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Home News Newly Updated Online Tool Assists with Involving Indian Tribes Early in Section 106 Historic Preservation Process
Newly Updated Online Tool Assists with Involving Indian Tribes Early in Section 106 Historic Preservation Process
The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), which established the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in 1966, requires federal agencies to act as responsible stewards of our nation’s resources when their actions affect historic properties. Section 106 of the NHPA sets forth a process for federal agencies to identify and assess the effects of their actions on historic resources. The responsible agency must consult with appropriate state and local officials, applicants for federal assistance, members of the public, and Indian tribes and consider their views and concerns about historic preservation issues when making final project decisions.
A new source of information to aid in the process is the Tribal Directory Assistance Tool (TDAT), developed and administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Environment and Energy (HUD). This web-based tribal contact database contains information about the geographic areas of current and ancestral interest to federally recognized Indian tribes.
“HUD’s Tribal Directory Assessment Tool (TDAT) identifies tribal contacts who may be interested in proposed federally assisted projects in their ancestral homelands,” said Danielle Schopp, Director, Office of Environment and Energy, HUD. “It’s an important tool to foster early and respectful consultation with tribes about projects that may affect their cultural resources.”TDAT lists tribes’ areas of interest by county and offers names and contact information for tribal leaders and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) as well as links to tribal websites. Users can query the street address, county, state, and tribe and can send emails directly to tribal contacts from the system. Information generated from TDAT can be exported in spreadsheet format for use in other programs.
Federal agencies should not rely solely on TDAT to identify Indian tribes that should be invited to consult in the Section 106 process and also should consider other sources of information regarding areas of tribal interest.
To access TDAT, go to https://egis.hud.gov/tdat/.
To learn more about the ACHP and Section 106, visit www.achp.gov.
Updated June 25, 2018