News Release

Trump Administration Invests $600,000 in Grants to American Indian Tribes and Alaskan Natives

A young man wearing a black sweatshirt and headphones looks into a camera on a tripod as he smiles. A woman looking at a laptop in her hands in the background.
Karuk Youth Videographer Luis Neuner, 17, learns filming techniques as part of the Karuk Tribe’s K-12 Curriculum Oral History Documentation.

Photo courtesy of Karuk Tribe.

News Release Date: August 27, 2020


WASHINGTON - The Trump Administration announced today $602,923 in tribal heritage grants for 13 preservation projects that assist Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian organizations in protecting and promoting their unique cultural heritage and traditions.

“These grants provide critical support to help American Indian Tribes and Alaskan and Hawaiian Native communities connect people with their traditions and preserve their cultural heritage for future generations,” said Margaret Everson, Counselor to the Secretary, exercising the delegated authority of the NPS Director.

Congress appropriates funding for the Tribal Heritage Grant Program through the Historic Preservation Fund. The fund uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf to provide assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars.

The grants will finance projects to locate and identify cultural resources, preserve historic properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places, support comprehensive preservation planning, train tribal youth to serve as living history guides, preserve oral history and cultural traditions, provide training to build a historic preservation program, and support cultural and historic preservation interpretation and education.

For more information about the grants and the Tribal Heritage Grant program, please visit Applications for approximately $500,000 in 2021 funding will be announced fall of 2020.
Tribal Heritage Grant Awards:






Dene Cultural Sites in the Matanuska Watershed Survey

Chickaloon Native Village



Dena’ina Village Survey

Knik Tribe



Sitkinak Island Archaeological Survey (SIAS)

Koniag, Inc.



Strategic Planning for Pala Cultural Resources

Pala Band of Mission Indians



Telling Our Story: Resighini Rancheria’s Oral History Connections to the Klamath River

Resighini Rancheria



Coushatta Heritage Trail Guides and Living History Program

Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana



Establishing the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians GIS Inventory

Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians



Becoming the Burns Paiute: 20th Century Oral History Elder Book Project

Burns Paiute Tribe


South Carolina

Catawba Indian Nation Cultural and Traditional Arts Initiative

Catawba Indian Nation



Comprehensive Preservation Planning at Ysleta del Sur Pueblo

Ysleta del Sur Pueblo



Chief Otho S. Nelson and Susie P. Nelson House Rehabilitation Project

Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia



Quileute Tribe’s Historic Preservation Plan for Artifact Curation

Quileute Tribe of the Quileute Reservation



Gete Anishinaabeg Izhichigewin Community Archaeology Project

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians


13 Tribes




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Last updated: August 27, 2020