23rd Annual NATHPO Conference
Dr. Valerie Grussing presenting at the 23rd Annual NATHPO Conference. Photo credit: Niibing Giizis, Marcella Hadden.
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.
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 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.
NATHPO's 2023 Protecting Native Places Fund is accepting applications through May 26, 2023!
Eighteen $5,000 grants are available to NATHPO members*! Apply today!
*See Membership page for details of Membership
Following our March 23 webinar with The Wilderness Society on Protecting Tribal Cultural Sites and the Role of the Bureau of Land Management, here is the report on Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs).
Join us for opportunities for creating partnerships with Tribal Nations and protecting cultural lands through Bureau of Land Management rulemaking webinar: Tuesday, June 6th, 2023, 1 PM MDT/3:00 EDT (one-hour). You must register in advance.
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
Mark Your Calendar & Register for Events
There are more than 200 NPS-recognized THPOs. These Indian Tribes have assumed the responsibilities of the State Historic Preservation Officers for their respective Tribal lands. These 200+ sovereign governments have a land base exceeding 50 million acres spanning 30 states.
Job postings, available internships, and grant opportunities provided to NATHPO from you, our community, partners, and other Tribal & cultural resource organizations and firms.
NATHPO is a national non-profit membership organization that empowers Tribal preservation leaders to protect culturally important places that perpetuate Native identity, resilience, and cultural endurance.