Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced $4.4 million in grants from the Historic Preservation Fund to 117 American Indian tribes to assist with the preservation of important historic and cultural sites and to promote education and interpretation programs, a press release from the Department of the Interior stated.
These grants are made possible from the revenues from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. They’re used by the National Park Service (NPS) to provide preservation grants to Tribal Historic Preservation Officers.
“As part of our commitment to empowering Indian nations to achieve the future of their choosing, we want to support the agendas of tribes to preserve, interpret, and enrich their heritage,” Secretary Salazar said in the press release. “These investments will help not only help protect cultural and historic sites, but also provide tools to spur new economic opportunities in tribal communities.”
The funds are used by tribes to nominate their projects to the NPS’s National Register of Historic Places, as well as for architectural planning, preservation education, historic structure reports, community preservation plans, and bricks-and-mortar repair to buildings.
For more information, visit the NPS tribal preservation program site here.