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Tribal Historic Preservation Programs

California has been home to a wide diversity of people for more than 14,000 years. The Office of Historic Preservation is pleased to partner with Native American tribal groups, organizations, and individuals in the identification, evaluation, protection, and preservation of our state's important cultural resources. In the interest of furthering such partnerships as well as providing resources for participants in regulatory processes, OHP's web page offers links to various programs and guidance. We invite you to explore the information offered here and on our other tribal-related pages.


Developing a Tribal Historic Preservation Plan

Native American Involvement in the Section 106 Proces

Tribal Historic Preservation Officers Program (THPOs)

National Park Service Tribal Historic Preservation Program  


News from the U.S. Department of the Interior Indian Affairs

Presidential Proclamation Recognizing National American Heritage Month 2016
President Obama recognized November as Native American Heritage Month by issuing the traditional presidential proclamation, calling on all Americans to take the opportunity to learn about and honor the histories and achievements of Native Americans. Read the full text here.

California Tribes Receive Historic Preservation Grants
Two California tribes, the Karuk Tribe and the Tejon Indian Tribe, were among sixteen tribes nationwide awarded 2016 Historic Preservation Fund Grants (Tribal Heritage Grants) from the National Park Service (NPS). The grants will support projects that preserve and protect native cultures and resources. Visit the NPS Tribal Heritage Grants webpage for information about the grant program and to see a list of the awarded tribes and projects.

NPS Announces New Federal Rules for Tribal Plant Gathering
On July 12, 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) announced new federal rules for tribal plant gathering. The rule authorizes agreements between the National Park Service and federally recognized tribes that will facilitate the continuation of tribal cultural practices on lands within areas of the National Park System where those practices traditionally occurred, without causing significant adverse impact to park resources or values. This rule respects those tribal cultural practices, furthers the government-to-government relationship between the United States and the tribes, and provides sytem-wide consistency for this aspect of National Park Service-tribal relations. Click here to view and download the text of the new rules.