Tribal Governments and Section 106 Consultation

The Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) provides the following information to assist federal agency officials and others working with tribal governments located in Oklahoma. It is the federal agency's responsibility to identify and consult with the appropriate tribal governments pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) early in the planning of federal undertakings. Contact information for each tribe, for the Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) which have assumed SHPO duties pursuant to Section 101(d)(2) of the NHPA, for the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and for the National Park Service (NPS) Tribal Preservation Program is listed below. Other guidance, including links to helpful websites, is provided.

Following is the list of tribal governments in Oklahoma. The list will be updated as information is made available to the SHPO. Those tribes that have official THPO status under Section 101(d)(2) of the NHPA are indicated with an "*."

For a printable list, please click HERE.

* Absentee Shawnee Tribe
Attn: Governor Edwina Butler-Wolfe
2025 S. Gordon Cooper Dr.
Shawnee, OK   74801
FAX 405/275-5637

Alabama Quassarte Tribal Town
Attn: Chief Tarpie Yargee
101 E. Broadway
P.O. Box 187
Wetumka, OK 74883
FAX 405/452-3968

Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chairperson Lyman Guy
P.O. Box 1330
Anadarko, OK 73005
FAX 405/247-2686

* Caddo Nation
Attn: Chairperson Tamara Francis-Fourkiller
P.O. Box 487
Binger, OK 73009
FAX 405/656-2892

* Cherokee Nation
Attn: Principal Chief Bill John Baker
P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah, OK 74465
FAX 918/458-5580

* Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
Attn: Governor Eddie Hamilton
P.O. Box 167
Concho, OK 73022
FAX 405/422-7733

Chickasaw Nation
Attn: Governor Bill Anoatubby
P.O. Box 1548
Ada, OK 74821
FAX 580/436-4287

* Choctaw Nation
Attn: Chief Gary Batton
P.O. Drawer 1210
Durant, OK 74702
FAX 580/924-1150

* Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Attn: Chairperson John A. Barrett
1601 S. Gordon Cooper Drive
Shawnee, OK  74801
FAX 405/275-0198

* Comanche Nation
Attn: Chairman Wallace Coffey
P.O. Box 908
Lawton, OK  73502
FAX 580/492-3796

Delaware Nation
Attn: Vice-President C.J. Watkins
P.O. Box 825
Anadarko, OK 73005
FAX 405/247-9393

Delaware Tribe of Indians
Attn: Chief Paula Pechonick
170 NE Barbara
Bartlesville, OK 74006
FAX 918/337-6591

* Eastern Shawnee Tribe
Attn: Chief Glenna J. Wallace
P.O. Box 350
Seneca, MO 64865
FAX 918/666-2186

Fort Sill Apache Tribe
Attn: Chairperson Jeff Houser
Route 2 Box 121
Apache, OK 73006
FAX 580/588-3133

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chairperson Gary Pratt
Route 1 Box 721
Perkins, OK 74059
FAX 405/547-1032

Kaw Nation of Oklahoma
Attn: Chairperson Guy Munroe
P.O. Box 50
Kaw City, OK 74641
FAX 580/269-2301

Kialegee Tribal Town
Attn: Mekko Jeremiah Hobia
P.O. Box 332
Wetumka, OK 74883
FAX 405/452-3413

Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chairperson Gilbert Salazar
P.O. Box 70
McLoud, OK 74851
FAX 405/964-7065

Kiowa Tribe
Attn: Chairman Amber Toppah
P.O. Box 369
Carnegie, OK 73015
580/654-2300 or Toll Free 1-855-228-9975
FAX 580/654-2188

* Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chief Douglas Lankford
P.O. Box 1326
Miami, OK  74355
FAX 918/542-7260

Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chief Bill Follis
418 G Street SE
Miami, OK 74354
FAX 918/542-5415

* Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Attn: Principal Chief George Tiger
P.O. Box 580
Okmulgee, OK 74447
FAX 918/758-1434

Osage Nation
Attn: Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear
627 Grandview
Pawhuska, OK 74056
FAX 918/287-2257

Otoe-Missouria Tribe
Attn: Chairperson John R. Shotton
8151 Highway 177
Red Rock, OK 74651
FAX 580/723-1015

* Ottawa Tribe
Attn: Chief Ethel Cook
P.O. Box 110
Miami, OK 7435
FAX 918/542-3214

* Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
Attn: President Marshall Gover
P.O. Box 470
Pawnee, OK 74058
FAX 918/762-6446

Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
Attn: Chief John P. Froman
P.O. Box 1527
Miami, OK 74355
FAX 918/540-2538

