National Park Service: More Tribes Sign Historic Preservation Agreements


Tribal Historic Preserver Staff of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, from left to right: Xavier Watts, NAGPRA Technician; Cassandra Atencio, Assistant to THPO; Garrett W. Briggs, THPO. Photo courtesy of Lindsay Box, Tribal Council Communications Specialist, South Ute Indian Tribe

Seven tribes sign preservation agreements with National Park Service

Wednesday, November 24, 2021


The following is the text of a press release dated November 24, 2021 from the National Park Service.

WASHINGTON, DC – Seven new tribal historic preservation agreements were reached and signed with tribes in seven states in 2021. The NPS welcomes the following new tribal historic preservation partners:

  • Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Washington
  • Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Texas
  • Southern Ute Indian tribe of the Southern Ute reservation, Colorado
  • Resighini Rancheria, California
  • Ute Indian tribe of the Uintah and Ouray reservation, Utah
  • Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico
  • Moapa Band of Paiute Indians of the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada

“The National Park Service takes our responsibilities to the tribes seriously,” said Shawn Benge, deputy director of the NPS. “I know that developing a tribal historic preservation plan takes a lot of work and coordination and I am pleased to welcome the new Tribal Historic Preservation offices to the federal preservation community. The NPS is responsible under the National Historic Preservation Act for administering the Tribal Historic Preservation Program. The program helps Indian tribes strengthen their historic preservation programs run by the Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO) on tribal lands. Once signed, the THPO agreements transfer certain responsibilities for historic preservation to tribes that would otherwise be the responsibility of the state. The NPS Tribal Historic Preservation Program works with each tribal nominee as they develop their program plan, which can take a year or more. The program also consults with the appropriate state historic preservation office and other tribal and federal preservation partners during the process before agreeing to the final plan and developing the THPO agreement. There are currently 207 tribes with nationally signed THPO agreements. With 574 federally recognized Tribes, continued engagement with Tribes supports many potential new THPO programs. For more information about the Tribal Historic Preservation Program, visit the program’s website:

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