Working Effectively with Tribal Governments

Federal Indian Law and Policy

Cultural Heritage and Preservation Laws

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National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), as amended, includes several provisions that relate to federal-tribal consultation and enhance tribal participation in the national historic preservation program. Most importantly, the 1992 amendments clarified that federal agencies, in carrying out their Section 106 responsibilities, must consult with any Indian tribe that attaches religious and cultural significance to historic properties that may be affected by an undertaking. The amendments also included provisions for:

  1. Historic properties of religious and cultural significance to Indian tribes to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and
  2. An Indian tribe to assume the responsibilities of the state historic preservation officer on its lands. (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.)

For more information, please visit the following link: http://www.achp.gov/nhpa.html

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