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TABLE OF CONTENTS
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)INTRODUCTION
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)GRANT SELECTION PROCESS
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)GRANT APPLICATION REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)FISCAL YEAR 1997 GRANTS SELECTION PANEL PARTICIPANTS
graphics/graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)LIST OF FISCAL YEAR 1997 GRANTS TO INDIAN TRIBES AND ALASKA NATIVES
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)ALABAMA
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)ALASKA
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)ARIZONA
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)CALIFORNIA
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)IDAHO
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)MAINE
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)MICHIGAN
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)MINNESOTA
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)MISSISSIPPI
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)NEW MEXICO
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)NEW YORK
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)OKLAHOMA
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)WASHINGTON
graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)WISCONSIN
INTRODUCTION
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes grants to Indian tribes for cultural and historic preservation projects. Now in its eighth year, this grant program assists American Indians and Alaska Natives in protecting and promoting their unique cultural traditions.

From the beginning, the program has been shaped by Indian tribes. Tribal representatives defined "historic preservation from a tribal perspective" in a National Park Service report to Congress in 1990. Keepers of the Treasures -- Protecting Historic Properties and Cultural Traditions on Indian Land describes, in the words of Indian people, what they are concerned with protecting. Native language, oral history, plant and animal species important in tradition, sacred and historic places, and the establishment of tribal historic preservation offices are all part of preservation from a tribal perspective. The grants selected in Fiscal Year 1997 reflect this broad range of funding needs.

Since 1990, just over 10 million dollars has been awarded to 280 Indian and Alaska Native communities. In Fiscal Year 1997 $901,000 is being awarded to 27 communities for a broad range of historic preservation projects. The projects selected for funding are summarized below.

GRANT SELECTION PROCESS
Federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Native groups, and Native Hawaiian organizations were invited to submit grant applications to support historic preservation projects and promote the continuation of living cultural traditions.

The application guidelines listed the following examples of eligible activities for Historic Preservation Fund grants.

graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes) Establishment of Tribal Historic Preservation Offices to assume National program responsibilities in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act;

graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes)Preservation plans, ordinances, and Historic cultural needs assessments; 

graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes) Surveys of archeological sites, traditional plant uses, and tribal collections held in museums;

graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes) Training in historic preservation, conservation, oral history, and documentation; and

graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes) Plans for the restoration of historic properties.

Grant applications and application guidelines were mailed in October 1996 to the chief elected officials of all Federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Native groups, Native Hawaiian organizations, and to others on a mailing list of over 5,500 individuals and organizations. In all, 149 proposals were received from 135 tribes requesting approximately $6.3 million.

Each application was reviewed and rated by panels of experts who met in Washington, D.C. the week of April 7, 1997. The panels were comprised of Federal employees from a variety of agencies. 

GRANT APPLICATION REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS
Reviewers were asked to consider the following in evaluating applications:
 

graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes) How does this project address a critical cultural or historic preservation issue for the tribe?

graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes) Are project objectives, activities, and desired results well-designed, thought through and achievable?

graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes) Will project activities be carried out by qualified people?

graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes) Is the project budget clear and reasonable? Are all budget items justified and explained in the narrative description?

graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes) Is there a demonstrable commitment to this project by the tribe?

graphics/bullet.gif (930 bytes) What is the lasting impact on and benefit to the tribe if this project is successfully completed?

FISCAL YEAR 1996 GRANTS SELECTION PANEL PARTICIPANTS
 
David Banks
Preservation Planner
Heritage Preservation Services
National Park Service
Charlie Bunch
Director, ANSCA Office
Juneau Area Office
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bruce Crespin
Program Analyst
Native American Program Office
Bureau of Land Management
Ronald Emery
Historian
Heritage Preservation Services
National Park Service
Myrna Little Owl
Budget Analyst
Big Horn Canyon NR
National Park Service
Ed Natay
Office of American Indian Trust Responsibility
Southwest System Office
National Park Service
Susan Savage
Liaison Outreach and Service Program
Region VIII 
Department of Transportation
Rosemary Sucec
Applied Anthropology Program
Intermountain Field Office
National Park Service
Barbara Sutteer
Indian Affairs Coordinator
Intermountain Field Office
National Park Service
 
LIST OF FISCAL YEAR 1997 HISTORIC PRESERVATION
FUND GRANTS TO INDIAN TRIBES AND ALASKA NATIVES
 
Tribe [State] Amount
Barona Band of Mission Indians [CA]
Bering Straits Foundation [AK]
Bridgeport Indian Colony [CA]
Choctaw of Oklahoma [OK]
Coyote Valley Band of Pomo [CA]
Forest County Potawatomi [WI]
Fond du Lac [MN]
Hopi [AZ]
Huron Potawatomi [MI]
Iowa of Oklahoma [OK]
Leech Lake [MN]
Lower Elwha Klallam [WA]
Makah [WA]
Mississippi Band of Choctaw [MS]
Native Village of St. Michaels [AK]
Nez Perce [ID]
Penobscot [ME]
Poarch Creek [AL]
Salamatof Native Association [AK]
Pueblo de San Ildefonso [NM]
Seneca [NY]
Sealaska Corporation [AK]
SEAICC [AK]
Timbisha Shoshone [CA]
White Earth [MN]
Wrangell [AK]
Venetie [AK]

