Tribal Research Policies, Processes and Protocols

To facilitate the respectful inclusion of TEK for on-the-ground ecosystem stewardship, the following American Indian tribes have freely and with informed consent, provided information about their policies, processes and protocols (PPP). Tribes are listed alphabetically, using the names from the January 17, 2017, Federal Register Notice Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.

A Tribe's listing on this site does not constitute commitment to participate in TEK projects. As sovereign nations, tribes reserve the right to determine research participation.

Researchers are encouraged to contact the office listed for more information and to initiate conversations about project ideas. Tribes and Indigenous communities without protocols or those wanting to update their protocols may use the contacts listed to learn about other tribes' policies, processes and protocols (PPP).

The Tribal Policies, Processes, and Protocols page relies heavily on a program developed in the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service in partnership with the University of Colorado-Denver. However, Tribes from across the United States are welcome to participate if they wish. Please Contact Us for more information or to have your information added to this list. If your tribe's information is listed and needs updated, please Contact Us.

Note: You will see the acronym "THPO" on the entries below. THPO stands for Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.

Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
Protocol: No
Contact: THPO
Phone: 405-275-4030
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, General Council
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns:
Interest Areas:
Verified: ET 11.21.2017

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
Protocol: Yes, depending on the level of involvement, inclusion of the Cultural Committee may be required
Contact: Historic Preservation Office
Phone: 936-563-1181 or 936-563-1116
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, any formal publication regarding the Tribe will require Tribal Council approval
Fee Structure: Yes, depending on the level of participation
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; use of information
Interest Areas: Medicinal; sacred places; materials of cultural sustainability; climate change
Verified: BC 01.04.2018

Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Cultural Department
Phone: 405-247-7494 or 405-247-9493
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case
Fee Structure: Case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Use of end product
Interest Areas: Plant use
Verified: DC 12.01.2017

Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming
Protocol: Under development
Contact:
Phone: 307-856-1628
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Advisory Board
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality
Interest Areas: Ancestral territory; riparian/wetland areas; using traditional names
Verified: DO 01.19.2018


Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 406-768-2382
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, THPO, Elder Cultural Preservation Board, and Tribal Council always; others are case-by-case
Fee Structure: Yes, determined case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Timeframes, science vs. culture, cultural appropriation, use of end product, authorship, confidentiality, language used for propositions and publications, adverse effects to cultural resources, ethics, transparency of project goals, misinterpretation, exploitation, respect, early consultation, cultural protocols
Interest Areas: Land mapping, tribal registry, ethnographies, migrations, language, ethnobotany, ecosystems, geologic record, flora & fauna, occupation along the Upper Missouri, Fort Peck Tribes (generational) history & culture
Verified: DY 02.28.2019

Bishop Paiute Tribe
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 760-873-8726
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, Tribal Council Resolution
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns:
Interest Areas: Traditional maintenance; invasive plant removal; endangered plants and fish; native foods; ancestral territory
Verified: MB 03.02.2018


Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of Montana
Protocol: Formal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 406-338-7522
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, IRB and THPO
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; identification of participants; academic rigor and soundness
Interest Areas: Beaver; Glacier National Park; all animals; birds; plants; water
Verified: JM 11.21.2017


Caddo Nation of Oklahoma
Protocol: No
Contact: Chairman
Phone: 405-656-2344
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Chairman
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality
Interest Areas:
Verified: DH 04.18.2019

Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of the Chemehuevi Reservation, California
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Director, Cultural Center
Phone: 760-858-1115
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; proprietary information
Interest Areas: Lower Colorado River
Verified: ML 11.21.2017

Cherokee Nation
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Executive Administration
Phone: 918-453-5000
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, IRB
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Tribal sponsor; benefit to Cherokee Nation
Interest Areas:
Verified: PG 12.08.2017


Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Oklahoma
Protocol: No
Contact: THPO
Phone: 405-422-7484
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: No
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns:
Interest Areas:
Verified: VR 12.06.2017

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota
Protocol: Under development
Contact: THPO
Phone: 605-964-7554
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: No
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; land safety
Interest Areas: Water
Verified: SV 12.01.2017


