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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.

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.

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.

Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska

Lakota, Dakota, Nakota riders.

Horse societies bring peace.

Archaeological field school

Archaeological field school on Makah Reservation, led by THPO

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.


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NATHPO thanks President Biden for his official proclamation of October 11, 2021 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Every day at NATHPO, we celebrate the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognize their inherent sovereignty, and commit to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations.

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