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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 "*."

* Absentee Shawnee Tribe
Attn: Governor George Blanchard
2025 S. Gordon Cooper Dr.
Shawnee, OK   74801
405/275-4030
FAX 405/275-5637
http://www.absenteeshawneetribe-nsn.gov

Alabama Quassarte Tribal Town
Attn: Chief Tarpie Yargee
101 E. Broadway
P.O. Box 187
Wetumka, OK 74883
405/452-3987
FAX 405/452-3968
http://www.alabama-quassarte.org

Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chairperson Donald Cabaniss, Jr.
P.O. Box 1330
Anadarko, OK 73005
405/247-9493
FAX 405/247-2686
http://www.apachetribe.org

* Caddo Nation
Attn: Chairperson Brenda Edwards
P.O. Box 487
Binger, OK 73009
405/656-2901
FAX 405/656-2892
bgedwards@caddonation.org
http://www.caddonation-nsn.gov

Cherokee Nation
Attn: Principal Chief Bill John Baker
P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah, OK 74465
918/456-0671
FAX 918/458-5580
communications@cherokee.org
http://www.cherokee.org

* Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
Attn: Governor Eddie Hamilton
P.O. Box 167
Concho, OK 73022
405/262-0345
FAX 405/422-7733
http://www.c-a-tribes.org

Chickasaw Nation
Attn: Governor Bill Anoatubby
P.O. Box 1548
Ada, OK 74821
580/436-2603
FAX 580/436-4287
http://www.chickasaw.net

* Choctaw Nation
Attn: Chief Gregory E. Pyle
P.O. Drawer 1210
Durant, OK 74702
580/924-8280
FAX 580/924-1150
http://www.choctawnation.com

* Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Attn: Chairperson John A. Barrett
1601 S. Gordon Cooper Drive
Shawnee, OK  74801
405/275-3121
FAX 405/275-0198
rbarrett@potawatomi.org
http://www.potawatomi.org

* Comanche Nation
Attn: Chairman Wallace Coffey
P.O. Box 908
Lawton, OK  73502
580/492-3751
FAX 580/492-3796
info@comanchenation.com
http://www.comanchenation.com

Delaware Nation
Attn: Vice-President C.J. Watkins
P.O. Box 825
Anadarko, OK 73005
405/247-2448
FAX 405/247-9393
http://www.delawarenation.com

Delaware Tribe of Indians
Attn: Chief Paula Pechonick
170 NE Barbara
Bartlesville, OK 74006
918/336-5272
FAX 918/337-6591
ppechonick@delawaretribe.org
http://www.delawaretribe.org

* Eastern Shawnee Tribe
Attn: Chief Glenna J. Wallace
P.O. Box 350
Seneca, MO 64865
918/666-2435
FAX 918/666-2186
http://www.estoo-nsn.gov

Fort Sill Apache Tribe
Attn: Chairperson Jeff Houser
Route 2 Box 121
Apache, OK 73006
580/588-2298
FAX 580/588-3133
http://www.fortsillapache-nsn.gov

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chairperson Janice Rowe-Kurak
Route 1 Box 721
Perkins, OK 74059
405/547-2402
FAX 405/547-1032
rowe-kurak@iowanation.org
http://www.iowanation.org

Kaw Nation of Oklahoma
Attn: Chairperson Guy Munroe
P.O. Box 50
Kaw City, OK 74641
580/269-2552
FAX 580/269-2301
http://www.kawnation.com

Kialegee Tribal Town
Attn: Mekko Tiger Hobia
P.O. Box 332
Wetumka, OK 74883
405/452-3262
FAX 405/452-3413
No Website Found

Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chairperson Gilbert Salazar
P.O. Box 70
McLoud, OK 74851
405/964-7053
FAX 405/964-7065
gsalazar@kickapootribeofoklahoma.com
http://www.kickapootribeofoklahoma.com

Kiowa Tribe
Attn: Chairman Ron Twohatchet
P.O. Box 369
Carnegie, OK 73015
580/654-2300 or Toll Free 1-855-228-9975
FAX 580/654-2188
kbo@kiowatribe.org
http://www.kiowatribe.org

* Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chief Douglas Lankford
P.O. Box 1326
Miami, OK  74355
918/542-1445
FAX 918/542-7260
info@miamination.com
http://www.miamination.com

Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chief Bill Follis
418 G Street SE
Miami, OK 74354
918/542-1190
FAX 918/542-5415
http://www.modoctribe.net

* Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Attn: Principal Chief George Tiger
P.O. Box 580
Okmulgee, OK 74447
918/756-8700
FAX 918/758-1434
http://www.muscogeenation-nsn.gov

Osage Nation
Attn: Chief Scott Bighorse
627 Grandview
Pawhuska, OK 74056
918/287-5432
FAX 918/287-2257
lteeman@osagetribe.org
http://www.osagetribe.com

Otoe-Missouria Tribe
Attn: Chairperson John R. Shotton
8151 Highway 177
Red Rock, OK 74651
580/723-4466
FAX 580/723-1015
jshotton@omtribe.org
http://www.omtribe.org

* Ottawa Tribe
Attn: Chief Ethel Cook
P.O. Box 110
Miami, OK 7435
918/542-6162
FAX 918/542-3214
adawetribe@sbcglobal.net
http://www.ottawatribe.org

* Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
Attn: President Marshall Gover
P.O. Box 470
Pawnee, OK 74058
918/762-3621
FAX 918/762-6446
http://www.pawneenation.org

Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
Attn: Chief John P. Froman
P.O. Box 1527
Miami, OK 74355
918/540-2535
FAX 918/540-2538
jfroman@peoriatribe.com
http://www.peoriatribe.com

