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.
On September 23, 2019, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) entered into an agreement with Salish Kootenai College (SKC), and the ACHP Foundation to provide educational, personal development, and professional growth opportunities to students in the Tribal Historic Preservation and Tribal Governance and Administration degree programs.
This handbook presents recommendations for federal agencies, applicants, and Indian tribes to work together in pre-application information gathering or prior to initiating the Section 106 process.
Former ACHP Intern, Now Staffer, Honored by the Lawyers’ Committee on Cultural Heritage Preservation
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.
The Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) is focusing on traditional knowledge in the Section 106 process to help practitioners more fully understand it and its role in the process. While there is no legal definition of traditional knowledge, ONAA is working with Indian Tribes, kanaka maoli (indigenous people of the Hawaiian Islands) and Native Hawaiian organizations (NHOs) to develop appropriate means to explain the importance of indigenous knowledge and its value in the Section 106 process.
Whom to Contact if You Have Section 106 Issues: Guidance for Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations
Section 106 requires each federal agency to identify and assess the effects of its undertakings on historic properties. It applies when two thresholds are met: there is a federal, federally assisted, or federally licensed activity; and that activity has the potential to affect properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) formally endorsed a plan to support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at its Winter Business Meeting on March 1, 2013.
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.