ACHP Policy Statement on Indigenous Knowledge and Historic Preservation (2024)

March 21, 2024

The field of historic preservation should ensure that the archaeological sites, historic structures, cultural landscapes, sacred sites, and other sites of religious and cultural importance to Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations (NHOs), and other Indigenous Peoples are equitably considered in decision making. This policy statement provides a set of principles to support the incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge in historic preservation contexts.

The ACHP voted unanimously to adopt this policy statement on March 21, 2024. The policy statement establishes a set of standards and guidelines that federal and state agencies, contractors, and other relevant entities should, at a minimum, seek to implement in order to incorporate Indigenous Knowledge in the Section 106 review process. 

The full text of the policy statement is available in PDF format.