TOTAL

40,000
15,500
9,000
16,000
50,000
8,700
7,500
50,000
6,000
35,500
34,500
50,000
50,000
37,800
39,700
49,700
26,000
50,000
26,400
48,500
50,000
50,000
16,500
25,300
49,700
8,700
50,000

$901,000

 
FISCAL YEAR 1997 HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND GRANTS TO
INDIAN TRIBES AND ALASKA NATIVES
 
ALASKA
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Bering Straits Native Corporation
Project Jukebox: Oral History and Documenting Cultural Traditions
$ 15,500
This project will train representatives selected by tribal organizations from 10 Bering Strait communities in an interactive, multimedia computer system called "Project Jukebox." This innovative program was developed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Oral History Program to preserve and access historic and contemporary Native Alaskan cultural information.
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Salamatof Native Association, Inc.
Traditional Medicinal Plant Use
$ 26,400
This project is a partnered effort between the Salamatof Native Association, Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, and the Alaska Natural Heritage Program to conserve and expand the pool of knowledge about traditional healing plants and their uses. A booklet will be developed for tribal members. 
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Sealaska Corporation
Regional Summit Meetings on Site Preservation and Use Agreements 
$ 50,000
Sealaska will conduct two summit meetings to discuss the development of preservation standards, procedures, and cooperative agreements for historic sites within Sealaska's region. The meetings will ensure that tribal concerns have a meaningful role in the development and implementation of a long range strategy for the care and preservation of historic sites among a variety of concerned parties. 
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Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center, Inc.
Protocol Workshop Transcription Project
$ 16,500
The Sitka Tribe wishes to transcribe and translate the "Protocol Workshop" recordings in which Tlingit elders address all aspects of proper Tlingit protocol. The workshop is held weekly at the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center and documentation will help ensure the survival of these cultural traditions and practices for future Tlingit generations.
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Native Village of St. Michaels 
Native Village of St. Michaels History and Documenting Cultural Traditions Project
$ 39,700
This project will document the Yupik Elders Committee telling oral histories in their native language. These recordings will be translated, transcribed, and archivally stored. Copies of the transcribed stories will be shared with the local school to be included in lesson planning.
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Native Village of Venetie
The Venetie Indian Reserve Historic Preservation Plan and Site Inventory
$ 50,000
The tribe will draft a historic preservation plan for the Village of Venetie and Arctic Village. The tribe will also conduct a site inventory of Tsuk'oo, an old Gwich'in village, with the assistance of tribal elders and young people relating old stories about the site. In addition, the tribe will research recorded material to identify other sites to be included in the preservation plan.
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Wrangell Cooperative Association (IRA)
Wrangell Cooperative Association's Planning Grant
$ 8,700
The Wrangell I.R.A. will assess the preservation needs of the totem poles located on Wrangell Island. This includes standing poles as well as poles stored at the SNO Totem Pole Storage house and poles held at the Wrangell Institute. The tribe will also assess the preservation needs of Chief Shakes Tribal House.
ALABAMA
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Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Poarch Creek Indian Historic Preservation Project
$ 50,000
This project will provide comprehensive instruction in preservation law and regulations, preservation techniques, historic research, and computer application. The tribe will research and consolidate the reservation inventory of archeological, historic, social, and culturally important properties and sites into a computer database for use as a cultural resource management tool to facilitate tribal historic preservation planning.
ARIZONA
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The Hopi Tribe
Antelope Mesa Rock Art Documentation Project
$ 50,000
The Hopi Tribe will document all rock art sites on the 1,920 acres of land known as Antelope Mesa between Awatovi and Kawaika'a. As a result, an estimated 100 sites will be included in the Cultural Resource Management Plan the tribe is developing for Antelope Mesa.
CALIFORNIA
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Barona Band of Mission Indians
Barona Cultural Center Planning and Development
$ 40,000
The Barona Band of Mission Indians will conduct a cultural needs assessment and inventory of tribal members to assist in planning for a new cultural center. The needs assessment and inventory will assist in the development of programming for the cultural center. 
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Bridgeport Indian Colony
Travertine ACEC Cultural Resource Inventory
$ 9,000
The tribe will conduct an archeological inventory of 160 acres of land surrounding the Travertine Hot Springs area. The inventory will document sites and provide archeological training for tribal members in project design, survey strategies, site recordation and mapping, report write up and artifact analysis.
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Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians
Circle of Voices
$ 50,000
This project involves interviewing and documenting tribal elders telling community histories, oral traditions, lifeways and songs. It is an intertribal project that will record, translate, and edit fluent native speakers from 13 tribal groups in California using audiotapes, videotapes, and still photography.
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Timbisha Shoshone Tribe
Timbisha Historic Preservation Ordinance Development
$ 25,300
The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe will draft and adopt a Historic Preservation ordinance and will establish a Tribal Historic Preservation Office. This is a follow-up project to the Timbisha Shoshone Tribal Historic Preservation Plan which was partially funded from the Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives.
IDAHO
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Nez Perce Tribe
Nez Perce Tribal Cultural Resources Survey
$ 49,700
