Interior and National Park Service Announce more than $60 Million in Historic Preservation Grants to States and Tribes

Offshore Drilling Funds Directed to Help Protect U.S. and Tribal Historic Places, Culture and Traditions

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service (NPS) today announced $48.9 million in historic preservation grants for U.S. states, territories, and partnering nations, and $11.4 million for historic preservation grants to 175 tribal historic preservation offices.

“The Department of the Interior and the National Park Service are committed to preserving U.S. and tribal history and heritage,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Fees collected from drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf help fund important conservation tools like these grants. Through valuable partnerships we are able to assist communities and tribes in ensuring the diverse historic places, culture and traditions that make our country unique are protected for future generations.”

Administered by the National Park Service, these funds are appropriated annually by Congress from the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). Since its inception in 1977, the HPF has provided more than$1.8 billion in grants to states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Funding is supported by Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenues, not tax dollars, with intent to mitigate the loss of a non-renewable resource to benefit the preservation of other irreplaceable resources.

“The National Park Service works closely with states and tribes to preserve our nation’s diverse history and cultural heritage,” National Park Service Deputy Director Dan Smith said. “These grants help promote historic preservation at the community level, including funding much needed restoration and maintenance to these special places.”

The HPF grants fund preservation programs at state offices and ensure support of local preservation with a required 10% pass-through to Certified Local Governments via competitive subgrants. Examples of state and local work accomplished with this annual funding include:

  • After Hurricane Matthew, the Georgia Historic Preservation Division coordinated an agency-wide initiative to train employees on the national Incident Command System and as a result, assumed a leadership role following Hurricane Irma in conducting agency-wide after-action reviews for regional incidents, and piloted a report on historic preservation response that was distributed to Georgia policy makers.
  • The Montana Historical Society leveraged National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, state, and private funding to overhaul its statewide geodatabase of cultural resources, which now holds over 59,000 historic and pre-contact sites and 37,000 survey and cultural resource studies. The data will speed the review and compliance process associated with federal projects.
  • The Massachusetts Historical Commission completed a historic context focused on resources associated with Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans in the city of Boston, which has led to National Register listing these underrepresented resources in New England.

The HPF grants fund tribal preservation programs and assist Tribes in the preservation of their cultural heritage and promote the protection of historically significant sites. Examples of tribal efforts and accomplishments with this annual funding include:

  • Funding for the annual Cultural Hualapai River Monitoring Trip by the Hualapai Tribal Historic Preservation Office in Arizona supports education outreach programs. Each year the trip engages youth and elders to monitor vegetation, archaeological sites, and traditional cultural places, and discuss traditional ecological knowledge about the Grand Canyon.
  • The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Tribal Historic Preservation Office in Wisconsin is working on a site monitoring schedule and developing a management plan for 31 historic maple sugarbush sites where Ojibwe families moved each spring and camped for the production of maple syrup.
  • Four partner Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, the Narragansett Tribe, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the Mashantucket (Eastern) Pequot, and the Mohegan, collaboratively consulted with federal agencies on federal undertakings where ceremonial stone landscapes were in danger of impacts. The result was submission of a National Register of Historic Places draft nomination entitled “Indigenous American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes of the Northeast.”

For more information about the National Park Service historic preservation programs and grants, please visit www.nps.gov/stlpg/.

