An Alaska Native tribe and village have been awarded more than $80,000 in grant funding from the National Park Service.

The Knik Tribe will receive $43,075 and the Native Village of Eyak will receive $43,200 in Tribal Heritage Grants. The grants are meant to support cultural and historic preservation projects that promote traditions of America's native cultures.

The two grants are among 23 projects nationwide the Park Service is spending nearly $1 million to support.

The Knik Tribe will use the money for an archaeological evaluation of several Knikatnu settlement sites for eligibility to appear on National Register of Historic Places. The project will also provide field training in an archaeological investigation to Native American youth.

The Native Village of Eyak will use the money for a Traditional Boat Building Project.

The money comes from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf to provide assistance for a broad range of preservation projects including the Tribal Heritage Grant Program through the Historic Preservation Fund.

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