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NPS Awards Historic Preservation Grants To American Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiian Groups

on October 7, 2019 - 8:27am
Documenting Klukwan's Woolen Weaving Traditions -- An Oral History and Documenting Cultural Traditions Project Lani Hotch - Chilkat Indian Village. Courtesy/NPS
 
NPS News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Park Service Sept. 13 announced $524,000 in grants for 12 projects from across the country to support the protection of America’s native cultures. 
 
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, providing assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars. 
 
“Through these competitive grants,” said National Park Service Deputy Director Dan Smith, “the National Park Service is able to work with America’s native communities to preserve their cultural heritage and connect people with traditions of the past.” 
 
From the preservation of a 16th century pueblo and petroglyphs on mesa cliffs in New Mexico, to creating video documentaries of traditional burial practices in Oklahoma, these projects are critical to preserving Tribal heritage for future generations. Other projects funded by these grants will 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, and support cultural and historic preservation interpretation and education. 
 
For more information about the grants and the Tribal Heritage Grant program, please visit http://go.nps.gov/tribalheritage . At least $500,000 in additional funding became available in the winter of 2020.
 
Projects receiving 2019 Tribal Heritage Grants:
 
Tribe
Project
State
Amount
Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Trial Cemeteries Ground Penetrating Radar Project
AL
$14,500
Sealaska Corporation
Development of a Tlingit Clan Crest Registry
AK
$49,976
Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona
Establishment of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office
AZ
$50,000
Cahuilla Band of Indians
Cahuilla Historical Teaching and Preservation Project
CA
$43,630
Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
Tolay Park Cultural Education Project
CA
$49,436
San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
Recording Oral History and Cultural Traditions to Document and Preserve Kumeyaay Relationships of Identity and Place
CA
$49,905
Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation
Howonquet Indian Cemetery – Oral History Project of Cultural Traditions & Protocols
CA
$34,349
Chippewa Cree Cultural Resource Preservation Department
Chippewa Cree Oral History & Documentation Cultural Traditions Grant
MT
$48,635
Pueblo of Isleta
Locating and Identifying Cultural Resources
NM
$48,300
Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise
Zuni Historic Preservation Ordinance and Historic Preservation Plan
NM
$48,000
Delaware Tribe of Indians
Documenting and Teaching Cultural Traditions: Indexing and Cataloging Archival Materials
OK
$47,269
Nisqually Indian Tribe
Establishing a Nisqually Tribal Historic Register through the nomination of three significant places in the squali-absch homeland
WA
$40,000
 
TOTAL
 
 
 
$524,000
 
 
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