The Nez Perce Tribe will conduct an intensive archeological survey on 15,000 acres of land located within the reservation boundaries. Once recorded, specific site information will be integrated into a GIS database to assist in planning for future development on the reservation.
MAINE
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Penobscot Nation
Documenting Penobscot Root Clubs
$ 26,000
The Penobscot Nation will document the ancient and ongoing tradition of carved birch root clubs. The tribe will collect oral histories from elders and families of root carvers, write a history of style, function and significance, and archivally preserve all documentation on root club construction and use.
MICHIGAN
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Huron Potawatomi
Huron Potawatomi Basket Making
$ 6,000
Tribal elder basketmakers will teach traditional basketmaking in a hands-on workshop format to tribal members. In addition to learning the weaving and construction techniques, the group will learn how to select and harvest native black ash trees, which supply the material for traditional baskets, and to prepare the raw materials for weaving.
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Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
A Community History of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
$ 7,500
The Fond du Lac History Group, with the assistance of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, will interview tribal elders and persons with cultural knowledge, gather historic pictures, and produce a book on the tribe's history. A multimedia WWW Internet page will also be developed with the information collected during the project. 
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Leech Lake Chippewa Indians
Inventory of Traditional Plant Use of the Leech Lake Reservation 
$ 34,500
The Leech Lake Division of Resource Management will compile an inventory of traditionally-used plants found on the reservation including their Ojibwa names. In addition the tribe plans to compile a reservation sensitive species and habitats list to aid their natural resources management staff in protecting plant species and habitats important to tribal members.
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White Earth Nation
Historic Sites Preservation and Protection
$ 49,700
White Earth Cultural Resources Department will locate, identify, and map burial, sacred, ceremonial sites, and sites of historic significant to the White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa. The gathered information will be maintained in a computerized database and sites will be mapped in a GIS Mapping System for easier access during land use planning.
MISSISSIPPI
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Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Chahta Imanopa: Choctaw Oral History Project
$ 37,800
The tribe will conduct one hundred interviews with tribal elders speaking their native language. The project will train five high school/college age tribal members and five adult tribal members in oral history interviewing techniques. The information will be stored in the new climate-controlled tribal archive and made available for any Choctaw member to do research.
NEW MEXICO
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Pueblo de San Ildefonso
Closing the Circle -- Oral History Documentation Program
$ 48,500
The Oral History Documentation Program will collect oral histories of Pueblo tribal members as it relates to the area of "Traditional Spiritual Use" within the ancestral domain of San Ildefonso Pueblo. The production of a 30 minute video "Closing the Circle" will document impacts on the cultural and spiritual life of the Tewa People, told through the voices of tribal elders about the establishment of Los Alamos National Laboratory and its historical relationship with the Department of Energy over 50 years.
NEW YORK
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Seneca Nation of Indians
Seneca Oral History and Cultural Traditions Preservation Project
$ 50,000
The Seneca Nation will produce three storybooks, three videos, and three storyboards for Seneca school children using oral interviews collected from tribal elders. In addition the tribe will produce a documentary of the interviews, and the Seneca struggle to retain their own cultural identity. 
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Choctaw of Oklahoma
Choctaw Nation Skullyville Cemetery Preservation and Restoration Project
$ 16,000
This grant will help preserve the existing monuments and grounds within the Skullyville Cemetery. The Skullyville Cemetery is the final resting place for many of the victims who came to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears. 
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Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Iowa Tribe Oral History Project
$ 35,500
The Iowa Tribe will compile and produce an oral history for the tribe by interviewing 33 tribal elders. The interviews will capture stories, genealogies, and family and tribal histories. In addition, the tribe will duplicate historic photographs, providing copies for the families and keeping a set for the tribal archives.
WASHINGTON
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Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Documenting Klallam Traditions
$ 50,000
The Lower Elwha Klallam Cultural Resource staff will document Klallam traditions through multi-media recording of elders and cultural leaders telling stories, legends, singing songs and performing dances. Tribal youths will be trained in documentation techniques and use of documentation equipment. 
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Makah Tribe
Makah Photographic Facility and Documentation Project
$ 50,000
The Makah Cultural and Research Center will develop a photographic facility at the museum to document Makah elders, museum collections, cultural events, exhibits, archeological sites and other culturally significant sites. The tribe will receive training in the reproduction of historic photographs, and will assist the Makah in controlling the use and rights of images owned by the tribe. Training will be provided for tribal members by a professional photographer from the Smithsonian Institution.
WISCONSIN
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Forest County Potawatomi Community
Otter Springs Water House Preservation Plan
$ 8,700
A historic architect will be hired to draw up a plan on how best to preserve the historic Otter Springs Water House. The Otter Springs Water House was constructed in 1930 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to protect the spring from the elements. The site was still used as the main source of water by tribal members into the 1970s.


 

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