Ponca Nation
Attn: Chairperson Earl Howe III
20 White Eagle Drive
Ponca City, OK 74601
FAX 580/762-2743

* Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chairperson John Berrey
P.O. Box 765
Quapaw, OK 74363
FAX 918/542-4694

Sac and Fox Nation
Attn: Chief George Thurman
920883 S. Hwy 99 Bldg. A
Stroud, OK 74079
FAX 918/968-1142

Seminole Nation
Attn: Chief Leonard Harjo
P.O. Box 1498
Wewoka, OK 74884
FAX 405/257-7209

* Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chief William Fisher
23701 South 655 Rd.
Grove, OK 74344
918/542-6609 or Toll Free 1-866-787-5452
FAX 918/787-5521

Shawnee Tribe
Attn: Chairperson Ron Sparkman
P.O. Box 189
Miami, OK 74355
FAX 918/542-2922

* Thlopthlocco Tribal Town
Attn: George Scott, Mekko
P.O. Box 188
Okemah, OK 74859
FAX 918/560-6196

Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chairperson Donald Patterson
1 Rush Buffalo Road
Tonkawa, OK 74653
FAX 580/628-3375

United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
Attn: Chief George Wickliffe
P.O. Box 746
Tahlequah, OK 74465
FAX 918/431-1873

Wichita and Affiliated Tribes
Attn: President Terri Parton
P.O. Box 729
Anadarko, OK 73005
FAX 405/247-2430

* Wyandotte Nation
Attn: Chief Billy Friend
64700 E. Highway 60
Wyandotte, OK  74370
918/678-2297 or Toll Free 1-800-256-2539
FAX 918/378-2944

Other useful information may be found on the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) website at:

The ACHP's regulations (36 CFR Part 800 -- Protection of Historic Properties) set forth the process for a federal agency's compliance with Section 106 of the NHPA. These regulations can be found at and at Federal agencies and their applicants/designees should be familiar with these regulations and take special notice of their responsibilities to consult with all appropriate parties. Tribal governments are among these parties, and 36 CFR Part 800.1(c) says in part:

  • (B) The Federal Government has a unique legal relationship with Indian tribes set forth in the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, and court decisions. Consultation with Indian tribes should be conducted in a sensitive manner respectful of tribal sovereignty. Nothing in this part alters, amends, repeals, interprets or modifies tribal sovereignty, any treaty rights, or other rights of an Indian tribe, or preempts, modifies or limits the exercise of any such rights.

  • (C) Consultation with an Indian tribe must recognize the government-to government relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. The agency official shall consult with representatives designated or identified by the tribal government or the governing body of a Native Hawaiian organization. Consultation with Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations should be conducted in a manner sensitive to the concerns and needs of the Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization.

  • (D) When Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations attach religious and cultural significance to historic properties off tribal lands, section 101(d)(6)(B) of the act requires Federal agencies to consult with such Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations in the section 106 process. Federal agencies should be aware that frequently historic properties of religious and cultural significance are located on ancestral, aboriginal, or ceded lands of Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations and should consider that when complying with the procedures in this part.

Many tribal governments have established historic preservation programs, and some have exercised their rights under the NHPA to take responsibility for historic properties on tribal lands. The THPO is the tribal official appointed by the tribe’s chief governing authority or designated by a tribal ordinance or preservation program who has assumed all or any part of the responsibilities of the SHPO on tribal lands in accordance with Section 101(d)(2) of the NHPA. Tribes submit an application to the National Park Service that identifies the NHPA programs for which they elect to assume responsibility and detail how they will meet the requirements for doing so.

Seventeen (17) Oklahoma tribal governments currently have formal THPO status (Section 101(d)(2) of the NHPA), including the Absentee Shawnee, Caddo Tribe, Cherokee Nation, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Choctaw Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Comanche Nation, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Osage Nation, Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, Seneca Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, and Wyandotte Nation. The THPO for each of these tribes, respectively, is as follows:

Joseph H. Blanchard
Cultural Preservation Director/
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
2025 South Gordon Cooper Drive
Shawnee, OK 74801
405/275-4030 ext. 203

Tamara Francis-Fourkiller
Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma
Tribal Historic Preservation Office
P.O. Box 487
Binger, OK 73009
FAX 405/656-2892

Sheila Bird
Special Projects
Cherokee Nation
P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah, OK 74465-0948

Andrew Willey
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
100 Red Moon Circle
P.O. Box 167
Concho, OK 73022

Ian Thompson
HPO, Tribal Archaeologist
Director, Historic Preservation Department
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
P.O. Drawer 1210
Durant, OK 74702-1210
1-800-522-6170, ext. 2216

