New Online Tool Can Assist With Involving Indian Tribes Earlier in the Section 106 Process
A newly updated online tool can assist federal agencies with involving Indian tribes earlier in the Section 106 process. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act sets forth a process for federal agencies to identify and asses the effects of a project on historic resources. Part of that process is consulting with interested parties, like state and local officials, the general public, and Indian tribes about any potential concerns related to the impact on historic resources. A newly updated tool from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Environment and Energy called the Tribal Directory Assistance Tool (TDAT) can assist federal agencies in identifying which Indian tribes have an interest in a project area.
TDAT contains information about the geographic areas of current and ancestral federally recognized tribes, breaking it down by county and provides contact information of tribal leaders and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. This tool allows for Indian tribes to be involved earlier in the Section 106 process about potential impacts on their sacred sites and historic resources.
"TDAT is a free, easy-to-use system to find Indian tribes that should be invited to coordinate or consult on projects," said ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson FAIA. "We know that Section 106 consultations are most successful when interested parties are involved at the very beginning of the process, and TDAT is one more tool to help ensure Indian tribes have a voice early in a project's development that might impact their sacred sites."
National Trust for Historic Preservation Announce 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List
Route 66 was named one of the 11 most endangered historic places by the National Trust this week
This week the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the 2018 list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The annual list raises awareness for irreplaceable historic sites that face threat of destruction or harm. Since 1988 the annual list has helped to galvanize support around a diverse collection of architecturally and culturally significant places. Thus far, nearly 300 sites have been included on the endangered list, while fewer than 5% of those have been lost.
The 2018 list features features historic places from across the country that face a variety of threats. The list includes Larimer Square, the oldest commercial block and historic district in Denver which is threatened by inappropriate development proposals. The list also includes the hurricane damaged historic resources in Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands and America's famed Route 66. Learn more about all of the sites included on this year's list and find out how you can take action!
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