News Release

Interior and National Park Service Announce more than $60 Million in Historic Preservation Grants to States and Tribes

Masons and bricklayers work on Fort Christian.
For nearly 350 years, Fort Christian has stood watch over the St. Thomas harbor. Funded by an annual grant from National Park Service's Historic Preservation Fund to the USVI State Historic Preservation Office, masons and bricklayers work to conserve it.

NPS/K. Brunsman

News Release Date: May 29, 2018


(Press release originally distributed 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 - The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service (NPS) today announced $48.9 million in historic preservation grants for U.S. states, territories, and partnering nations, and $11.4 million for historic preservation grants to 175 tribal historic preservation offices.

"The Department of the Interior and the National Park Service are committed to preserving U.S. and tribal history and heritage," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "Fees collected from drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf help fund important conservation tools like these grants. Through valuable partnerships we are able to assist communities and tribes in ensuring the diverse historic places, culture and traditions that make our country unique are protected for future generations."

Administered by the National Park Service, these funds are appropriated annually by Congress from the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). Since its inception in 1977, the HPF has provided more than $1.8 billion in grants to states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Funding is supported by Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenues, not tax dollars, with intent to mitigate the loss of a non-renewable resource to benefit the preservation of other irreplaceable resources.

"The National Park Service works closely with states and tribes to preserve our nation’s diverse history and cultural heritage," National Park Service Deputy Director Dan Smith said. "These grants help promote historic preservation at the community level, including funding much needed restoration and maintenance to these special places."

The HPF grants fund preservation programs at state offices and ensure support of local preservation with a required 10% pass-through to Certified Local Governments via competitive subgrants. Examples of state and local work accomplished with this annual funding include:

  • After Hurricane Matthew, the Georgia Historic Preservation Division coordinated an agency-wide initiative to train employees on the national Incident Command System and as a result, assumed a leadership role following Hurricane Irma in conducting agency-wide after-action reviews for regional incidents, and piloted a report on historic preservation response that was distributed to Georgia policy makers.
  • The Montana Historical Society leveraged National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, state, and private funding to overhaul its statewide geodatabase of cultural resources, which now holds over 59,000 historic and pre-contact sites and 37,000 survey and cultural resource studies. The data will speed the review and compliance process associated with federal projects.
  • The Massachusetts Historical Commission completed a historic context focused on resources associated with Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans in the city of Boston, which has led to National Register listing these underrepresented resources in New England.
The HPF grants fund tribal preservation programs and assist Tribes in the preservation of their cultural heritage and promote the protection of historically significant sites. Examples of tribal efforts and accomplishments with this annual funding include:
  • Funding for the annual Cultural Hualapai River Monitoring Trip by the Hualapai Tribal Historic Preservation Office in Arizona supports education outreach programs. Each year the trip engages youth and elders to monitor vegetation, archaeological sites, and traditional cultural places, and discuss traditional ecological knowledge about the Grand Canyon.
  • The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Tribal Historic Preservation Office in Wisconsin is working on a site monitoring schedule and developing a management plan for 31 historic maple sugarbush sites where Ojibwe families moved each spring and camped for the production of maple syrup.
  • Four partner Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, the Narragansett Tribe, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the Mashantucket (Eastern) Pequot, and the Mohegan, collaboratively consulted with federal agencies on federal undertakings where ceremonial stone landscapes were in danger of impacts. The result was submission of a National Register of Historic Places draft nomination entitled “Indigenous American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes of the Northeast.”
For more information about the National Park Service historic preservation programs and grants, please visit

State Historic Preservation Office Grants

State   Amount State  Amount
Alabama  $     858,103 Montana  $     817,809
Alaska  $  1,062,416 Nebraska  $     818,251
American Samoa  $     399,210 Nevada  $     775,515
Arizona  $     895,168 New Hampshire  $     640,455
Arkansas  $     783,535 New Jersey  $     967,486
California  $  1,579,932 New Mexico  $     820,716
Colorado  $     925,024 New York  $  1,436,726
Connecticut  $     763,826 North Carolina  $     969,074
Delaware  $     541,155 North Dakota  $     705,578
District of Columbia  $     538,039 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands  $     414,877
Florida  $  1,082,678 Ohio  $  1,162,212
Federated States of Micronesia  $     429,730 Oklahoma  $     866,119
Georgia  $     953,493 Oregon  $     903,609
Guam  $     413,040 Palau  $     249,048
Hawaii  $     591,360 Pennsylvania  $  1,242,810
Idaho  $     760,515 Puerto Rico  $     666,772
Illinois  $  1,203,263 Rhode Island  $     595,644
Indiana  $     958,392 South Carolina  $     790,910
Iowa  $     884,264 South Dakota  $     730,843
Kansas  $     877,307 Tennessee  $     887,274
Kentucky  $     848,523 Texas  $  1,408,576
Louisiana  $     864,288 Utah  $     804,018
Maine  $     735,596 Vermont  $     590,381
Republic of the Marshall Islands  $     249,048 Virginia  $     935,975
Maryland  $     831,006 Virgin Islands  $     419,485
Massachusetts  $     959,479 Washington  $     965,815
Michigan  $  1,170,481 West Virginia  $     732,959
Minnesota  $     986,092 Wisconsin  $     995,082
Mississippi  $     773,236 Wyoming  $     713,890
Missouri  $     978,892    
    Total  $48,925,000

