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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Working Effectively with American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Governments, an online training course to provide users with a better understanding and greater knowledge of Native American issues, is now available.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Acting Executive Director Reid Nelson announced Ira Matt is the new director of the Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA). Ira previously served as senior program analyst in ONAA.

“We are excited to have Ira assume this leadership role,” Nelson said. “Ira brings many years of experience, along with his education and tribal background, to the director position. His exemplary work at the ACHP over the years has been vital to the success of ONAA. His commitment to the central mission of that office–to support and advance the role of Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations in the national preservation program–has been a central part of his life’s work.”

Emily Choi, who joined the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on September 3, 2019, as an assistant historic preservation specialist with the Office of Federal Agency Programs has won the Lawyers’ Committee on Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP) student writing competition.

Choi, a former ACHP intern, will receive a $500 award from LCCHP for her paper, “Safeguarding Native American Traditional Knowledge Under Existing Legal Frameworks: Why and How Federal Agencies must Re-Interpret FOIA’s ‘Trade Secret Exemption.’ ” She also will be featured on the LCCHP website.

The ACHP hosted a meeting on April 18 with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group to introduce the members to the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 106. Office of Native American Affairs Director Valerie Hauser gave an overview of the ACHP and how the office works to assist tribes. Office of Federal Agency Programs Director Reid Nelson talked about the Section 106 process. Working group members were encouraged to take the free webinar, What is Section 106?

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