Special Workshops

Midwest Meeting of Historic Preservation Officers

NATHPO is working with the National Park Service (NPS) and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) to convene a meeting of the Midwest historic preservation officers that implement the National Historic Preservation Act and other federal and tribal laws.

This special meeting brings together the SHPOs and THPOs in 13 states: Arkansas; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas (1 THPO); Michigan (7 THPOs); Minnesota (10 THPOs); Missouri; Nebraska (4 THPOs); North Dakota (4 THPOs); Ohio; South Dakota (7 THPOs); and Wisconsin (9 THPOs).

Meeting Specifics:
Dates: June 19-20, 2017
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Potawatomi)
Hotel, registration and planning agenda: Click here to download
Agenda: In development but we want to hear THPO interests in these topics:
1. What topics would you like addressed that you see as common to your field as a whole that would be beneficial for ALL historic preservationists to discuss together, both SHPOs and THPOs?
2. What topics would you like addressed that are related specifically to your role as either a state or tribal historic preservation officer, and that you would want to discuss with only your specific SHPO or THPO counterparts?
3. What topics would you like to receive more information on from the National Park Service?
Example of 2016 HPO meeting:
Click here to read the 2016 Intermountain meeting agenda

The Power of Preservation in Indian Country

NATHPO is accepting applications for the Power of Preservation in Indian Country leadership seminar to be offered May 31-June 4, 2015. Deadline extended through May 11, 2015.

Who, What, Where, and How Much?
Enrollment is open to Tribal Historic Preservation Officers and their staff, tribal museum directors and staff, elected tribal officials, and other tribal employees. Space is limited to only 30 participants and a selection committee will confirm participation on a rolling basis and thus early application is encouraged. Selected participants will be responsible for paying a reduced, non-refundable registration fee of $200 for NATHPO members and $300 for non-members.

The Power of Preservation will take place at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), a unique retreat center located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The NCTC, which is operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and works closely with the National Park Service, is offering NATHPO the retreat center’s excellent space for our meeting, lodging and meals.

Click here for more information (PDF)

Click here for application form (PDF) Note: Application deadline extended through May 11, 2015.

Click here for updated Agenda, as of 5/17/15 (PDF)

Click here for basic travel information for planning purposes (PDF)

2011 “Tribal Summit on Renewable Energy on Protecting Tribal Cultural Resources”

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and NATHPO collaborated on a Tribal Summit on Renewable Energy on Protecting Tribal Cultural Resources that was held January 11-13, 2011, in Palm Springs, California. The summit was hosted by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
Click here for Invitational Letter
Click here for Agenda
Click here for ACHP Summary of Summit

2005 NATHPO Celebrates 15th Anniversary of NAGPRA

In November 2005 NATHPO commemorated the 15th Anniversary of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. NAGPRA directed federal agencies and museums in receipt of federal funds to work with tribal governments in returning Native American human remains and certain cultural items. Prior to this Act, collection of human remains and sacred items and objects of cultural patrimony were collected by various means and Native people were disenfranchised from asserting their rights to reclaim ancestors and cultural items. NATHPO convened a National Meeting of tribal representatives to discuss how NAGPRA has served their communities, as well as highlight some remaining challenges. NATHPO also coordinated an evening reception at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on November 16, 2005, which was the 15th anniversary of when the Act was signed into law (November 16, 1990). The National Park Service national NAGPRA Committee Meeting met in Albuquerque on November 16-17, 2005.
Click here for Invite Letter
Click here for Success Stories Form
Click here for Week-at-a-Glance

Honor Dinner for Native American World War II Veterans

August 11, 2005
Lake of the Torches Resort Casino Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin
In conjunction with the 7th Annual NATHPO Meeting Click here for Honor Dinner Program and Honorees
Click here for photos from the dinner

Honor Dinner for Native American World War II Veterans

July 9, 2004
Jurys Hotel
Washington, DC
In Conjunction with the 6th Annual NATHPO Meeting
Click here for Honor Dinner Program and Honorees



In October 2003, NATHPO collaborated with the Law Department of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to offer NATHPO participants free admittance to a special, one-day, legal workshop on protecting tribal historic places on public lands in conjunction with the Trust’s annual conference that was in Denver, Colorado that year.

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