Chippewa-Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy's Reservation, Montana
Protocol: Under development
Contact: Chippewa Cree Cultural Resources Preservation Department
Phone: 406-395-4700 x101
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Business Council, Tribal Council Resolution
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Intellectual property, use of end product, confidentiality
Interest Areas: Plants, wetlands, rock effigies
Verified: JWB 10.26.2018

Cocopah Tribe of Arizona
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Cultural Resource Office
Phone: 928-627-4849
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Elders, Culture Resource Department
Fee Structure: None, unless field visits required
Issues/Concerns: Use of end product, benefit to the tribe, use of information, tribal sponsorship, confidentiality
Interest Areas: Traditional hunting practices, desert mule deer, screwbean parasites and diseases, cottonwood groves, mesquite bosques, forest ecology, traditional plants, panic grass, Cocopah traditional crops, genetic diversity, horny toad biology, salt cedar
Verified: JB 02.26.2019

Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 208-686-1572
PPP Link:
Permission Needed:
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Equitable compensation
Interest Areas:
Verified: JW 12.01.2017


Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Cold Springs EPA
Phone: 559-855-4443
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, Cold Springs EPA Director and Tribal Council
Fee Structure: Yes, amount determined case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, compensation, authorship, respect, ownership of information
Interest Areas: Climate change, Sierra Nevada, natural resources, fire
Verified: RG 12.19.2018

Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, Arizona and California
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Tribal Council
Phone: 928-669-1280
PPP Link: Human and Cultural Research Code, enacted October 1, 2009
Permission Needed: Tribal Council Resolution, Tribal Ethics Review Board
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; Freedom of Information Act: ownership of information; profits
Interest Areas:
Verified: RL 04.25.2018

Comanche Nation, Oklahoma
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO or NAGPRA offices
Phone: 580-492-3240
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case
Fee Structure: Case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality
Interest Areas: Climate change; wildlife, particularly buffalo; plants
Verified: MC 12.04.2017


Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Historic Preservation Office
Phone: 406-675-2700 x1077
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, Kootenai and/or Pend d’Oreille Culture Committees and Tribal Preservation Department
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, equitable compensation, authorship, use of end product, benefit to tribe, places considered sacred or proprietary, non-tribal members financially benefitting from tribal information, information released through Freedom of Information Act
Interest Areas: Climate change, white bark pine and ecosystem, traditional foods
Verified: MD 03.22.2018

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Archives and Records Department
Phone: 509 634-2148
PPP Link: https://www.colvilletribes.com/archives-records
Permission Needed: Archives and Records Department will contact appropriate tribal department(s), then respond to Researcher
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, end use of product, equitable compensation
Interest Areas: Forestry, fishing, traditional plants, mountains, Nez Perce Trail, archaeology, health and social issues, environmental concerns, wildlife management
Verified: GM 04.18.2019

Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Nevada and Utah
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Chairman
Phone: 435-234-1138
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: No
Fee Structure: Usually $100 per interview
Issues/Concerns:
Interest Areas: Climate change; water; fauna; flora
Verified: RS 11.21.2017

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Cultural Programs, Natural Resources, or Planning Department
Phone: 800 922-1399
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Planning Department and Tribal Council
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Review of rough draft, interpretations, end use of product, intellectual property rights, authorship, confidentiality, use of archival materials, accuracy of interpretation
Interest Areas: Environmental changes, forestry, agriculture, botany, restoration of plants and animals, entomology, western Oregon, northern California, southwestern Washington, languages, history, culture
Verified: RK 04.19.2019

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Communications Director
Phone: (541) 276-3165
PPP Link: https://ctuir.org/system/files/FINAL%20Historic%20Preservation%20Code_effective%2001-25-16.pdf
Permission Needed: Communications Director
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Intellectual property rights, ownership, confidentiality, authorship, end use of product
Interest Areas: Natural resources, fishing, hunting, forestry, fire
Verified: TFF 04.19.2019

Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Cultural Heritage and Natural Resources General Manager
Phone: 541-553-1161
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; review before publish
Interest Areas: First foods
Verified: RK 02.09.2018


Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of the Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota
Protocol: Under development
Contact: Chairman and THPO
Phone: 605-245-2221
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Chairman and THPO
Fee Structure: Yes, case-by-case depending on level of involvement
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, FOIA, proprietary information, protection of sacred sites/landscapes, data usage
Interest Areas: Environment, trees, farm chemicals, stone effigies, medicinal plants, cultural landscapes/properties
Verified: MM 03.01.2019

