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National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants to American Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations

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Documenting Klukwan's Woolen Weaving Traditions -- An Oral History and Documenting Cultural Traditions Project

Lani Hotch - Chilkat Indian Village

News Release Date: September 13, 2019


WASHINGTON - The National Park Service today announced $524,000 in grants for 12 projects from across the country to support the protection of America’s native cultures. 

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

“Through these competitive grants,” said National Park Service Deputy Director Dan Smith, “the National Park Service is able to work with America’s native communities to preserve their cultural heritage and connect people with traditions of the past.” 

From the preservation of a 16th century pueblo and petroglyphs on mesa cliffs in New Mexico, to creating video documentaries of traditional burial practices in Oklahoma, these projects are critical to preserving Tribal heritage for future generations. Other projects funded by these grants will locate and identify cultural resources, preserve historic properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places, support comprehensive preservation planning, preserve oral history and cultural traditions, provide training for building 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 . At least $500,000 in additional funding became available in the winter of 2020.

Projects receiving 2019 Tribal Heritage Grants:

 Tribe Project State Amount
Poarch Band of Creek Indians Trial Cemeteries Ground Penetrating Radar Project AL $14,500
Sealaska Corporation Development of a Tlingit Clan Crest Registry AK $49,976
Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona Establishment of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office AZ $50,000
Cahuilla Band of Indians Cahuilla Historical Teaching and Preservation Project CA $43,630
Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Tolay Park Cultural Education Project CA $49,436
San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians Recording Oral History and Cultural Traditions to Document and Preserve Kumeyaay Relationships of Identity and Place CA $49,905
Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Howonquet Indian Cemetery – Oral History Project of Cultural Traditions & Protocols CA $34,349
Chippewa Cree Cultural Resource Preservation Department Chippewa Cree Oral History & Documentation Cultural Traditions Grant MT $48,635
Pueblo of Isleta Locating and Identifying Cultural Resources NM $48,300
Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise Zuni Historic Preservation Ordinance and Historic Preservation Plan NM $48,000
Delaware Tribe of Indians Documenting and Teaching Cultural Traditions: Indexing and Cataloging Archival Materials OK $47,269
Nisqually Indian Tribe Establishing a Nisqually Tribal Historic Register through the nomination of three significant places in the squali-absch homeland WA $40,000

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Last updated: September 13, 2019