Historic Preservation developing agreements to address tribal concerns

The Ouachita National Forest is located in west central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma, covers approximately 1.8 million acres and is headquartered in Hot Springs, Ark. It was first established in 1907 and renamed Ouachita in 1926. The forest is primarily a pine-hickory mix characterized by narrow incised drainages and steeply sloped ridges. The forest is one of the most important sources for timber in the National Forest system.

The Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office, in addition to representatives of several other Tribes and Nations, is currently developing a Programmatic Agreement that will meet tribal concerns related to sites of cultural and historic significance and the disposition of human remains found on Forest lands. Please visit the Photos section of our website for photographs of the consultation and site visits. The photos depict various activities participated in by representatives of the Osage Nation between Feb. 22 and 23 of 2011 on the Poteau/Cold Springs and Mena/Oden Ranger Districts. Osage Nation attendants included Dr. Andrea A. Hunter (Director, ONHPO) and James Munkres (Staff Archaeologist, ONHPO).

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