Death Valley Timbi-sha Shoshone Tribe
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Tribal Council
Phone: 760-872-3614
PPP Link:
Permission Needed:
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality
Interest Areas: Indigenous remedies
Verified: BD 02.13.2018

Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Environmental Program and THPO
Phone: 918-309-3205
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Culture Committee
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns:
Interest Areas: Riparian areas
Verified: BB 12.08.2017

Elk Valley Rancheria, California
Protocol: None
Contact: THPO
Phone: 707-465-2620
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: No
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality
Interest Areas: Climate change; marine research
Verified: CS 02.06.2018


Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota
Protocol: Underway
Contact: THPO
Phone: 605-997-3891
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: No
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Environmental safety
Interest Areas: Farm chemicals; water quality; indigenous plants; animal habitats; manmade underground waterways
Verified: GKH 11.21.2017

Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation of Montana
Protocol: Formal, Cultural Property Act of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Part IV (Permits), Sections 1-6, and other applicable Parts and sections of the Cultural Property Act.
Contact: THPO
Phone: 406-353-2293, 2294, 2295
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Confidentially; proprietary information; protection of sacred sites; land and water; review of research document(s) prior to publication
Interest Areas: Current reservation lands; treaty territories; aboriginal homelands; bison; medicinal and sacred plants
Verified: MBW 12.08.2017

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Community & Economic Development Division
Phone: 480-789-7742
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Tribal Council case-by-case
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns:
Interest Areas:
Verified: EM 12.07.2017


Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 520-562-7152
PPP Link: https://sites.google.com/view/az-consultation-toolkit/tribes/gila-river-indian-community Link may not be accessible to some agencies. Please contact your IT management.
Permission Needed: Case-by-case; Cultural Resource Standing Committee
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; equitable compensation; authorship; use of end product; early consultation

Interest Areas: Flora; fauna; water features; riparian areas; Akimel O’odham and Pee-Posh Traditional Cultural Places; Aboriginal Lands; Central-Southern Arizona
Verified: RW 01.26.2018

Hopi Tribe of Arizona
Protocol: Yes
Contact: Hopi Cultural Preservation Office
Phone: 928-734-3611
PPP Link: Hopi Research Protocols: http://www8.nau.edu/hcpo-p/ResProto.pdf
Intellectual Property Rights: http://www8.nau.edu/hcpo-p/intellectPropRights.html
Hopi Traditional Knowledge:
http://www8.nau.edu/hcpo-p/knowledge.html
Permission Needed: Yes
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Privacy; intellectual property; commoditization; commercialization; expropriation
Interest Areas:
Verified: SK 02.13.2018


Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Arizona
Protocol: Formal
Contact: THPO Office
Phone: 928-769-2223
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Tribal Council Resolution or THPO Office
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Review before publication, identification of participants
Interest Areas: Colorado River, Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon Dam, water resources, ethnobotany, ethno-zoology
Verified: PB 07.13.2018

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Protocol: None
Contact: Tribal Administrator
Phone: 405-547-2402
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case – Business Council and/or individual permissions
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Credit; confidentiality; use of end product
Interest Areas: Pollinators; bison; eagles; local botany; prairie ecosystems
Verified: RH 02.15.2018

Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 575-759-0062
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Individuals
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Use of end product; misappropriation; resources impacted
Interest Areas: Projects that facilitate traditional use access; ethnobotany
Verified: JB 12.06.2017


Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation, Arizona
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Preservation Office
Phone: 928-643-7365
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, possibly Tribal Council Resolution, THPO, Cultural Resources
Fee Structure: $150 per day, typically
Issues/Concerns: Accountability, respect, confidentiality, demeaning language, co-production of research
Interest Areas: Southwestern Colorado, Southern Utah, Northern Arizona, Southern California
Verified: CB 06.19.2018

