Deputy Secretary Bernhardt Announces $25.6 Million in Historic Preservation Grants to States and to Tribes

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A previous grant was used by the State Historical Society of North Dakota to host an “ArcheoBlitz” at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site; providing middle school students the opportunity to participate in archaeological research.

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News Release Date: August 17, 2017

Contact: Department of the Interior Press

Contact: Jeremy Barnum, National Park Service, 202-208-6843

(Press Release originally distribted by the Department of the Interior Press Office)

Offshore Drilling Funds Directed to Help Protect U.S. and Tribal Historic Places, Culture and Traditions

WASHINGTON – U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service today announced the distribution of an additional $21 million in historic preservation grants to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and partnering nations as well as $4.6 million for historic preservation grants to 169 Tribal Historic Preservation Offices. This funding, along with $32.6 million awarded earlier this year under a continuing resolution, represents a total of $58 million that the National Park Service has invested in the preservation efforts of states and tribes this year.

"These grants highlight the Department’s and the National Park Service’s commitment to preserving U.S. and tribal history and heritage,” Deputy Secretary Bernhardt said. “Through valuable partnerships, we are able to help communities and tribes protect the diverse historic places, culture, and traditions unique to our country for future generations to come."

Administered by the National Park Service, these funds are appropriated annually by Congress from the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF funds preservation programs at State Historic Preservation Offices and ensures local involvement by passing 10% of state funding through competitive subgrants to Certified Local Governments. All funding to the states and the District of Columbia requires a 40% non-federal match, which leverages state, local and private dollars to do even more with the federal HPF investment. Tribal grants do not require a match, although all tribes supplement their funding to accomplish their Tribal Preservation Office mission.
Since its inception in 1977, the HPF has provided more than $1.2 billion in historic preservation grants to states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Funded at $80 million in 2017, the HPF does not use any tax dollars. It is supported solely by Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenues.

Examples of state and local work accomplished with this annual funding include:

  • Tennessee’s Historical Commission completed overseeing the restoration of six historic outbuildings associated with Clover Bottom Plantation including former slave cabins, a transverse crib horse barn, a carriage house and a poultry house;
  • In May 2016, the State Historical Society of North Dakota conducted the first-ever “ArcheoBlitz” at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, engaging 250 middle-school students in archeological research;
  • In 2017, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office collaborated and were successful in nominating the former Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School to the National Register of Historic Places.
Examples of tribal efforts and accomplishments with this annual funding include:
  • The Brighton Field School, an interactive archaeological school for the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s youth and elders, has examined a 20th century Anglo-pioneer homestead on tribal lands. Interpretations and survey findings from the project will be incorporated into the Tribal and National Register of Historic Places nominations.
  • Since 2015, annual GPS and GIS capacity and database building programs have enabled the Pueblo of Zuni and the Tejon Indian Tribe to document, manage, and consult on historic properties and resources;
  • Beginning in 2015, the Karuk Tribe K-12 Oral History Curriculum Project has trained youth to help tell the stories of their community through videography, oral history research, and by documenting tribal culture and history.
For more information about the National Park Service historic preservation programs and grants, please visit 

