NATHPO Annual Conferences

2018 National Tribal Preservation Conference

Updated Sept. 30, 2018

2018 National Tribal Preservation Conference
September 10-14, 2018

NATHPO’s 2018 National Tribal Preservation Conference was hosted by the Suquamish Tribe of Washington during the week of September 10, 2018. The year theme was “Tribal Consultation in Indian Country” and focused on federal agencies’ efforts to engage Indian tribes.

Conference Agenda and Program:
Click here for final conference agenda and program

Power Point Presentations:
Click here for presentation on FCC litigation

Click here for presentation, “Overcoming Institutional Resistance to Traditional Cultural Properties”

Click here for presentation, “Negotiating and Enforcing Programmatic Agreements”

If you need to pay for any conference related activity, please use this Paypal link:

Click here to go to the Suquamish Tribe’s website

19th National Tribal Preservation Conference (2017)

Updated August 23, 2017

NATHPO concluded the 19th National Tribal Preservation Conference that was hosted by the Pala Band of Mission Indians at their Pala Casino Spa Resort in Pala, California, the week of August 7, 2017.

Click here for 2017 Final Program, including Agenda (low resolution version)

NATHPO thanks our conference sponsors and supporters:

* Pala Band of Mission Indians and Pala Casino Spa Resort
* San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
* Yoche Dehe Wintun Nation — Cultural Resources & Seka Hills Olive Mill and Tasting Room
* California Office of Historic Preservation
* San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
* Pauma Band of Mission Indians
* Barona Band of Mission Indians
* Michelle Holiday & Associates
* Click here for complete list

Conference Presentations (in Word, PDF or power point):

Tuesday, August 8, 2017:

Janet Pfleeger/FPISC presentation for “Tribal Consultation for Federal Infrastructure Projects”

“Victory for the Kumeyaay Tribes” presentation

“A Repatriation Story: The Return of the Miami National Council Journals”

“GAO’s Audit of Trafficking of Native American Cultural Items”

“International Affairs at the Department of the Interior”

Wednesday, August 9, 2017:

DHS presentation, “Program Comment for Telecommunications Projects on Federal Land”
ACHP document, Program Comment for Communications Projects on Federal Lands and Property

“FERC 2017 Guidelines for Reporting on Cultural Resources Investigations for Natural Gas Projects”

New ACHP Webpage on Sec. 106 and Infrastructure Projects
ACHP Report, “Improving Tribal Consultation in Infrastructure Projects”
Interagency (Interior-Army-Justice) January 2017 Report, “Improving Tribal Consultation and Tribal Involvement in Federal Infrastructure Decisions”

“Using TCP Recognition to Enhance Legal Advocacy and Litigation Strategy” (some photos removed to reduce document size)

“GAO’s Audit of Federal Agencies’ Tribal Consultation Practices”

Thursday, August 10, 2017 and Friday, August 11, 2017:

FCC presentation 1 of 2

FCC presentation 2 of 2


Meeting and lodging was at the Pala Casino Spa Resort
Click here for link to host location

18th National Tribal Preservation Conference (2016)

In 2016 NATHPO conducted the 18th National Tribal Preservation Conference and the Federal Communications Commission Section 106 Summit that was hosted by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Ignacio, Colorado, the week of August 29, 2016.

Meeting and lodging was at the Sky Ute Casino Resort
Click here for Sky Ute Casino Resort website

Click here for link to conference program

For Legislative Update by Adam Jones:
* Click here for HPF funding levels-NTHP chart
* Click here for HPF funding levels-NATHPO chart
Ute Culture in Utah National Parks
* Click here for presentation
Defense Dept. and NATHPO Sacred Sites Project
* Click here for presentation
NRCS/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Presentation:
* Click here for NRCS presentation
* Click here for draft guidance
* Click here for evaluation form
Dept. of Homeland Security Standard Treatment Presentation:
* Click here for DHS presentation
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation – 50th Anniversary NHPA
* Click here for discussion document

Update on Indian Arts & Crafts Act
* Click here for presentation
For Aaron M. Sims Presentation – 3 files:
* Click here for legal document
* Click here for H.Con.Res. 122
* Click here for S. 3127
International Repatriation Session:
* Click here for more information on International Repatriation Session
* Click here for additional information – statement
* Click here for previously submitted comments
Luncheon Speaker: Mark Maryboy on Bears Ears
* Click here for link to 4 minute video
* Click here for link to more information about inter-tribal effort

FCC-NATHPO Section 106 Summit
* Click here for agenda (also in the NATHPO conference agenda and program)
* Click here for twilight towers term sheet

Updated September 6, 2016.

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

3rd Annual NATHPO Meeting & NAGPRA Workshop

Hosted by the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
Warm Springs, Oregon
May 29-June 1, 2001
Participating Federal Agencies and Other Sponsoring Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Services, USDA-Forest Service, Department of Transportation-Federal Highway Administration, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bonneville Power Administration, Energy Department, and Health & Human Services Administration for Native Americans

1st Annual NATHPO Meeting

Hosted by the Yurok Tribe
Eureka, California
June 2-5, 1999
Participating Federal Agencies and Other Sponsoring Organizations: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, California Office of Historical Preservation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service