Karuk Tribe
Protocol: Formal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 530-627-3446 x3015
PPP Link: http://www.karuk.us/images/docs/forms/Protocol_with_Agreement_for_Intellectual_Property_Rights_of_the_Karuk_Tribe.pdf
Permission Needed: Karuk Resource Advisory Board
Fee Structure: Case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Use of end product, authorship, exploitation of people and resources
Interest Areas: Strengthening connection between people and collection of resources (basket weaving, food gathering), fire restoration
Verified: AWT 11.13.2018

Kaw Nation, Oklahoma
Protocol: No
Contact: Environmental Department
Phone: 580-269-2552
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Cultural Committee Review
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; use of end product
Interest Areas: Climate change; water
Verified: CD11.24.2017


Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Legal Department
Phone: 503-719-4496
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, Tribal Council
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; staff time to complete
Interest Areas: Sturgeon; caribou and its habitat; traditional fish and animals
Verified: WB/KG 03.23.2018

Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians of the Las Vegas Indian Colony, Nevada
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Cultural Representative
Phone: 702-386-3926 or 702-351-3834
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: No
Fee Structure: Case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Plants and secret sites
Interest Areas: Southern Nevada
Verified: KA 02.16.2018

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Tribal Council Chairman and Cultural Resources Program
Phone: 605-473-5561
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Elder Committee
Fee Structure: Situational
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality
Interest Areas: Riparian areas; agriculture; pollination; resource protection
Verified: BM 12.06.2017

Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Cansayapi Cultural Department
Phone: 507-697-8672
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, Consultation
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Pre-decisional scoping and planning processes
Interest Areas: Historic and cultural preservation initiatives; sacred site protection; ground-disturbance activity within exterior boundaries of tribal territories
Verified: CSJ 02.27.2018


Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 575-464-3005
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case
Fee Structure: Case-by-case, usually $100 per day
Issues/Concerns: Use of end product; involvement in project development; completion of site form
Interest Areas: Water; springs; identifying ecological areas
Verified: HH 02.06.2018


Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Historic Preservation Office
Phone: 928-871-7198
PPP Link: http://nptao.arizona.edu/navajo-nation
Permission Needed: Yes, permit needed
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns:
Interest Areas: Colorado River, climate change, flora and fauna, feral horses
Verified: TB 03.08.2018

Nez Perce Tribe
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Cultural Resource Program
Phone: 208-621-3850
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; intellectual property rights; use of information; equality with western science
Interest Areas: Co-management opportunities
Verified: KB 01.25.2018


North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians
Protocol: No
Contact: Environmental Department
Phone: 559-877-2461
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Tribal Council Resolution
Fee Structure: Yes, various rates
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, protection of sacred areas and archaeological sites, protection of vistas
Interest Areas: Tribal forest protection act projects, land management
Verified: CM 10.18.2018

Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana
Protocol: Yes, request formal written project proposals/consultation letters
Contact: THPO
Phone: 406-477-4838
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: THPO; Cultural Commission; Tribal Council (case-by-case)
Fee Structure: In process
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; early consultation notification; site protection; medicinal plants
Interest Areas: All Cheyenne trust and ancestral lands
Verified: TML 11.28.2017

Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Cultural Resources Department
Phone: 435-734-2286
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: No
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Working with federal and military organizations
Interest Areas: Ancestral land areas
Verified: PMT 12.08.2017


Oglala Sioux Tribe
Protocol: No
Contact: Historic Preservation Office/Cultural Affairs
Phone: 605-867-2098
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Elders Council
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality
Interest Areas: Energy projects (solar, wind, pipeline, uranium); flint knapping areas
Verified: TLH 12.06.2017


Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Chairman and THPO
Phone: 580-723-4466
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case
Fee Structure: Case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, collaborative research
Interest Areas: Current and ancestral lands
Verified: EW 06.12.2018

Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma
Protocol: No
Contact: THPO
Phone: 918-542-6162
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case, Board review
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns:
Interest Areas:
Verified: RH 12.04.2017


Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Department of Language and Culture
Phone: (520) 879-5939
PPP Link: https://www.pascuayaqui-nsn.gov/index.php/law-order-tribal-code ( scroll to Part VII)
Permission Needed: Committee approval, Tribal Council, and Tribal Chairman
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: End use of product, community enrichment, equitable compensation, cultural norms followed in research and interpretations
Interest Areas: Water, rivers, riparian zones, Yaqui catfish
Verified: FL 04.23.2019

