Fight to Save Tribal Libraries

On March 16, 2017, President Donald Trump released his Budget Blueprint for 2018, also known as the “America First” budget. This proposed budget eliminates funding for IMLS, a federal agency that provides critical support for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian libraries across the country.

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) is calling on all tribal librarians, archivists, community members, and the public to share stories to help us fight for continued federal funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). We are seeking short stories from your communities to demonstrate the role tribal libraries play in supporting culture, community, and education. Use this form to share your story and upload any photos to accompany your story.

Funding for Native American libraries and information services hFight to Save Tribal Libraries as been a long struggle for those committed to the development of libraries in Indian Country.

Our communities stand to lose millions in federal support for childhood literacy, language revitalization, digital infrastructure, college and vocational prep, job-seeking support, and so much more. In some cases, IMLS provides the only consistent source of library funding.

In a very real way, the defunding of IMLS could mean the loss of tribal libraries.

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