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.
2023 Protecting Native Places Grant Recipients
For the second year in a row, NATHPO, in partnership with The Wilderness Society, is awarding grants to member THPOs to support them in areas where their sacred work intersects with the management of public lands. Find out who this year's recipients are and learn more about NATHPO's Protecting Native Places Fund.
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.
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.
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.