Passamaquoddy Tribe
Protocol:
Formal and Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 207-796-2301
PPP Link:
Permission Needed:
Yes, THPO and final approval by the Chief and Council
Fee Structure: Varies according to project consultation
Issues/Concerns: Copyright; ownership; approval before dissemination; appropriate use of information; avoiding commercialization; collaborate with tribe throughout research design
Interest Areas: Ecological knowledge found in songs; open to ideas, especially that benefit the tribe
Verified: DS 04.02.2019

Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
Protocol: No
Contact: THPO
Phone: 918-762-2180
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Culture Committee
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns:
Interest Areas:
Verified: MR 11.21.2017

Penobscot Nation
Protocol: Under development
Contact: THPO
Phone: 207-817-7471
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: THPO, Penobscot Tribal Rights and Resources Protection Board
Fee Structure: Case-by-Case, In development
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, Sustainability, Adverse effects to cultural resources, Intellectual Property
Interest Areas: Plants for foods, crafts, and medicines; sustainable harvesting
Verified: CS 03.26.2019

Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
Protocol: No
Contact: Cultural Resources
Phone: 918-540-2535
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case, Business Council
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Revealing locations of resources
Interest Areas: Riparian areas
Verified: LP 12.04.2017


Pinoleville Pomo Nation, California
Protocol: Formal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 707-463-1454
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Cultural Committee and Tribal Council
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, use of end product must have the Pinoleville Pomo Nation’s approval, use of cultural information beyond the scope of the proposed research is not permitted without PPN’s permission, information is for the sole use in the approved project and not to be used elsewhere
Interest Areas: Language preservation, native plant preservation and restoration, cultural and historic sites, all Pinoleville Pomo Nation original territorial boundaries, all ground disturbance activity of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation original territorial boundaries, natural springs, waterways, Ackerman Creek, salmon, and steelhead, ceremonial protections, burial sites
Verified: AJ 05.01.2019

Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
Protocol: Under development
Contact: THPO
Phone: 580-763-0120
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Business Committee
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Benefit to tribe, use of end product, tribal sponsorship, confidentiality
Interest Areas: Ecological health of ancestral territory
Verified: HC 06.20.2018

Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico
Protocol: None
Contact: THPO
Phone: 505-552-5127
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Acoma Historic Preservation Advisory Board
Fee Structure: Informal, case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, use of end product, revealing the location of resources, review before publication
Interest Areas: Protection of cultural and natural resources, environmental monitoring, protection of sites
Verified: DG 05.30.2018

Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Phone: 505-465-3120
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Governor’s Office
Fee Structure: Depends on project
Issues/Concerns: Alignment with cultural values, co-production of research, early consultation, reciprocity, confidentiality
Interest Areas: Biodiversity, ecosystem health, water
Verified: JR 10.30.2018

Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO or Tribal Administration
Phone: 575-834-7696 or 575-834-7359
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, THPO and Tribal Administration
Fee Structure: Negotiated
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, who takes control, credit, use of end product
Interest Areas: Riparian areas, Jemez River, Vallecitos River, climate change, nonnative invasive species, fire and forests, ancestral lands, natural and cultural resources
Verified: CT 10.03.2018

Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 505-552-5033
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: THPO; THPO Advisory Board Review; Pueblo Council (case-by-case)
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Purpose of research; confidentiality; proprietary information; use of end product
Interest Areas: All Laguna and ancestral lands; water
Verified: AMR 12.04.2017


Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico
Protocol: Under development
Contact: Governor’s Office, Administrator
Phone: 575-587-2519
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Governor’s Office
Fee Structure: Case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Misquotes, prioritizing western science over tribal perspectives, confidentiality, use of end product, revealing the location of resources, review before publication
Interest Areas: Travel routes, bison, Pot Creek, rock gardens, protection of natural and cultural resources, environmental monitoring, protection of sites
Verified: JA 10.02.2018

Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico
Protocol: Under development
Contact: THPO
Phone: 505-455-5505
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Depends on size and scope: Cultural Advisory Board, Tribal Council Resolution
Fee Structure: Staff – no; community members - $100
Issues/Concerns: Benefit to the pueblo, confidentiality, use of end product must have pueblo’s approval, use of cultural information beyond the scope of the proposed research is not permitted without pueblo’s permission, information is for the sole use in the approved project and not to be used elsewhere
Interest Areas: Traditional use areas, heirloom varieties of corn, bison
Verified: BB 10.29.2018

Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 505-455-4148
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: THPO and Advisory Board
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, use of end product
Interest Areas: Traditional use areas
Verified: BV 10.01.2018

Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico
Protocol: Under development
Contact: Office of Rights Protection and THPO
Phone: 505-753-7326
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Santa Clara Pueblo Cultural Committee and Santa Clara Pueblo Tribal Council
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; accuracy
Interest Areas: Traditional land areas
Verified: BC 12.05.2017


Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Governor’s Office, THPO
Phone: 505-983-2667
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Governor’s Office
Fee Structure: Case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, mutual benefit to tribe, academic rigor, researcher qualifications, receipt of final product, percentage of royalties for scholarships
Interest Areas: Health of traditional lands, pollution, traditional foods, seed sovereignty, GMO impacts on ecology
Verified: MM 9.06.2018

Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Department of Environmental Resources
Phone: 505-867-3304 x213
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, depends on project—permit from THPO, Administrative Team or Cultural Preservation, Tribal Council Resolution
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Shrine locations, traditional plant use
Interest Areas: None
Verified: DA 09.06.2018

Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, California & Arizona
Protocol: Under development
Contact: Quechan Tribal President c/o Quechan Cultural Committee Chairperson
Phone: 928-750-2516
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Tribal Council
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; accuracy
Interest Areas: Traditional use areas
Verified: MS 12.04.2017


Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota
Protocol: Formal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 605-747-4255
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Culture Committee
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Being informed of ongoing projects
Interest Areas: Traditional cultural landscapes; plants and animals
Verified: BR 02.06.2018


Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Protocol: Formal – Haudenosaunee Standing Committee on Burials and Burial Regulations
Contact: THPO
Phone: 518-358-2272 Ext. 2163
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-Case, THPO
Fee Structure: Determined on level of involvement
Issues/Concerns: Use/ownership of end product, exploitation of people and resources, confidentiality, sacred areas/sites, FOIA
Interest Areas: Traditional cultural practices, environmental knowledge, traditional ceremonial landscapes, food crops, medicines, wampum belts, medicinal plants, water use
Verified: ALP 12.31.2018

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona)
Protocol: In Development
Contact: Cultural Preservation Program
Phone: 480-362-6325
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Permit
Fee Structure: In Development
Issues/Concerns: Cultural impacts, environmental impacts, sovereignty, confidentiality, academic exploitation, equitable compensation, use of end product
Interest Areas: Cultural Resources, environmental resources, climate change, hydrology, impacts to sacred plant and animal habitat, cultural plants that support cultural practices
Verified: AGL 07.30.2018

San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 928-475-5797
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, THPO Office, Tribal Council, Elders Cultural Advisory Council
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, use of end product, identification of participants, equitable compensation, collaborative research
Interest Areas: Traditional foods, land stewardship, water, medicine, ancestral territory, connection to the land, wilderness areas, use of traditional names
Verified: VG 05.24.2018

Seneca Nation of Indians
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 716-945-1790
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes. THPO
Fee Structure: Private sector, Yes. Otherwise, not structured
Issues/Concerns: Appropriate credit and reference to Nation for information, contact archives department
Interest Areas: Native grasses, landscape restoration, ritual landscapes, mounds
Verified: JT 04.03.2019

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma
Protocol: No
Contact: THPO
Phone: 918-787-5452 x6061
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Ceremonial protections, burial locations
Interest Areas: Buffalo, seeds, landscape management, traditional foods
Verified: WT 09.06.2018

Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming
Protocol: Formal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 307-335-2081
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Tribal Council Resolution
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Ground disturbance impacts, early consultation, review before publication, collaborative project development, use of end product, confidentiality
Interest Areas: Ecological health of traditional lands, hydrology, Missouri River headwaters, ethnobotany, food
Verified: JM 06.13.2018

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Cultural Resource Coordinator
Phone: 208-236-1086
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Business Council Review
Fee Structure: Case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Authorship; confidentiality
Interest Areas:
Verified: YT 06.05.2018

