The Cultural Resource Program serves as a clearing house for Nez Perce Tribal cultural resource knowledge and employs qualified cultural research professionals who have specialized training in all aspects of cultural resource protection, including archaeology, cultural resources compliance, and tribal consultation/ethnography. We also are well versed in cultural resources laws and regulations, including:

  • Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA)
  • National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
  • American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA)
  • National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)
  • Various state laws and regulations

We meet the requirements of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines and hold numerous federal and state permits that allow us to provide the following cultural resources services:

  • Archaeological Excavation/Survey/Monitoring
  • Ethnographic Research (Interviewing, Traditional Land Use Studies, etc.)
  • Archival Research
  • NAGPRA Consulting
  • Report and Management Plan Reviewing

 We also reserve the role of a Tribal Historic Preservation Office. The Tribal Historic Preservation Office functions in accordance with Section 101(d)(2) of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the tribes on the National Park Service's list have formally assumed the responsibilities of the SHPO for purposes of Section 106 compliance on their tribal lands. They have designated Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) whom Federal agencies consult in lieu of the SHPO for undertakings occurring on, or affecting historic properties on, tribal lands.