Advocacy

FEDERAL APPROPRIATIONS

Per the 1992 amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, federally recognized tribal governments were able to create and operate Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) programs by officially entering into agreements with the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. Among other tasks, THPOs may assume the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) responsibilities on tribal lands and also receive funds for this purpose from the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), also administered by the National Park Service. The HPF is supported by annual revenues from Outer Continental Shelf oil leases and assists states, local governments, and Indian tribes with their historic preservation activities nationwide.


FY2018 Budget Deliberations Underway

In late May 2017, President Trump and his administration released their first federal budget proposal, which requests significant reductions to the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), which supports both Tribal and State Historic Preservation Officers, as well as a Tribal Heritage Grant program. The FY18 Trump request for Indian tribes in the HPF is $8.96 million — a reduction of $1.5 million from FY17 (FY17 is $10.485 million). See detailed information in this chart:
Click here for the Trump FY18 budget request for the HPF
The U.S. Congress, starting with the House of Representatives, has now started deliberating on the federal budget.

Other noteworthy funding levels proposed in the FY18 budget request include:
* Level funding for NAGPRA Grants to Indian Tribes and Museums ($1.657 million)
* Consolidation of grants management within the National Park Service cultural division, that if enacted, would be referred to as Grant Administration, to include HPF and NAGPRA grants administration (move of $191,000 from NAGPRA grants management to Grant Administration)

Slated for elimination in the Trump FY18 budget request are the following federal programs that Indian tribes have participated over the years:
* Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
* National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and
* National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

NATHPO is advocating for $13 million for Tribal Preservation Historical Officers (THPOs) to carry out the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act and to support the tribal competitive grant program.
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2017 Advocacy Week for Historic Preservation

Historic preservationists from around the country are convening in Washington, DC, the week of March 13, 2017, to express their support of federal programs that support American cultural preservation, most urgently the National Historic Preservation Act and the Historic Preservation Fund. The majority of attendees will be State Historic Preservation Officers and members of local advisory committees.

Click here for agenda
Click here for Advocacy Guide & Briefing Packet
Click here for link to one page summaries of main issues
Click here for FY18 THPO funding request


FY2017 Budget Request

NATHPO is advocating for $11.985 million for Tribal Preservation Historical Officers (THPOs) to carry out the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act and to support the tribal competitive grant program.
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NATHPO submitted testimony for the record to the House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee on the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request
Click here for copy of NATHPO testimony.


FY2016 Budget Request

On March 25, 2015, NATHPO testified before the House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee on the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request
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NATHPO is advocating for $15 million for Tribal Preservation Historical Officers (THPOs) to carry out the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act and to support the tribal competitive grant program.
Click here for 1 page information sheet.


FY2015 Budget Request

April 8, 2014 NATHPO Testified before the House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee on the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request
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FY2014 Budget Request

April 24, 2014 NATHPO Testified before the House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee on the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request
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FY2013 Budget Request

March 28, 2012 NATHPO Testified before the House Interior, Environemnt and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee on the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request
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2011 NATHPO Testified before U.S. Senate Subcommittee on National Parks

On November 5, 2011, NATHPO testified before Senator Mark Udall, Chairman, Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, on cultural and historic resources issues and the national park system.
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2011 NATHPO Submitted Testimony to Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

On June 16, 2011, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held an oversight hearing on NAGPRA and other repatriation laws.
Click here for webcast to watch the hearing and to read the witnesses’ written testimony.
Click here to read NATHPO’s written testimony for the hearing record.


2009 NATHPO Testified on NAGPRA to the U.S. House of Representatives Full Committee on Natural Resources

On October 7, 2009, NATHPO testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources, which held a full committee oversight hearing on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
Click here to read the Press Release
Click here for NATHPO’s written testimony
Click here to view the webcast of the hearing