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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

Preservation Fellowship Opportunity for Native Students
The ACHP Alumni Foundation (Foundation) is sponsoring a 10-12 week scholar position with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) for Fall 2017. The position is available to a college or university student who is American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. This position will work with and learn the day to day operations of the ACHP Office of Native American Affairs. Click here for details and to apply. The application deadline is May 30, 2017.

Scholarship Funds Designated for American Indian and Alaska Native Students
On January 11, 2017, the Secretary of the Interior announced that an additional $7.9 million was transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship is funded in part by the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations and provides financial assistance to students pursuing post-secondary and graduate education. Read the full press release 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.