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota
Protocol: Formal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 605-698-3584 or 605-698-8225
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Permit process according to Tribal code; case-by-case - the Sisseton Wahpeton Cultural Preservation Board and/or Tribal Council may be required
Fee Structure: Established fee schedule and case-by-case basis
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, use of information and ownership of data
Interest Areas: Ancestral Homelands, Culture and History. Archeological and Traditional Cultural Properties
Verified: DD 02.26.2018

Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Cultural Preservation Department
Phone: 970-563-2984
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, Cultural Preservation Department
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Intellectual property; confidentiality; use of the end product
Interest Areas: ethnographic studies
Verified: EB 03.06.2018


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota
Protocol: Formal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 701-854-8645
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case
Fee Structure: Case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; use of the end product; equitable compensation
Interest Areas:
Verified: JE 02.14.2018


Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation
Protocol: Formal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 360-394-8529
PPP Link: https://suquamish.nsn.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Chapter-2.2.pdf
Permission Needed: Tribal Council, Suquamish Tribal Museum Board of Trustees
Fee Structure: $200
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, retaining intellectual property rights, use of end product, access, identification of participants
Interest Areas: Collaborative management, marine resources, climate change adaptation, ocean acidification, sea level rise, fire, snowpack
Verified: DL 08.06.2018

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Historic Preservation Department
Phone: 580-924-8280
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Memorandum of Agreement
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Equal partnership in research
Interest Areas: Restoration; ancestral lands; removed lands
Verified: IT 11.22.2017


The Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Protocol: No
Contact: Cultural Resources
Phone: 918-732-7678
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case; IRB
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; use of end product
Interest Areas: Archaeological and historic property sites
Verified: RB 11.27.2017

The Osage Nation
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 918-287-5328
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Traditional Cultural Advisors Committee
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; appropriate and collaborative research
Interest Areas: Throughout ancestral lands in 15 states; significant plants and animals; water; sacred landscapes
Verified: AH 11.22.2017


The Quapaw Tribe of Indians
Protocol: No
Contact: THPO
Phone: 918-238-3100
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Business Committee or Cultural Committee
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Use of end product, benefit to tribe, confidentiality, authorship
Interest Areas:
Verified: EB 9.07.2018

Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 701-862-2474
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: THPO
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, use of proprietary knowledge
Interest Areas: Preservation of knowledge, preservation of medicinal plants
Verified: PC 05.01.2019

Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Cultural Resources
Phone: 520-383-3622
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns:
Interest Areas: Cultural landscapes; processing sites for saguaro and acorns; plant gathering areas; streams
Verified: PS 03.01.2018


Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation (previously listed as the Smith River Rancheria, California
Protocol: Under development
Contact: THPO
Phone: 707-487-9255
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, research must be tribally-led
Fee Structure: Typically, stipends provided to interviewees; no fee structure for tribal staff
Issues/Concerns: Potential impacts to natural and cultural resources within Tribal aboriginal territory
Interest Areas:
Verified: KL 02.27.2018


Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO or NAGPRA
Phone: 5801-628-2561x108 or 580-628-7027
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: No
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; appropriate and collaborative research
Interest Areas: Ancestral homelands
Verified: RM 03.06.2018


Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona
Protocol: No
Contact: THPO
Phone: 928-474-5000
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: THPO
Fee Structure: Depends on project
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, ownership of information
Interest Areas:
Verified: WD 06.12.2018

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 701-477-2640
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, Tribal Council and Elders
Fee Structure: Case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality
Interest Areas: Ancestral lands
Verified: JD 01.23.2018


Tuscarora Nation
Protocol: No
Contact: Environment Office
Phone: 716-264-6011, menu #2
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Environment Office
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Exploitation, unauthorized use, site protection, access, confidentiality
Interest Areas: Climate change
Verified: BP 03.26.2019

United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma
Protocol: No
Contact: Cultural Resources
Phone: 918-458-6717
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: No
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality
Interest Areas: Youth involvement with ancestral lands
Verified: EOV 12.06.2017

Upper Sioux Community, Minnesota
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO and Tribal Council
Phone: 320-564-6334
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case; THPO or Tribal Council
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, purpose of research, appropriation of Indigenous knowledge

