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Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations (ECHO) is a major, federally funded educational and cultural enrichment initiative, anually serving hundreds of thousands of children, teachers, and adult continuing learners in Alaska, Hawai`i, Massachusetts and Mississippi. Established by Congress as part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, ECHO brings to culturally diverse audiences innovative programs collaboratively produced by six regional cultural entities: Alaska Native Heritage Center and North Slope Borough ECHO Project in Alaska; Bishop Museum in Hawai`i; New Bedford ECHO Project and Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Mississippi. Working with partners such as the National Park Service, schools, and community-based organizations, ECHO programs amplify educational benefits, foster greater appreciation of local and national history, and assist communities in maximizing the social benefits of new technologies.