Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Master of Arts (MA)

Degree Name

Anthropology (Cultural Heritage Option)

Department or School/College

Department of Anthropology

Committee Chair

John Douglas

Commitee Members

Gregory Campbell, George Price


Historic Preservation, THPO, Cultural Heritage, Oregon Tribes


University of Montana

Subject Categories

Archaeological Anthropology | Cultural Heritage Law


As of December 31, 2015, of the 567 federally recognized tribes, 167 have established a THPO (at the time of this writing) that is recognized by the National Park Service (NPS). To manage a federally recognized THPO, a tribe must officially enter into agreements with the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. There are a total of nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon, of which six have a federally recognized THPO. Two of the Oregon THPO’s were interviewed: The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Indian Community and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. The goal of this research is twofold: through the interviews, I hope to understand the challenges that these tribes faced when they first began the process of creating their THPO and to find ways to make starting and operating a THPO less of a challenge.



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