“Through valuable partnerships we are able to assist communities and tribes in ensuring the diverse historic places, culture and traditions that make our country unique and protected for future generations.” – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
Nation awarded historic preservation grant
Washington – The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Parks Service released a statement in late May announcing the appropriation of over $60 million in historic preservation grants for states and territories and $11.4 million to the historic preservation offices of 175 tribes.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation was named as one of the recipients, for the amount of $61,290.
The Nation’s Historic and Preservation Department’s principal role is to protect and preserve ‘valued historic and cultural resources of the Muscogee Nation,’ according to their website.
Resources such as the documents, research and reference materials found in the department’s library/archives. The department also operates the Nation’s cemetery project, which is tasked with locating and documenting Creek cemeteries.
The Nation has been a recipient of this grant since 2010, which helps to fund the preservation of any sites spanning numerous southern states in which the Nation is considered to have left its “footprint.”
According to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, fees collected from drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf supported the funding for these grants.
“Through valuable partnerships we are able to assist communities and tribes in ensuring the diverse historic places, culture and traditions that make our country unique and protected for future generations,” Zinke said.