Consistent with the tribal goals of the Sovereign Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, the primary purpose of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office is to ensure the protection and preservation of valued historic and cultural resources for future generations. The THPO serves as the contact for statutory and regulatory compliance consultation regarding Federal Historic and Cultural Preservation Laws.
The Ponca Tribe was awarded a THPO (Tribal Historic Preservation Office) grant in April of 2016 from the National Park Service, who provides funding to tribes that have signed agreements with the National Park Service to have an approved Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) to protect and conserve tribal culture and historic assets and sites. The purpose of the grant is to provide funding to assist THPO in the execution of the preservation program activities pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1996, as amended, and any other relevant laws. THPO department is now located in the Dana Knight Social Services building at 121 White Eagle Drive.
The operation of the THPO is to conduct documentation and preservation projects necessary for sustaining an integrated culture. The tribe is committed to its historic duties, not just within the jurisdictional geopolitical boundaries in Oklahoma but also with the traditional or aboriginal territory of the Ponca Tribe.
Survey and Inventory are focused on identification of cultural sites and development of a comprehensive cultural resource management plan.
Review and Compliance are based on the Section 106 compliance activities for conducting, sponsoring, and participating in various Section 106 review and compliance activities throughout the year.
National Register is a component that the Ponca Tribe THPO office will work on adding traditional cultural properties for designation for nomination to the National Register, and will participate in cooperative evaluations of properties associated with federal undertakings with other tribes.
Development/Acquisition/Covenants are plans of the Ponca THPO to conduct, sponsor, and participate in programmatic agreement consultation with federal and state agencies and other tribes.
Local Government Certification is completed through the Ponca THPO partnering with relevant agencies to conduct and/or schedule in-house training and certification of THPO staff in PHASE I and PHASE II archaeological survey methodology, ground-penetrating radar, and GIS techniques for conducting survey and cultural resource inventory.
Other or Education (Optional program area) Ponca THPO may conduct presentations and/or educational programs related to the Section 106 process, tribal history, culture, language, and related historic preservation topics.