The Osage Nation’s Historic Preservation Office was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Interior and the National Park Service to help protect tribal historic places, culture and traditions.
The Nation received a $57,849 grant, which was one of 175 grants awarded to tribal historic preservation offices across Indian Country. The money comes from offshore drilling funds from drilling activity on the Outer Continental Shelf, according to a DOI press release.
“The National Park Service works closely with states and tribes to preserve our nation’s diverse history and cultural heritage,” said National Park Service Deputy Director Dan Smith in the release. “These grants help promote historic preservation at the community level, including funding much needed restoration and maintenance to these special places.”
Administered by the NPS, the funds are appropriated annually by Congress from the Historic Preservation Fund, according to the release. Since its inception in 1977, the HPF has provided more than $1.8 billion in grants to states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Funding is supported by Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenues, not tax dollars, with intent to mitigate the loss of a non-renewable resource to benefit the preservation of other irreplaceable resources, according to the release.
For more information about the National Park Service historic preservation programs and grants, please visit www.nps.gov/stlpg/.