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ACHP Chairman Nau Addresses National Congress of American Indians Conference

PHOENIX – John L. Nau, III, chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), today discussed how to continue the momentum achieved over the past seven years toward improved tribal-federal agency consultation and coordination in the new executive branch Administration.

The venue for the Nau remarks was the panel on Improving Tribal Consultation in the Next Administration at the 65th Annual Conference of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).

Nau’s remarks focused on three areas: training for the federal work force, executive-level coordination and oversight, and collaboration with Indian tribes. “The importance of continuing interagency collaboration on tribal issues is critically important,” Nau said. “We need interagency groups such as the Indian Affairs Executive Working Group to continue in the next Administration. This working group was established by the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to promote greater coordination and collaboration among federal agencies, and it is making a difference.”

Under Nau’s leadership, the ACHP has been dedicated to improving consultation between federal agencies and Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations on federal historic preservation issues. It also has created a Native American Advisory Group (NAAG) with 13 members, 12 representing Indian tribes and one representing a Native Hawaiian organization, to better inform the ACHP regarding tribal issues.

Contact: Valerie Hauser

About the ACHP: An independent, federal agency, the ACHP promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation’s historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. By its establishing law, the ACHP includes an American Indian or Native Hawaiian representative among its 23 council members. It also provides a forum for influencing federal activities, programs, and policies that affect historic properties. In addition, the ACHP has a key role in carrying out the Administration’s Preserve America initiative. See for more information.

Posted October 21, 2008

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