State Historic Preservation Office Grants

State   Amount State  Amount
Alabama  $     858,103 Montana  $     817,809
Alaska  $  1,062,416 Nebraska  $     818,251
American Samoa  $     399,210 Nevada  $     775,515
Arizona  $     895,168 New Hampshire  $     640,455
Arkansas  $     783,535 New Jersey  $     967,486
California  $  1,579,932 New Mexico  $     820,716
Colorado  $     925,024 New York  $  1,436,726
Connecticut  $     763,826 North Carolina  $     969,074
Delaware  $     541,155 North Dakota  $     705,578
District of Columbia  $     538,039 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands  $     414,877
Florida  $  1,082,678 Ohio  $  1,162,212
Federated States of Micronesia  $     429,730 Oklahoma  $     866,119
Georgia  $     953,493 Oregon  $     903,609
Guam  $     413,040 Palau  $     249,048
Hawaii  $     591,360 Pennsylvania  $  1,242,810
Idaho  $     760,515 Puerto Rico  $     666,772
Illinois  $  1,203,263 Rhode Island  $     595,644
Indiana  $     958,392 South Carolina  $     790,910
Iowa  $     884,264 South Dakota  $     730,843
Kansas  $     877,307 Tennessee  $     887,274
Kentucky  $     848,523 Texas  $  1,408,576
Louisiana  $     864,288 Utah  $     804,018
Maine  $     735,596 Vermont  $     590,381
Republic of the Marshall Islands  $     249,048 Virginia  $     935,975
Maryland  $     831,006 Virgin Islands  $     419,485
Massachusetts  $     959,479 Washington  $     965,815
Michigan  $  1,170,481 West Virginia  $     732,959
Minnesota  $     986,092 Wisconsin  $     995,082
Mississippi  $     773,236 Wyoming  $     713,890
Missouri  $     978,892    
    Total  $48,925,000

Tribal Historic Preservation Office Grants

Tribe           Amount
Absentee Shawnee Tribe

$57,633

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

$61,076

Aroostook Band of Micmacs

$58,338

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

$69,986

Bay Mills Indian Community

$60,381

Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria

$55,610

Big Pine Paiute Tribe of Owens Valley

$56,763

Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians of the Big Valley Rancheria

$56,977

Bishop Paiute Tribe

$57,974

Blackfeet Nation

$84,697

Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe of Indians

$55,810

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians

$70,133

Bridgeport Indian Colony

$55,776

Buena Vista Rancheria Me Wuk Indians of California

$55,669

Burns Paiute Tribe

$58,138

Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma

$55,849

Cahuilla Band of Indians

$63,629

Catawba Indian Nation

$58,175

Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria

$55,801

Cherokee Nation

$66,216

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes

$62,126

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

$88,063

Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation

$69,826

Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana

$57,218

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

$63,206

Citizen Potawatomi

$58,248

Coeur d’Alene Tribe

$75,588

Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation

$73,873

Comanche Nation

$58,812

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Nation

$83,554

Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation

$83,991

Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

$60,592

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

$84,025

Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw

$56,124

Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Indian Community of Oregon

$62,227

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

$73,178

Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon

$78,722

Coquille Indian Tribe

$61,153

Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana

$58,205

Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

$60,249

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

$74,064

Crow Tribe of Indians

$88,056

Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians

$55,733

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

$66,957

Eastern Shawnee of Oklahoma

$57,651

Elk Valley Rancheria

$57,109

Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians

$55,776

Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

$56,677

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

$59,232

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

$69,161

Forest County Potawatomi Community

$62,524

Fort Belknap Indian Community

$78,663

Fort Independence Indian Community of Paiute Indians of the Fort Independence Indian Reservation

$57,462

Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes

$87,298

Gila River Indian Community

$75,306

Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

$66,415

Ho-Chunk Nation

$59,302

Hoopa Valley

$68,698

Hopland Band of Pomo Indians

$59,153

Hualapai Tribe

$81,486

Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska

$62,507

Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

$55,631

Jicarilla Apache Nation

$80,631

Karuk Tribe

$57,897

Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of Stewarts Point Rancheria

$57,386

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

$66,871

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

$68,165

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

$68,835

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

$56,831

Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

$78,887

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

$58,331

Lower Sioux Indian Community

$58,904

Lummi Nation

$63,913

Makah Tribe

$64,715

Mashantucket Western Pequot Tribe

$58,810

Mechoopda (Chico Rancheria)

$57,628

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

$72,891

Mescalero Apache Tribe

$76,518

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma

$56,124

Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians

$55,993

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians

$69,319

Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut

$57,355

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

$65,242

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

$61,290

Narragansett Indian Tribe

$59,082

Navajo Nation

$109,273

Nez Perce Tribe of Indians

$79,735

Nooksack Tribe

$56,792

Northern Arapaho Tribe