Tribal Sovereignty and Preservation

(Washington)-Five Native Tribes have made historic advances in their sovereignty.

Recently, five new Tribal Historic Preservation agreements were completed and signed.

Once signed, the Tribal Historic Preservation Offices transfer certain historic preservation responsibilities to tribes that would otherwise be the responsibility of the state.

The National Parks Service has the responsibility under the National Historic Preservation Act to administer the Tribal Historic Preservation Program. National Park Service Director Chuck Sams said, “The National Park Service is privileged to help Tribes take one more step to expressing their sovereignty by assuming historic preservation responsibilities to Tribal lands.”

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