Picture Caption: The photograph above features Paiute women cleaning kiya (pine cones) in preparation for the tuba nuga (pinenut dance). This is a thanksgiving celebration of food and life. From left to right: Charlene Bowman, Dolly Manuelito, Kinsinta Joseph, and Angie Lewis. Photograph courtesy of the Bishop Paiute Tribal Historic Preservation Office.


The National Park Service (NPS) works with with Indian Tribes, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and national organizations to preserve and protect resources and traditions that are of importance to Native Americans.  The NPS Tribal Historic Preservation Program (THPP) reviews and approves applications from federally recognized Tribes to establish Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs) under Section 101 of the National Historic Preservation Act. On behalf of the Act, NPS enters into Memoranda of Agreements with the tribes who apply. Tribes submit annual reports of their accomplishments. Also, these tribes may choose to apply for funding through the office of State, Tribal, Local Plans and Grants.
 

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Find a THPO

Use this link to find the THPO of a particular Tribe

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THPO Application

Here you can find the most updated THPO Program application. Use this application and application guidance to craft your THPO program plan.

Carving tools project funded by Historic Preservation Fund Grant to the Quinault Indian Nation

Annual THPO Grants

A modest amount of annual funding is available to support THPOs who have entered into an agreement with the National Park Service.

Facts and Stata

THPO Statistics

Summed statistics as reported on THPO accomplishments Reports

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Vignettes of THPO Accomplishments

Vignettes of THPO Accomplishments as noted on their annual reports

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THPP 25th Anniversary Report

This issue highlights successes from across the nation and the close preservation partnerships that have developed over the years.

Last updated: April 5, 2022