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Home Working with Section 106 ACHP Office of Native American Affairs
The Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA), established in 1998, oversees the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s (ACHP’s) Native American initiatives. ONAA staff also works closely with the ACHP’s tribal/Native Hawaiian member to address critical issues brought to the ACHP by Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations (NHOs), and intertribal organizations.
ONAA’s primary responsibilities are:
What does ONAA do?
Supports ACHP policy development
ONAA staff regularly develops general guidance regarding consultation with Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations as well as targeted, issue-specific guidance.
In 2011 the ONAA published guidance entitled, “Consultation with Native Hawaiian Organizations in the Section 106 Review Process: A Handbook.” (PDF)
In 2008, the ONAA published updated guidance entitled, “Consultation with Indian Tribes in the Section 106 Review Process: A Handbook.” (PDF) This step-by-step guide is intended to assist federal agencies in consulting with Indian tribes but will be useful to all Section 106 participants.
Assistance to Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations
ONAA staff is always available via telephone or e-mail to provide assistance to Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations regarding Section 106 consultation. ONAA can serve as the gateway for tribal staff and NHO members to other ACHP offices.
Assistance to federal agencies
ONAA staff is available to answer basic questions about consultation with tribal or Native Hawaiian organizations and to work with the ACHP’s Office of Federal Agency Programs on reviews of projects and programs with tribal or Native Hawaiian interest.
List of Native Hawaiian Organizations (Department of the Interior, Office of Hawaiian Relations)
Government to Government Consultation
Project and program review
ONAA staff may also participate in Section 106 reviews with OFAP staff at the request of a tribe, NHO, or federal agency.
ONAA staff participates in the Interagency Working Group on Indian Affairs (IWGIA), an informal, government-wide group of agency representatives who work with tribal governments. IWGIA’s mission is to foster interagency collaboration and coordination and to improve federal-tribal consultation and the delivery of services to Indian tribes.
ONAA also represents the ACHP on the Native Hawaiian Federal Interagency Working Group along with the Departments of Defense and the Interior. The working group provides assistance to federal agencies regarding consultation with Native Hawaiian organizations.
National Trust Publication Outlines Sacred Sites Protection LawsIn December 2014, the National Trust for Historic Preservation released a new publication that can assist tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations seeking support for protection of sacred and other cultural sites. Preserving Native American Places: A Guide to Federal Laws and Policies that Help Protect Cultural Resources and Sacred Sites is a well-organized and easy-to-use guide for non-specialists seeking general guidance on relevant laws that can assist with protection of places with cultural, historical, and religious significance to tribes across the country. The document can be accessed here.
Updated April 8, 2015