ACHP 2021 Section 3 Report to the President


›› In September 2019, the ACHP entered into an MOU with Salish Kootenai College (SKC) in Montana, and the ACHP Foundation to provide educational, personal development, and professional growth opportunities to students in the Tribal Historic Preservation and Tribal Governance and Administration degree programs. The MOU commits ACHP staff to provide classroom lectures; develop Section 106 course content; and, co-host a tribal-federal summit on historic preservation at SKC. ›› In 2019, the Bureau of Reclamation’s Snake River Area Office issued an Archaeological Resources Protection Act permit to Diane Teeman, a member of the Burns Paiute Tribe and a PhD candidate at the University of Nevada-Reno, to conduct an indigenous archaeological field school at Beulah Reservoir in eastern Oregon. Ms. Teeman chose this location to embrace the trials that tribal members faced and use the site to teach other Native Americans the skills necessary to better learn about their own past. The agency site is below the high water level of Beulah Reservoir, behind Agency Valley Dam, and is inundated annually in an area very difficult to protect. The field school participants were all Native American, and the event was one of the first wholly indigenous archaeological field schools to take place on Bureau of Reclamation lands in the Pacific Northwest. ›› In an effort to raise awareness of the need to protect archaeological resources, the USACE • Omaha District has partnered with the South Dakota SHPO on a summer day camp geared to fourth and fifth graders. The camp is designed to teach participants archaeological field techniques and the importance of preserving and protecting cultural resources; • San Francisco District partnered with the Dry Creek Pomo Tribe to refurbish the cultural resources interpretive center at Lake Mendocino Coyote Valley Dam (California) to educate the public about Pomo culture and the importance of natural and cultural resources. Education programs will provide information and opportunities to share the culture and history of the Dry Creek Pomo and other tribes and to preserve their sites, petroglyphs, ethnobotanical sites, and other natural resources. ›› The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge Reservation (Tennessee), partnered with the University of Tennessee to foster relationships with college students to assist staff in cataloguing historic artifacts and archives in the PastPerfect Artifact Collections database. The goal was to work with students majoring in history and/or library science to use their knowledge and experience to initiate the process of inventorying Y-12 historic artifacts and archives. Initially, the college students were paid summer interns, and the process has evolved into hiring students during the school year as nonpaid employees for college credits. ›› A partnership between the FWS’s St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and the St. Marks Refuge Association, Inc. restored the St. Marks Lighthouse, a National Register-listed property once managed by the U.S. Coast Guard. The lighthouse was formally re-opened to the public in May 2018.


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