Ponca Nation
Attn: Chairperson Douglas G. Rhodd
20 White Eagle Drive
Ponca City, OK 74601
580/762-8104
FAX 580/762-2743
http://www.ponca.com

* Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chairperson John Berrey
P.O. Box 765
Quapaw, OK 74363
918/542-1853
FAX 918/542-4694
jberrey@ogahpah.com
http://www.quapawtribe.com

Sac and Fox Nation
Attn: Chief George Thurman
920883 S. Hwy 99 Bldg. A
Stroud, OK 74079
918/968-3526
FAX 918/968-1142
http://www.sacandfoxnation-nsn.gov

Seminole Nation
Attn: Chief Leonard Harjo
P.O. Box 1498
Wewoka, OK 74884
405/257-7200
FAX 405/257-7209
http://sno-nsn.gov/

* Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chief Leroy Howard
23701 South 655 Rd.
Grove, OK 74344
918/542-6609 or Toll Free 1-866-787-5452
FAX 918/787-5521
lhoward@sctribe.com
http://www.sctribe.com

Shawnee Tribe
Attn: Chairperson Ron Sparkman
P.O. Box 189
Miami, OK 74355
918/542-2441
FAX 918/542-2922
rondedel@gmail.com
http://www.shawnee-tribe.com

* Thlopthlocco Tribal Town
Attn: George Scott, Mekko
P.O. Box 188
Okemah, OK 74859
918/560-6198
FAX 918/560-6196
http://www.tttown.org

Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma
Attn: Chairperson Donald Patterson
1 Rush Buffalo Road
Tonkawa, OK 74653
580/628-2561
FAX 580/628-3375
mallen@tonkawatribe.com
http://www.tonkawatribe.com

United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
Attn: Chief George Wickliffe
P.O. Box 746
Tahlequah, OK 74465
918/431-1818
FAX 918/431-1873
http://www.ukb-nsn.gov

Wichita and Affiliated Tribes
Attn: President Terri Parton
P.O. Box 729
Anadarko, OK 73005
405/247-2425
FAX 405/247-2430
http://www.wichitatribe.com

* 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
http://www.wyandotte-nation.org

Other useful information may be found on the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) website at: http://www.bia.gov.

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 http://www.achp.gov and at http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/section106.htm. 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.

Fifteen (15) Oklahoma tribal governments currently have formal THPO status (Section 101(d)(2) of the NHPA), including the Absentee Shawnee, Caddo Tribe, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Choctaw Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Comanche Nation, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Muscogee (Creek) 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
joseph.blanchard@astribe.com

Robert Cast
THPO
Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma
Tribal Historic Preservation Office
P.O. Box 487
Binger, OK 73009
405/656-2901
rcast@caddonation.org

Andrew Willey
THPO
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
100 Red Moon Circle
P.O. Box 167
Concho, OK 73022
405/422-7630
awilley@c-a-tribes.org

Ian Thompson
HPO, Tribal Archaeologist
Director, Historic Preservation Department
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
P.O. Drawer 1210
Durant, OK 74702-1210
580/924-8280
1-800-522-6170, ext. 2216
ithompson@choctawnation.com

Kelli Mosteller
THPO
Citizen Potawatomi Nation
1899 South Gordon Cooper Drive
Shawnee, OK 74801
405/878-5830
kelli.mosteller@potawatomi.org

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

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

George Strack
THPO
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 1326
Miami, OK 74355
918/542-1442
FAX 918/542-7260
Cell 317/625-1288
gstrack@miamination.com

Emman Spain
THPO
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Cultural Preservation Office
P.O. Box 580
Okmulgee, OK 74447
918/732-7733
FAX 918/758-0649
espain@mcn-nsn.gov

Rhonda Dixon
THPO
Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma
13 South 69A
Miami, OK 74354
918/542-6162
FAX 918/542-3214
dixon_rhonda@sbcglobal.net

Gordon Adams
THPO
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 470
Pawnee, OK 74355
918/762-3227, Ext. 30
FAX 918/762-6446
gadams@pawneenation.org

Everett Bandy
THPO
Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 765
Quapaw, OK 74363-0765
918/542-1853
918/542-4694
ebandy@quapawtribe.com

Paul Barton
THPO
Seneca Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma
23701 South 655 Road
Grove, OK 74344
918/533-0664
FAX 918/787-9440
pbarton@sctribe.com

Charles Coleman
THPO
Thlopthlocco Tribal Town
P.O. Box 188
Okemah, OK 74859
918/560-6198
FAX 918/623-3023
chascoleman75@yahoo.com

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

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
Chief
Tribal Preservation Program
NPS\HPS\WASO
1201 Eye Street, NW (2255)
Washington, DC 20005
202/354-1837
FAX 202/371-1794
james_bird@nps.gov
(http://grants.cr.nps.gov/THPO_Review/index.cfm)

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 http://www.achp.gov.  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
202/606-8530
vhauser@achp.gov
http://www.achp.gov

Also, refer to "Working Effectively with Tribal Governments" at http://www.golearn.gov. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides information about which tribes to consult under their programs at http://egis.hud.gov/tdat/tribal.aspx. NPS provides resources for tribes as they work to protect their heritage and agencies consulting with them at http://www.nps.gov/tribes.

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
http://www.astribe.com

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
http://www.choctawnationculture.com/historic-preservation/historic-preservation-dept.aspx
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
http://www.comanchenation.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&layout=category&task=category&id=92&Itemid=205
OR  http://www.comanchenation.com then scroll over the culture icon
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
http://www.delawaretribe.org/dthpo.htm
Contains contact information for tribe’s Section 106 and NAGPRA activities, links to tribal administrative pages and cultural preservation pages.

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
http://www.miamination.com/mto/thpo.html
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
http://www.osagetribe.com/historicpreservation/
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.

Last updated 5/15/2014