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Preservation Leadership Forum invites you to read the latest Forum JournalFifty Years of Heritage So Rich: The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). In this issue, we seek to represent the breadth the NHPA and the programs it initiated, examining its many accomplishments as well as its unfulfilled potential. The Journal is a benefit for Forum members, but is available for full access for a limited time. The ACHP is pleased to point out an article written by our Director of Preservation Initiatives Ron Anzalone in the Forum Journal.

Washington, D.C. - On December 9, the National Park Service Centennial Act passed the Senate, the last piece of legislation from the 114th Congress. The bill had been passed by the House previously and contains amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) that the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) had been pursuing for several years. These include the conversion of the ACHP chairman to a full-time position, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, and the addition of the General Chairman of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (NATHPO) as a voting member of the ACHP. The President signed the bill into law on December 16.

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (Tribes) hosted more than 100 federal and state officials on August 24-25 at the Event Center on the Fort Hall Reservation, Idaho, for a Treaty Rights Seminar intended to improve the federal trust relationship

Join our friends at the National Park Service in supporting their theme study of LGBTQ heritage. Read about how to get involved with the initiative here and honor diversity in the national historic preservation program.

The first phase of a memorial honoring the nation's first African American Marines was dedicated at a July 29 ceremony in Jacksonville, NC. (Read the Washington Post story here.)

The National Montford Point Marine Memorial is named after the camp where some 20,000 African Americans underwent Marine Corps training in the 1940s. The service branch was opened to them following President Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 signing of Executive Order 8802, which prohibited racial discrimination in the armed forces.