Tribal Historic Preservation Office Grants

Tribe   Amount
Absentee Shawnee Tribe $57,633
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians $61,076
Aroostook Band of Micmacs $58,338
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians $69,986
Bay Mills Indian Community $60,381
Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria $55,610
Big Pine Paiute Tribe of Owens Valley $56,763
Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians of the Big Valley Rancheria $56,977
Bishop Paiute Tribe $57,974
Blackfeet Nation $84,697
Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe of Indians $55,810
Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians $70,133
Bridgeport Indian Colony $55,776
Buena Vista Rancheria Me Wuk Indians of California $55,669
Burns Paiute Tribe $58,138
Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma $55,849
Cahuilla Band of Indians $63,629
Catawba Indian Nation $58,175
Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria $55,801
Cherokee Nation $66,216
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes $62,126
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe $88,063
Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Reservation $69,826
Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana $57,218
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma $63,206
Citizen Potawatomi $58,248
Coeur d'Alene Tribe $75,588
Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation $73,873
Comanche Nation $58,812
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Nation $83,554
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation $83,991
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation $60,592
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation $84,025
Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw $56,124
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Indian Community of Oregon $62,227
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation $73,178
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon $78,722
Coquille Indian Tribe $61,153
Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana $58,205
Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians $60,249
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe $74,064
Crow Tribe of Indians $88,056
Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians $55,733
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians $66,957
Eastern Shawnee of Oklahoma $57,651
Elk Valley Rancheria $57,109
Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians $55,776
Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria $56,677
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe $59,232
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa $69,161
Forest County Potawatomi Community $62,524
Fort Belknap Indian Community $78,663
Fort Independence Indian Community of Paiute Indians of the Fort Independence Indian Reservation $57,462
Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes $87,298
Gila River Indian Community $75,306
Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa $66,415
Ho-Chunk Nation $59,302
Hoopa Valley $68,698
Hopland Band of Pomo Indians $59,153
Hualapai Tribe $81,486
Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska $62,507
Jena Band of Choctaw Indians $55,631
Jicarilla Apache Nation $80,631
Karuk Tribe $57,897
Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of Stewarts Point Rancheria $57,386
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community $66,871
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin $68,165
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians $68,835
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians $56,831
Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians $78,887
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians $58,331
Lower Sioux Indian Community $58,904
Lummi Nation $63,913
Makah Tribe $64,715
Mashantucket Western Pequot Tribe $58,810
Mechoopda (Chico Rancheria) $57,628
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin $72,891
Mescalero Apache Tribe $76,518
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma $56,124
Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians $55,993
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians $69,319
Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut $57,355
Morongo Band of Mission Indians $65,242
Muscogee (Creek) Nation $61,290
Narragansett Indian Tribe $59,082
Navajo Nation $109,273
Nez Perce Tribe of Indians $79,735
Nooksack Tribe $56,792
Northern Arapaho Tribe $87,991
Northern Cheyenne Tribe $76,381
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potowatomi $56,473
Oglala Sioux Tribe $87,014
Omaha Tribe of Nebraska $72,072
Oneida Nation of Wisconsin $61,501
Organized Village of Kake $54,826
Osage Nation $57,849
Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma $59,758
Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma $56,300
Pala Band of Mission Indians $62,307
Passamaquoddy Tribe $70,284
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma $58,730
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pechanga Reservation $58,857
Penobscot Nation $68,184
Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians $56,330
Pinoleville Pomo Nation $55,931
Pit River Tribe $62,821
Poarch Band of Creek Indians $56,593
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians $59,933
Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma $59,164
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska $56,280
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe $58,545
Prairie Island Indian Community in the State of Minnesota $59,357
Pueblo of Acoma $76,035
Pueblo of Isleta $75,906
Pueblo of Jemez $68,670
Pueblo of Laguna $77,015
Pueblo of Pojoaque $62,500
Pueblo of San Felipe $67,192
Pueblo of San Ildefonso $65,762
Pueblo of Santa Ana $67,987
Pueblo of Santa Clara $66,909
Pueblo of Tesuque $63,328
Pueblo of Zuni $76,551
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe $76,673
Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma $58,464
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa $62,963
Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians $80,028
Reno Sparks Indian Colony $63,120
Rosebud Sioux Tribe of Indians $80,908
Round Valley Indian Tribe $65,560
Saginaw Chippewa $70,500
Samish Indian Nation $55,751
San Carlos Apache Tribe $86,277
Santee Sioux Tribe $69,737
Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe $56,032
Seminole Tribe of Florida $68,636
Seneca Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma $58,581
Seneca Nation of Indians $66,860
Sherwood Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians of California $57,394
Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians $56,285
Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation $87,991
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate $63,731
Skokomish Indian Tribe $60,650
Spirit Lake Tribe of Fort Totten $73,099
Spokane Tribe of Indians $70,990
Squaxin Island Tribe $59,086
St. Regis Mohawk $63,301
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe $88,243
Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians $57,886
Stockbridge-Munsee Community $63,335
Suquamish Tribe $61,531
Susanville Indian Rancheria $58,268
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community $62,181
Thlopthlocco Tribal Town $59,354
Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation (Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation) $81,622
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe $61,527
Tohono O'odham Nation $90,041
Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation $55,376
Tunica-Biloxi Indians of Louisiana $57,755
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa $68,077
Twenty-nine Palms Band of Mission Indians $56,966
United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria $58,415
Upper Sioux Community $58,650
Ute Mountain Ute $78,360
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) $57,109
Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California $60,464
White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa $80,292
White Mountain Apache Tribe $85,395
Wichita and Affiliated Tribes $59,587
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska $69,578
Wiyot Tribe $55,993
Wyandotte Nation $56,935
Yankton Sioux Tribe $66,953
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation $58,281
Yurok Tribe $66,983
Total              $11,485,000

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