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Quapaw Pow Wow

Quapaw Pow Wow

Quapaw Pow Wow at the Quapaw Pow Wow Grounds, also known as Beaver Springs, in Quapaw, Oklahoma. This area hosts the annual Quapaw Pow Wow which is annual celebration and reunion for our tribal nation and visitors which goes back 150 years.

Archaeological field school

Archaeological field school on Makah Reservation, led by THPO

Lakota, Dakota, Nakota riders. Horse societies bring peace.

Lakota, Dakota, Nakota riders.

Horse societies bring peace.

Fort Belknap Tribal Lands

Pala’s Swinging Bridge

over the San Luis Rey River was built in the early 1900s and was the only way for people to cross the river during floods.

Nanih Waiya Mound

Nanih Waiya Mound, erected over 1,000 years ago, is likely the “Mother” mound referred to in Choctaw legend. In 1828, Chief Greenwood Laflore used the mound for a national assembly to make laws to bring harmony with white civilization during the Choctaw Emigration from Mississippi (1830-1840). Many have said they would never abandon their “Mother” as long as she stands.

Coeur d’Alene

Coeur d’Alene Tribe THPO and Hndesnet (Culture Program) staff working with summer youth interns on recognition of historically peeled cedar trees, the practices surrounding the harvest and traditional uses of cedar bark.

Welcome to the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers

The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (NATHPO) is a non-profit membership organization of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) that supports and encourages Tribal historic preservation programs. We provide guidance to preservation officials, elected representatives, and the public about national historic preservation legislation, policies, and regulations. We promote Tribal sovereignty, develop partnerships, and advocate for Tribes in governmental activities on preservation and funding issues.


Registration is live for NATHPO's return to an IN-PERSON Annual Conference!
23rd Annual NATHPO Conference: 13-17 February 2023.
This year's theme is Voices of Truth: Our Knowledge, Our Power


NATHPO's Executive Director, Valerie Grussing was interviewed for THPO Talk by Sheila Bird and is available on the THPO Talk website.

New Guide Aims to Help Change Derogatory Place Names on Public Lands
A Guide To Changing Racist and Offensive Place Names in the United States — co-sponsored by NATHPO and The Wilderness Society —  provides a step-by-step tutorial on how to apply to name or rename offensive places through the U.S. The free guide also provides advice for engaging Tribes, local communities, and state naming authorities.


Before and After Disasters Guide

Intended to illustrate ways the federal government may assist historic preservation offices following a presidentially declared disaster. It contains information on preparedness, response, recovery, and a checklist for each.

Before and After Disasters: Guidance for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Leaders on Working with FEMA, NPS, and Other Federal Agencies

NATHPO was interviewed for Yellowstone at 150: Can Indigenous Stewardship Save Our Parks? which has launched across the Public Television network and is now also available on The Laura Flanders Show YouTube Channel

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