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The mission of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council is to foster awareness, understanding and appreciation for the humanities through support of educational programs that relate the humanities to the indigenous cultures and to the intellectual needs and interests of the people of the Commonwealth. 

Featured Program

The Northern Marianas Humanities Council is calling on the LGBTQ+ community to write about your experience in the CNMI.

  • Categories: Poem, Essay, or Short Story (fiction or non-fiction)
  • Minimum of 500 words.
  • No age restrictions
  • Must be original, plagiarism is not allowed. 
  • Each island will have their own competition and winners. 
  • Include with submission: Your name, village, and contact information. Please submit via email to 
  • Deadline is June 26th

Community Projects

Project Director, Anita Hofschneider, conducts oral history interviews of people in Saipan, Tinian and Rota who participated in the 1975 vote to become a U.S. commonwealth to investigate the reasons the indigenous people of the CNMI voted to give up their sovereignty in exchange for gaining U.S. citizenship.  Ms. Hofschneider presented her work to an audience at the American Memorial Park on March 11 2020.  Interviews will be archived at the University of Hawaii Oral History Department.

Northern Marianas Humanities Council will award up to $15,000 in grants support for the general operations of CNMI-based humanities and cultural non-profits and $10,000 in fees to humanities scholars, experts, practitioners, and other individual participants in humanities programming.  Visit our COVID-19 Relief Grant page for guidelines and application information.

Your Humanities Half Hour Click the photo below to hear the latest interview:

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