Tribal Historic Preservation Office Functions under NHPA
The Tribal Historic Preservation Office operates per the authority of the Tribal Council, as advised by the Advisory Review Board and as further stipulated by our THPO Memorandum of Understanding with the National Park Service. In 2018, the Tribe applied and was approved by the National Park Service to operate the THPO responsibility on Tribal Lands. Previously, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) operated these functions. Taking on these responsibilities is an active expression of MBPI’s sovereignty to oversee and protect their lands, culture and history.
The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) established a partnership between the federal government and tribal, state, and local governments to protect, preserve, and review the responsible use of historic properties, defined as places included in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Section 106 of the NHPA created the framework for consultation requiring federal agencies to consider the proposed undertaking’s impact on historic properties before implementation, including determining how properties may be affected and resolving any adverse effects to such property. To review the full text of the NHPA, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/history/local-law/nhpa1966.htm