National Park Service Working with American Indians, Alaska Natives And Native Hawaiians
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    Working with Native Americans

    Cultural Resources National Park Service


Rug Painting, Elbridge Ayer Burbank, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site Collection;, courtesy of National Park Service Museum Management Program.

Publications | NPS Policies | Directories | Advistory Council on Historic Preservation

Cultural Resources has produced a number of publications including journals, reports, catalogues, and other material on topics related to historic preservation and cultural resource management.  Many programs within the directorate maintain a list of publications on their individual web page; however, a comprehensive list of Cultural Resources publications is also available.

Click here for a complete list of National Park Service publications.

Publications and other media resources with a specific focus on Native Americans include the following:

Tribal Preservation Program Annual Reports: 2014, 2013, 2012

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National Park Service Policies
Management Policies: The Guide to Managing the National Park System, Aug. 31, 2006 is "the basic policy document of the National Park Service." Rather than have a separately stated policy relating to the concerns specific to American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, the National Park Service Management Policies address these concerns throughout this one primary policy document.

In its printed form, the National Park Service Management Policies 2006 is 180 pages long, with 10 chapters, three appendices, a glossary, and the index. Chapters cover 1) the park idea, park resources and values, relationship with American Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiians; 2) park system planning; 3) land protection; 4) natural resource management; 5) cultural resource management; 6) wilderness preservation and management; 7) interpretation and education; 8) use of the parks -- visitor, recreation, back country, fishing, hunting, law enforcement, use by American Indians and other traditionally associated groups; 9) park facilities -- planning, accessibility, maintenance, waste management, roads, trails, visitor centers, commemorative plaques; 10) commercial visitor services, concessions.

NPS Management Policies 2006
Description: Complete document

NPS Management Policies 2006 & Native Americans
Description : Short version -- contains 6 key sections from the Policies [8 pages]

Native Americans and NPS Management Policies
Description : Long version -- contains most sections likely to be of interest to Native Americans [53 pages]

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs maintains the official Tribal Leaders Directory which provides  the telephone numbers and addresses of Federally recognized tribal leaders in the United States.

The Department of Interior’s Office of Native Hawaiian Relations maintains the Department's Native Hawaiian Organization Notification List. The Notification List is meant to provide federal officials with a tool to help satisfy their notification and consultation obligations under such laws as the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

The Secretary of the Interior has administrative responsibility for coordinating federal policy in the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the responsibility to administer and oversee US Federal assistance provided to the Freely Associated States of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau under the Compacts of Free Association. The Office of Insular Affairs executes these responsibilities on behalf of the Secretary.  A list of Office of Insular Affairs jurisdictions including contact information is available.

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Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and NPS are responsible for administering a significant part of the National Historic Preservation Program under the National Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966.  The ACHP is an independent federal agency that reports to the President and Congress on federal historic preservation policy.  One of the biggest roles that ACHP plays is overseeing Section 106 of NHPA.  The ACHP has a number of publications and resources related to historic preservation topics,  many of which relate specifically to Native Americans.  Key publications are listed below:

For a comprehensive list of publications related specifically to the ACHP Office of Native American Affairs.

Additionally,  the ACHP has identified the following web-based resources to assist Native Americans with historic preservation.