ALABAMA  $ 368,684
ALASKA  $ 519,049
ARIZONA  $ 395,963
ARKANSAS  $ 313,806
CALIFORNIA  $ 899,922
COLORADO  $ 417,936
CONNECTICUT  $ 299,302
DELAWARE  $ 135,423
FLORIDA  $ 533,963
MICRONESIA  $ 184,478
GEORGIA  $ 438,887
GUAM  $ 41,139
HAWAII  $ 172,372
IDAHO  $ 296,864
ILLINOIS  $ 622,709
INDIANA  $ 442,493
IOWA  $ 387,939
KANSAS  $ 382,819
KENTUCKY  $ 361,635
LOUISIANA  $ 373,237
MAINE  $ 278,522
MARYLAND  $ 348,742
MICHIGAN  $ 598,583
MINNESOTA  $ 462,881
MISSISSIPPI  $ 306,226
MISSOURI  $ 457,581
MONTANA  $ 339,030
NEBRASKA  $ 339,354
NEVADA  $ 307,904
NEW HAMPSHIRE  $ 208,504
NEW JERSEY  $ 449,186
NEW MEXICO  $ 341,169
NEW YORK  $ 794,529
NORTH DAKOTA  $ 256,431
OHIO  $ 592,496
OKLAHOMA  $ 374,584
OREGON  $ 402,176
PALAU  $ 106,914
PUERTO RICO  $ 227,874
RHODE ISLAND  $ 175,526
SOUTH DAKOTA  $ 275,027
TENNESSEE  $ 390,153
TEXAS  $ 773,809
UTAH  $ 328,881
VERMONT  $ 171,652
VIRGINIA  $ 425,995
WASHINGTON  $ 447,956
WEST VIRGINIA  $ 276,583
WISCONSIN  $ 469,497
WYOMING  $ 262,550
TOTAL  $21,003,000
Native Village of Kake Alaska Kate  $ 22,645
Poarch Band of Creek Indians Alabama Atmore  $ 23,379
Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation Arizona Parker  $ 30,553
Gila River Indian Community Arizona Sacaton  $ 31,148
Hualapai Tribe Arizona Peach Springs  $ 33,712
Navajo Nation Arizona Window Rock  $ 45,974
San Carlos Apache Tribe Arizona San Carlos  $ 35,701
Tohono O'odham Nation Arizona Sells  $ 37,264
White Mountain Apache Tribe Arizona Fort Apache  $ 35,335
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians California Palm Springs  $ 25,241
Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria California Loleta  $ 22,971
Big Pine Paiute Tribe of Owens Valley California Big Pine  $ 23,449
Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians of the Big Valley Rancheria California Lakeport  $ 23,538
Bishop Paiute Tribe California Bishop  $ 23,952
Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe of Indians California Blue Lake  $ 23,053
Bridgeport Indian Colony California Bridgeport  $ 23,040
Buena Vista Rancheria Me Wuk Indians of California California Sacramento  $ 22,995
Cahuilla Band of Indians California Anza  $ 26,300
Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria California Trinidad  $ 23,050
Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians California Geyserville  $ 23,022
Elk Valley Rancheria California Crescent City  $ 23,593
Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians California Oroville  $ 23,040
Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria California Rohnert Park  $ 23,414
Fort Independence Indian Community of Paiute Indians of the Fort Independence Indian Reservation California Independence  $ 23,739
Hoopa Valley California Hoopa  $ 28,404
Hopland Band of Pomo Indians California Hopland  $ 24,442
Karuk Tribe California Orleans  $ 23,920
Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of Stewarts Point Rancheria California Santa Rosa  $ 23,708
Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians California Middletown  $ 23,129
Pala Band of Mission Indians California Pala  $ 25,751
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pechanga Reservation California Temecula  $ 24,318
Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians California Fresno  $ 23,269
Pinoleville Pomo Nation California Ukiah  $ 23,103
Pit River Tribe California Burney  $ 25,965
Round Valley Indian Tribe California Covelo  $ 27,101
Sherwood Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians of California California Willits  $ 23,711
Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians California Shingle Springs  $ 23,251
Smith River Rancheria California Smith River  $ 22,873
Susanville Indian Rancheria California Susanville  $ 24,074
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe California Bishop  $ 25,427
Twenty-nine Palms Band of Mission Indians California Coachella  $ 23,533
United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria California Auburn  $ 24,135
Wiyot Tribe California Loleta  $ 23,129
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation California Brooks  $ 24,079
Yurok Tribe California Hoopa  $ 27,692
Ute Mountain Ute Colorado Towaoc  $ 32,415
Mashantucket Western Pequot Tribe Connecticut Mashantucket  $ 24,299
Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut Connecticut Uncasvile  $ 23,695
Seminole Tribe of Florida Florida Clewiston  $ 28,378
Coeur d'Alene Tribe Idaho Plummer  $ 31,264
Nez Perce Tribe of Indians Idaho Lapwai  $ 32,986
Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Kansas White Cloud  $ 25,834
Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana Louisiana Charenton  $ 23,638
Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Louisiana Elton  $ 24,048
Jena Band of Choctaw Indians Louisiana Jena  $ 22,979
Tunica-Biloxi Indians of Louisiana Louisiana Marksville  $ 23,861
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) Massachusetts Aquinnah  $ 23,593
Aroostook Band of Micmacs Maine Presque Ilse  $ 24,103
Passamaquoddy Tribe Maine Princeton  $ 29,062
Penobscot Nation Maine Indian Island  $ 28,191
Bay Mills Indian Community Michigan Brimley  $ 24,951
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Michigan Baraga  $ 27,646
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Michigan Watersmeet  $ 23,477
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Michigan Harbor Springs  $ 24,100
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potowatomi Michigan Fulton  $ 23,329
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Michigan Dowagiac  $ 24,730
Saginaw Chippewa Michigan Mt. Pleasant  $ 29,152
Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians Minnesota Nett Lake  $ 29,000
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Minnesota Cloquet  $ 28,596
Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Minnesota Grand Portage  $ 27,456
Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Minnesota Cass Lake  $ 32,634
Lower Sioux Indian Community Minnesota Morton  $ 24,337
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians Minnesota Onamia  $ 28,661
Prairie Island Indian Community in the State of Minnesota Minnesota Welch  $ 24,526
Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Minnesota Red Lake  $ 33,107
Upper Sioux Community Minnesota Granite Falls  $ 24,232
