Native Village Youth and Education News

May 1, 2009 Issue 198
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Seminole Tribe museum earns national accreditation

Naples, Florida: The Seminole Tribe of Florida's Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum has earned national accreditation from the American Association of Museums.

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki means “a place to learn” in the Seminole language. It is the first tribally governed museum in the U.S. to receive official certification from the AAM.  To be accredited, museums must meet a national standard of excellence in all areas including governance, staffing, sustainability and stewardship of the collection.

h-Tah-Thi-Ki  is being certified at the same time as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in D.C.

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum is located on the Big Cypress reservation in Florida. It is dedicated to preserving, celebrating and sharing the culture, lifestyle, arts, thoughts and wisdom of the Seminole Tribe and Native Americans.

“I am both honored and proud to have such an achievement bestowed upon our Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. When the Tribal Council embarked upon this journey, it was about more than just a seal of approval," said Mitchell Cypress, chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.  "It was about making sure that our tribal museum was operating under the standards that would insure our history and culture would be preserved forever. It has been a long journey, but one that was well worth it,”




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