WYANDOTTE – The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma's Project S.E.E. (Shawnees Electronically Engaged) will engage tribal citizens and the community through technology to create a nation of learners while enhancing the Tribe's digital access to native literature, collections, and content. Activities build upon a cultural curriculum developed during a previously awarded IMLS project titled "We Respect Our Open Spaces" (MN-00-16-0006-16) and address community needs based upon results from a 2017-2020 Strategic Plan as well as the tribe's Mission Statement and Guiding Principles.

The two-year project features programs for library patrons and community-based users to engage electronically through the development and implementation of STEM classes, technical education opportunities for toddlers, tribal youth, and tribal elders, and access to iPads for reading eBooks and/or listening to audio books. Expected outcomes include measurable changes in understanding, interest, and confidence among library patrons and community-based users.

The performance goal for this project is to strengthen the library as an essential partner in addressing the needs of the community. Specific project activities include, but are not limited to, purchasing supplies and equipment for project implementation, organizing STEM lessons at the Early Child Learning Center, developing and implementing a Book Club, and creating an elder storytelling event. The intended audience for the activities are toddlers, tribal youth, and tribal elders within the tribal community.

The project will primarily benefit the tribal community within a 50-mile radius of tribal headquarters; however, the tribe stated the desire is to serve and positively impact all 3,438 tribal citizens across the nation. The time frame for the $120,000 project is 24 months, or two years.

This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (NG-03-18-0175-18). The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. For more information about IMLS, go to http://imls.gov.