WASHINGTON - The National Park Service today announced $986,691 in Tribal Heritage Grants to support cultural and historic preservation projects that protect and promote the unique heritage and traditions of America’s native cultures.
“The 23 projects funded by these grants will help American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians to ensure the survival of their cultural heritage, including traditional arts, skills, education, and ceremonies,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith.
Projects funded by these grants will:
Congress appropriates funding for the Tribal Heritage Grant Program through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf to provide assistance for a broad range of preservation projects.
- Locate and identify cultural resources
- Preserve historic properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places
- Support comprehensive preservation planning
- Preserve oral history and cultural traditions
- Provide training for building a historic preservation program
- Support cultural and historic preservation interpretation and education
Examples of projects funded in 2018 include:
- The Mescalero Apache Tribe (New Mexico) will use grant funds to conduct oral histories regarding the “Girls Ceremony”, a traditional coming of age ceremony for young Apache girls. Funds will transcribe and record the related ceremonial songs, stories, and prayers in the required language of the Mescalero Apache.
- The Seneca Nation (New York) plans to use funds to repair the Allegany Council House, which was recently nominated for inclusion in the National Register. The building’s significance is related to two historical events in the Tribe’s history - the right for Seneca Nation women to vote, and resistance to the development of the Kinzua Dam. The house will be used as an educational facility once repairs are completed.
- The Knik Tribe (Alaska) will conduct an archaeological evaluation and survey of numerous Knikatnu settlement sites for National Register eligibility. The project will introduce archaeological investigation and field training to Native American youth.
Posted: September 7, 2018
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