Why I Should Attend?

Tribal historic and cultural properties are often at risk when development occurs on tribal lands.  The federal government, as trustee for tribal nations, is required by federal laws to consult with tribes on potential impacts to tribal cultural properties.  The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) are intended to protect and preserve historic an archaeological sites.  The National Park Service (NPS) provides discretionary funding to tribes for Tribal Historic Preservation Programs, and funding for tribal heritage grants and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) projects.

Indian tribes operate Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO) through which they operate programs intended to protect tribal cultural and historic properties.  The Public Law 93-638, Indian Self-Determination & Education Assistance Act, allows tribal nations to assume direct operation of federal programs serving tribes, including Historic Preservation Programs.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for elected tribal officials, tribal historic preservation officers, boards of directors and commissions, program managers, finance and accounting staff, grants and contracts staff, tribal attorneys, federal contracting staff including awarding officials, AOTRs, federal line officers and tribal consultants.

What Will I Learn?

Archaeological resources are an irreplaceable part of America`s heritage and tribal heritage.  These resources become increasingly endangered because of the escalating commercial value of tribal lands that often contain archaeological resources.  The main focus of ARPA is on the regulation of legitimate archaeological investigation and enforcement of penalties against those who loot or vandalize archaeological resources.

Learn how we can mitigate archaeological sites or alter construction projects to protect valuable and sacred cultural properties.

Learn what tribes can do to protect these cultural resources from those that want to steal, damage and deface these sites.

Come learn from our team of instructors who have years of actual, on-the-ground experience!