Interest Areas: Ancestral Lands of the Dakota/Oceti Sakowin and all resources within them
Verified: SO 01.30.2018


Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah
Protocol: Under development
Contact: Cultural Rights and Protections Office
Phone: 435-725-7224
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Tribal Council Resolution, Access permit
Fee Structure: Yes, $200-300 depending
Issues/Concerns: Collaboration, co-authorship, mutual benefit, co-development of research design, intellectual property rights, use of end product, ownership and access to published research
Interest Areas: Ethnobotany
Verified: BC 12.19.2018

Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah
Protocol: Under development
Contact: THPO
Phone: 970-564-5731
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Possibly, depends on project
Fee Structure: Yes. May include a daily rate and travel expenses
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; non-disclosure; access
Interest Areas: Plant use; native foods; ancestral territories; water
Verified: NS 06-18.2018

Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California
Protocol: No
Contact: THPO – primary; Environmental Department - secondary
Phone: 775-265-8600
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Ability to redact; retain rights to tribal input; confidentiality
Interest Areas: Natural and cultural environments within Washoe ancestral lands
Verified: DC 12.06.2017

White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona
Protocol: Yes, initiate proposals with the tribe’s Tribal Project Plans Review (TPPR) Committee
Contact: Environmental Protection Office
Phone: 928-338-4325
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: TPPR and final approval from the Tribal Council
Fee Structure: Depends on the project
Issues/Concerns: Purpose of research and its intent to utilize and/or publish its findings
Interest Areas: Sensitive species; cultural and heritage resources; water and mineral resources
Verified: MA 11.28.2017


Wiyot Tribe, California
Protocol: No
Contact: Cultural Preservation Office
Phone: 707-733-5055
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case; Tribal Council
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; appropriation of Native knowledge
Interest Areas: Restoration of traditional landscapes
Verified: TH 01.25.2018


Wyandotte Nation
Protocol: None
Contact: Tribal Heritage Center
Phone: 918-678-6344
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: The elders
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality
Interest Areas: Intergenerational transfer of knowledge
Verified: SC 03.26.2019

Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota
Protocol: Formal
Contact: Tribal Chairman and THPO
Phone: 605-384-3641
PPP Link:

Permission Needed: Yes, Ihanktonwan Consultation Wo’ope: Protocols for Consultation with the Yankton Sioux Tribe
Fee Structure: Yes
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; equitable compensation; authorship; use of end product; tribal involvement in planning stages
Interest Areas:
Ancestral territory; traditional botany; inherent rights; protection of water
Verified: KSE 02.02.2018

Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Arizona
Protocol: Informal, depending on which tribe
Contact: Appropriate Cultural Committee
Phone: 928-567-3649
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Case-by-case
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality; use of end product
Interest Areas:
Verified: CC 02.09.2018


Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Cultural Research Department
Phone: 928-515-7202
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Cultural Research Department
Fee Structure: Case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Intellectual property rights, confidentiality, equitable compensation, authorship, end use of product
Interest Areas: Anything directly related to the tribe
Verified: LO 05.20.2019

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
Protocol: Informal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 530-796-3400
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Tribal Council, case-by-case
Fee Structure: Case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Confidentiality, use of end product
Interest Areas: Ancestral lands, ground disturbance, GIS
Verified: LB 12.17.2018

Yurok Tribe of the Yurok Reservation, California
Protocol: Formal
Contact: THPO
Phone: 707-482-1350 x1309
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Yes, Cultural Committee, then Tribal Council
Fee Structure: Case-by-case
Issues/Concerns: Commercialization, identification of participants, collaborative research development, use of end product
Interest Areas: Klamath River, ocean ecology, redwoods, dam removal, biodiversity, marine mammals, condors, environmental toxins, history, culture, economic development
Verified: RC 02.25.2019

Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico
Protocol: Informal
Contact: Cultural Resources
Phone: 505-782-4814
PPP Link:
Permission Needed: Tribal Council
Fee Structure: No
Issues/Concerns: Use of end product; confidentiality; ability to redact
Interest Areas: Springs and waterways; aquatic life; avian and terrestrial life
Verified: KD 01.23.2018

Last updated: May 20, 2019