Kelli Mosteller
Citizen Potawatomi Nation
1899 South Gordon Cooper Drive
Shawnee, OK 74801

Jimmy Arterberry
Comanche Nation
P.O. Box 908
Lawton, OK 73502
580/595-9960, ext. 9618
FAX 580/595-9733

Robin Dushane
Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
12705 South 705 Road
Wyandotte, OK 74370
918/666-2435 ext 247
FAX 918/533-4104

George Strack
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 1326
Miami, OK 74355
FAX 918/542-7260
Cell 317/625-1288

RaeLynn Butler
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Cultural Preservation Office
P.O. Box 580
Okmulgee, OK 74447
FAX 918/758-0649

Andrea A. Hunter, Ph.D.
Osage Nation
627 Grandview
Pawhuska, OK 74056
FAX 918/287-5376

Rhonda Dixon
Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma
13 South 69A
Miami, OK 74354
FAX 918/542-3214

Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 470
Pawnee, OK 74058
918/762-3227, Ext. 30
FAX 918/762-3662

Everett Bandy
Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 765
Quapaw, OK 74363-0765

Paul Barton
Seneca Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma
23701 South 655 Road
Grove, OK 74344
FAX 918/787-9440

Charles Coleman
Thlopthlocco Tribal Town
P.O. Box 188
Okemah, OK 74859
FAX 918/623-3023

Sherri Clemons
Wyandotte Nation
64700 East Highway 60
Wyandotte, OK 74370
918/678-2297 ext. 244
FAX 918/678-2944

For information about the application process for tribal governments, a complete list of THPOs nationwide, and other information about NPS tribal preservation programs, contact:

James Bird
Tribal Preservation Program
1201 Eye Street, NW (2255)
Washington, DC 20005
FAX 202/371-1794

The THPO title is also frequently used for individuals administering cultural resource programs for tribes that have not assumed SHPO duties.  Regardless of the Section 101(d)(2) status, tribal governments play a critical role in the national preservation program and federal agencies must consult them, as appropriate, during project planning to comply with Section 106 of the NHPA (see 36 CFR Part 800).  Federal agencies should confer with their respective Federal Preservation Officers (FPOs) for guidance in consultation with tribal governments, and the list of FPOs is available on the ACHP's website at  The ACHP also provides guidance to federal agencies, tribal governments, and others concerning issues relate to tribal consultation under Section 106.  The ACHP contact person is:

Valerie Hauser
Director, Office of Native American Affairs
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Also, refer to "Working Effectively with Tribal Governments" at The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides information about which tribes to consult under their programs at NPS provides resources for tribes as they work to protect their heritage and agencies consulting with them at

The websites of individual tribes can be extremely helpful to federal agencies as they plan the tribal consultation for their undertakings.  For example, some sites feature maps that clearly indicate the tribe's areas of interest for Section 106 consultation.  Other helpful information, including contact persons, is also provided.  The SHPO invited all federally recognized tribes in Oklahoma to have links to their respective websites listed below.  Other tribes will be added as the SHPO receives their information.

Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
The THPO program is our busiest and provides the bulk of our daily work. The office determines the necessary response for the Tribe’s areas of concern in our former land base, consisting of at least 23 states.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
With nine staff members, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Historic Preservation Department (CNHPD) upholds the sacred duty of protecting historic and sacred sites for the Choctaw people in a 9-state area of interest. The CNHPD website is an avenue for facility preservation-related consultation with federal and state agencies, as well as a means for disseminating information about Choctaw history, traditional culture, and classes offered by the department.

Comanche Nation
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The HP page has a link to Comanche Nation "Areas of Interest" maps for Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming, to aid in the search of the Section 106 Review Client.

Delaware Tribe
Contains contact information for tribe’s Section 106 and NAGPRA activities, links to tribal administrative pages and cultural preservation pages.

Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
This website provides tribal history, Shawnee language, lists of cultural events and various services the tribe provides to membership. the Eastern Shawnee Tribe’s consultation procedures for telecommunication projects and procedures for archaeological fieldwork and report format for consultation under section 106 of the national historic preservation act is also available on the website.

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
Contains information about the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma's interests and responsibilities in consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and contact information for staff.

Osage Nation
Contains (1) literary and academic references on the Osage, (2) map and state by state listing of counties of the Osage Ancestral Territories, and (3) the ONHPO Standards and Procedures documents.  We also have a large number of photographs and news articles documenting our work over the last four years as well as our contact information.

Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
The Quapaw Tribal Historic Preservation Department’s page has information about the duties and functions of the Quapaw Tribal Historic Preservation Office, and includes up to date contact information, office hours and consultation preferences for the Quapaw Tribe.

Last updated 10/16/2015