The Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, which operates under the National Historic Preservation Act, got a big show of support on Wednesday, March 7. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced $8.4 million in grants to 131 American Indian tribes to support the Tribal Historic Preservation Offices. The National Park Service awards grants to these tribes to assist in carrying out national historic preservation program responsibilities on tribal lands.
“The participation of American Indians in the national historic preservation program is a major step forward in how we tell the story of our land and its people,” Secretary Salazar said in a press release. “These grants will help tribes recount their histories that date back centuries before Europeans set foot on this continent. As they tell the story, all Americans can gain a greater appreciation of their rich traditions and cultures.”
Tribes can use the grants to fund projects such as preservation education, architectural planning, historic statue reports, nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, community preservation plans, and bricks-and-mortar repair to buildings. The grants are derived from revenues from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf and can help catalyze private and non-federal investment in historic preservation efforts nationwide.
“Increased attention to the preservation of significant tribal places, as well as tribal culture and tradition, is important to all Americans,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “This grant program provides important funding to protect the cultures of the first Americans.”
For more information about the National Park Service tribal preservation programs and grants, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/tribal/