White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa Minnesota White Earth  $ 33,217
Blackfeet Nation Montana Browning  $ 35,046
Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Reservation Montana Box Elder  $ 28,872
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Nation Montana Pablo  $ 34,571
Crow Tribe of Indians Montana Crow Agency  $ 36,440
Fort Belknap Indian Community Montana Harlem  $ 32,541
Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes Montana Poplar  $ 36,125
Northern Cheyenne Tribe Montana Lame Deer  $ 31,594
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians North Carolina Cherokee  $ 27,681
Spirit Lake Tribe of Fort Totten North Dakota Fort Totten  $ 30,231
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe North Dakota Fort Yates  $ 36,518
Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation (Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation) North Dakota New Town  $ 33,770
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa North Dakota Belcourt  $ 28,146
Omaha Tribe of Nebraska Nebraska Macy  $ 29,805
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Nebraska Niobara  $ 23,249
Santee Sioux Tribe Nebraska Niobara  $ 28,835
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska Nebraska Winnebago  $ 28,769
Jicarilla Apache Nation New Mexico Dulce  $ 33,358
Mescalero Apache Tribe New Mexico Mescalero  $ 31,651
Pueblo of Isleta New Mexico Isleta  $ 29,926
Pueblo of Jemez New Mexico Jemez  $ 28,393
Pueblo of Laguna New Mexico Laguna  $ 31,856
Pueblo of Pojoaque New Mexico Santa Fe  $ 25,832
Pueblo of San Felipe New Mexico San Felipe  $ 27,779
Pueblo of Santa Ana New Mexico Santa Ana  $ 28,108
Pueblo of Santa Clara New Mexico Espanola  $ 27,662
Pueblo of Tesuque New Mexico Santa Fe  $ 26,175
Pueblo of Zuni New Mexico Zuni Pueblo  $ 31,664
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Nevada Nixon  $ 31,714
Reno Sparks Indian Colony Nevada Reno  $ 26,088
Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California Nevada Gardnerville  $ 24,986
Seneca Nation of Indians New York Salamanca  $ 27,641
St. Regis Mohawk New York Akwesasne  $ 26,164
Absentee Shawnee Tribe Oklahoma Shawnee  $ 23,810
Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma Oklahoma Binger  $ 23,070
Cherokee Nation Oklahoma Teahlequah  $ 27,374
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Oklahoma Concho  $ 25,676
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Oklahoma Durant  $ 26,124
Citizen Potawatomi Oklahoma Shawnee  $ 24,065
Comanche Nation Oklahoma Lawton  $ 23,733
Eastern Shawnee of Oklahoma Oklahoma Wyandotte  $ 23,817
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Oklahoma Miami  $ 23,183
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Oklahoma Okmulgee  $ 25,330
Osage Nation Oklahoma Pawhuska  $ 23,900
Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma Oklahoma Red Rock  $ 24,692
Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma Oklahoma Miami  $ 23,258
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma Oklahoma Pawnee  $ 24,266
Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma Oklahoma Ponca City  $ 24,446
Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma Oklahoma Quapaw  $ 24,156
Seneca Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma Oklahoma Grove  $ 24,204
Thlopthlocco Tribal Town Oklahoma Okemah  $ 24,525
Wyandotte Nation Oklahoma Wyandotte  $ 23,520
Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Oregon Coos Bay  $ 23,183
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Indian Community of Oregon Oregon Grand Ronde  $ 25,719
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Oregon Pendleton  $ 30,264
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon Oregon Warm Springs  $ 32,565
Coquille Indian Tribe Oregon North Bend  $ 25,273
Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians Oregon Roseburg  $ 24,897
Narragansett Indian Tribe Rhode Island Charlestown  $ 24,412
Catawba Indian Nation South Carolina Rock Hill  $ 24,035
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe South Dakota Eagle Butte  $ 37,233
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe South Dakota Fort Thompson  $ 21,923
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe South Dakota Flandreau  $ 24,474
Oglala Sioux Tribe South Dakota Porcupine  $ 36,007
Rosebud Sioux Tribe of Indians South Dakota Rosebud  $ 33,472
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate South Dakota Sisseton  $ 26,342
Yankton Sioux Tribe South Dakota Wagner  $ 27,679
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation Washington Toppenish  $ 34,752
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation Washington Oakville  $ 25,039
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Washington Nespelem  $ 34,767
Lummi Nation Washington Bellingham  $ 26,418
Makah Tribe Washington Neah Bay  $ 26,751
Nooksack Tribe Washington Deming  $ 23,461
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe Washington Kingston  $ 24,189
Samish Indian Nation Washington Anacortes  $ 23,029
Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe Washington Darrington  $ 23,103
Skokomish Indian Tribe Washington Skokomish  $ 25,063
Spokane Tribe of Indians Washington Wellpinit  $ 29,355
Squaxin Island Tribe Washington Shelton  $ 24,413
Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians Washington Arlington  $ 23,916
Suquamish Tribe Washington Suguamish  $ 25,429
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Washington La Conner  $ 25,699
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Wisconsin Odanah  $ 28,939
Forest County Potawatomi Community Wisconsin Crandon  $ 25,841
Ho-Chunk Nation Wisconsin Black River  $ 24,503
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin Wisconsin Hayward  $ 28,183
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Wisconsin Lac du Flambeau  $ 28,461
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Wisconsin Keshena  $ 30,145
Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Wisconsin Oneida  $ 25,417
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Wisconsin Bayfield  $ 26,023
Stockbridge-Munsee Community Wisconsin Bowler  $ 26,178
Northern Arapaho Tribe Wyoming St. Stevens  $ 36,412
Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation Wyoming Fort Washakie  $ 36,413
Total      $4,580,335

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