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4 Oklahoma tribes work with National Park Service to preserve cultural resources

Spring Creek located in northeast Oklahoma
Graycen Wheeler
Spring Creek located in northeast Oklahoma

The four tribes that recently signed agreements join 27 other Oklahoma tribes in an ongoing effort to take care of tribal lands and history.

The agreement means the tribal nations will assume responsibilities related to historic and cultural preservation, transferring certain functions from the state to the tribes. Essentially, the duties of a State Historic Preservation Officer will shift to a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.

One of the Oklahoma tribes to work with the Tribal Historic Preservation team was the Pawnee Nation, who surveyed land in north-central Oklahoma to ensure ceremonial grounds were protected with assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Currently, there are 222 tribal nations with signed Tribal Historic Preservation Office agreements nationwide.

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Sarah Liese