News Release

National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants to American Indian Tribes and Alaskan Native Groups

Two women demonstrating basket-weaving with a baby sitting on the flat basket
The Makah Cultural and Research Center used its 2015 Tribal Heritage grant to pass on the knowledge of craftsmanship and other traditions associated with cultural artifacts of their ancestors to youth.

Image courtesy of the Makah Cultural and Research Center

News Release Date: August 16, 2017

Contact: Katie Diamond, 202-513-7261

WASHINGTON – Today, the National Park Service announced the award of $517,471 in Tribal Heritage grants to 14 American Indian and Native Alaskan organizations to support the protection of America's native cultures. Projects funded by these grants will document histories, preserve traditional and performing arts, conduct surveys of historical and archeological sites, protect historic properties, and provide education and training for participants of historic preservation programs.

"These inspiring projects help connect people with traditions of the past,” said Acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds. “The grants are one of the ways the National Park Service works with American Indian and Native Alaskan communities to preserve their cultural heritage.”

Administered by the National Park Service, Tribal Heritage grants are appropriated annually by Congress from the Historic Preservation Fund, which is funded through Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenues. More than 600 Tribal Heritage grants have been awarded throughout the previous 26 years of the program.

More information about the Tribal Heritage grants can be found online at

 2017 Tribal Heritage Grants
State Recipient Amount
Alaska Chickaloon Native Village $40,000
Alaska Chilkat Indian Village $39,986
Alaska Ninilchik Village Tribe $40,000
Arizona Hualapai Tribe $40,000
California Fort Mojave Indian Tribe $40,000
California Karuk Tribe $39,806
California Wiyot Tribe $40,000
Nebraska Ponca Tribe of Nebraska $37,747
New Mexico Jicarilla Apache Nation $40,000
Montana Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribe $40,000
South Carolina Catawba Indian Nation $40,000
Washington Makah Indian Tribe $39,932
Wisconsin Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians $24,515
Wisconsin Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians $15,485
  TOTAL $517,471
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Last updated: October 11, 2017

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