The Native Voices Endowment comes to the National Council of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial from the sale of a US Mint coin, celebrating that bicentennial. The Endangered Language Fund (ELF) will be managing and distributing the fund. The article says:
Proceeds from sales of a Lewis and Clark commemorative coin and a handmade Indian pouch set bankroll the $1.6 million Endangered Language Fund (ELF).
Using interest off that money, the foundation is offering $2,500 to $25,000 grants, starting later this year.
To learn more about the endowment, read the articles Native Voices Endowment at the ELF website and Native Voices Endowment to Revitalize Indigenous Languages at the Lewis and Clark commemorative website.
To learn more about Mandan, visit the Wikipedia entry. Mandan can also be studied at Fort Berthold Community College. Click on “Course Descriptions” from their academic information page to learn more about classes.