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National Park Service Announces $6.5 million in Historic Preservation Grants for American Indian Tribes
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Website: http://www.nps.gov/tribes/Tribal_Historic_Preservation_Officers_Program.htm

WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today awarded more than $6.5 million in historic preservation grants to 147 American Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Offices to support national historic preservation programs on tribal lands.  

The grants, provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, augment the more than $2.2 million previously awarded to tribes under the Continuing Resolution that funded federal agencies from October through mid-January. The total amount allocated to Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in FY14 is $8,780,208. 

“Tribal Historic Preservation Offices are focusing increased attention on the preservation of significant tribal places that tell the story of our land and its people centuries before the arrival of European settlers,” said Jarvis. “These grants assist tribes in protecting their culture, allowing all Americans to gain a greater appreciation of their rich traditions and cultures.” 

Tribes can use the grants to fund projects such as surveys of historic properties, reviews of federally funded projects, preservation education, and the development of nominations of significant sites to the National Register of Historic places and/or tribal registers. Examples of recent projects funded by Historic Preservation Fund grants include:
  • During FY 2013, the Santee Sioux Nation was asked to consult on a Department of Veterans Affairs project to demolish and erect new facilities at Fort Snelling in Minnesota. The historic site is located within the Santee Sioux's traditional territory, and 35 tribal members who died while imprisoned at the fort in the 19th century are buried there in an unknown location.  Using a grant from the Historic Preservation Fund, the tribe was able to communicate the significance of the site and come to an agreement with the VA to collaborate and further investigate the site prior to any work commencing. 
  • Grant money from tribal historic preservation offices was used to survey approximately 195,982 acres of tribal land, resulting in 7,043 archeological sites and 1,307 historic properties being added to tribal inventories.  In addition, National Register of Historic Places nominations were prepared for 64 sites by Tribal Historic Preservation Offices. 
The Historic Preservation Fund is derived by revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf and catalyzes private and non-federal investment in historic preservation efforts nationwide. The National Park Service administers the fund and distributes annual matching grants to state and tribal historic preservation officers from money made available in Congressional appropriations. 

For more information about the National Park Service tribal preservation programs and grants, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/tribes/Tribal_Historic_Preservation_Officers_Program.htm


Posted: March 31, 2014
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