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National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (NATHPO)

NATHPO is the only national organization devoted to supporting Tribal historic preservation programs. Founded in 1998, NATHPO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership association of Tribal government officials who implement federal and Tribal preservation laws. NATHPO empowers Tribal preservation leaders protecting culturally important places that perpetuate Native identity, resilience, and cultural endurance. Connections to cultural heritage sustain the health and vitality of Native peoples.

NATHPO supports and encourages Tribal Historic Preservation Programs. NATHPO provides guidance to preservation officials, elected representatives, and the public about national historic preservation legislation, policies, and regulations.  NATHPO promotes Tribal sovereignty, develops partnerships, and advocates for Tribes in governmental activities on preservation issues.

Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) have the responsibilities of State Historic Preservation Officers on Tribal lands and advise and work with federal agencies on the management of Tribal historic properties. THPOs also preserve and rejuvenate the unique cultural traditions, practices, and languages of their Tribal communities.

NATHPO Meeting