17th National Tribal Preservation Conference & FCC Summit (Updated 9/17/15)

NATHPO’s annual conference was held the week of August 17, 2015, at the Route 66 Casino Hotel in New Mexico. Route 66 Casino Hotel is associated with the Pueblo of Laguna.

Conference Agenda and Program

NATHPO thanks our conference sponsors and supporters:


The FCC and NATHPO collaborated on a summit to discuss tribal cultural preservation issues related to their federal agency that was open to representatives of Tribal Nations only.

Click here for Summit announcement

Click here for Summit Agenda

FCC Summit Handouts:

Click here for TCNS Part I

Click here for TCNS Part II

Click here for PTC

Click here for DAS-Small Cell Scoping

Click here for DAS-Small Cell Full Scoping

Click here for DAS-Small Cell

Click here for Twilight Towers

conducted Monday, August 17, 2015

This year NATHPO collaborated with the American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI), Google Earth Outreach, and the National Park Service (NPS) to offer exciting new educational opportunities for THPOs and other tribal staff. These unique training opportunities were held in conjunction with the 17th National Tribal Preservation Conference.

More Information on the Three Training Opportunities
offered on Monday, August 17, 2015:

1. “Recording Traditional Talk: Land, Plant and Animal Restoration” training workshop, led by Tyler Peterson, Luis Barragan and Alyce Sadongei, AILDI (limited to 20 participants).
This intensive one-day workshop will focus on documenting traditional ecological knowledge and developing language tools and teaching materials based on the natural environment. Learn how to use outdoor surroundings to create products for use in documenting, teaching and learning such as topical dictionaries, story collections based on plants and animals and digital collections of plants and landscapes.
Click here for final Talk workshop schedule

2. “Indigenous Mapping Workshop” led by Raleigh Seamster, Google Earth Outreach (limited to 20 people).
Learn how to map culturally significant locations, incorporating stories, photos, and videos. Participants will also learn how to overlay a proposed project footprint onto an existing map of areas containing tribal cultural resource values. Session also includes an overview of the general range of Google mapping tools available for historic preservation and cultural perpetuation and how these tools are being used by indigenous communities. Click here for Google workshop agenda

3. “THPO Toolkit Training” workshop, led by Dr. John Welch for NATHPO using the THPO Toolkit that was developed by NATHPO with partial funding provided by the NPS (limited to 25 participants).
This educational session will focus on pertinent issues faced by THPOs and their staff and is geared for new THPOs and those seeking basic training. Topics include, but are not limited to: the THPO-Federal Preservation Program Relationship; Strategic Planning to Scope and Focus THPO Programs; Survey, Inventory, and National Register Programs; Section 106 Dynamics; Advising and Cooperating with other Governments; THPOs as Sovereignty Advocates; and more. Click here for Toolkit workshop agenda