Veterans' Voices: Native Warriors - Competitive Award

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations (Ampers)
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
November 2015
End Date
January 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Veterans' Voices: Native Warriors will give Native American students in Minnesota the opportunity to hear memories and stories directly from Native American veterans from within their communities. Funds will also be used to create radio segments featuring the Native American veterans sharing their personal experiences in their own words. These segments will air statewide and be archived online giving all Minnesotans access now and in the future.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
2015 Minn. Laws, Chap. 2 Art. 4 Sec. 2 Subd. 8
Appropriation Language

$300,000 the first year is for a competitive grants program to provide grants to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Minnesota.The Minnesota Humanities Center shall operate a competitive grants program to provide grants for programs, including but not limited to: music, film, television, radio, recreation, or the design and use of public spaces that preserves and honors the cultural heritage of Minnesota. Grants made under this paragraph must not be used for travel costs inside or outside of the state.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Twenty stories of Native American Veterans, that would otherwise remain absent, will be shared, amplified, and archived for future generations.By hearing the stories, at least 220,000 Minnesotans of all ages will gain a better understanding of the important role Native Americans have served in protecting our country, the unusually high percentage of Native Americans who have and are in the armed forces, and the cultural reasons behind this.More teachers will utilize this material and other tangible examples from people within their communities who are demonstrating how and why the Native Warriors protect the land, are good stewards of natural resources, and are generous in service to others.When surveyed, teachers will report Native American students will have a stronger sense of self-pride, will be more engaged in history classes, and will develop a stronger commitment to protect the land.Teachers will report that students are more engaged in learning about this topic.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The 90-second segments aired on Ampers stations statewide reaching an estimated 330,000 people.The three-minute segments aired in and around: St. Cloud; Thief River Falls; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Fond du Lac/Cloquet; Leech Lake/Cass Lake; White Earth/Callaway; and Bois Forte/Nett Lake.

Recipient Board Members
Maggie Montgomery, President; Michele Jansen, At-Large; Debbie Benedict, Vice President; Vickie Jacoba, At Large; Doug Westerman, Treasurer; Sara Miller, At-Large; Pam Hill-Kroyer, Secretary
Project Manager
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Organization Name
Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations (Ampers)
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