indicators will be that the items will be better protected, and that any visible fading and damage will have slowed in progression. In addition, we should be able to monitor that costs for heating and cooling have in fact, dropped. (In progress)

Source of Additional Funds

Available upon request,

Recipient Board Members
Chairman:Terrence Tibbetts
Secretary / Treasurer: Tara Mason
District 1 Representative: Steven Clark
District 2 Representative: Kathy Goodwin
District 3 Representative: Eugene Tibbetts
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
White Earth Reservation (Tribal Council)
Street Address
PO Box 418
White Earth
Zip Code
(413) 522-2345
Administered By
Administered by

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155