Historical/Cultural Preservation

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Seneca Cayuga Culture & Historic Preservation Program

Tribal Historic Preservation Office

23701 S. 655 Rd, 10 Hwy
Grove, OK 74344
(918) 787-5452 Ext. 6061


William Tarrant

 Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO)
Director, Culture/Historic Preservation Program
NAGPRA Representative


The Seneca Cayuga Nation has through its Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO), assumed duties of the State Historic Preservation Officer on trust lands as allowed under the National Historic Preservation Act I16 U.S.C. 470] Section 101 (d)(2). This office is partially funded by the National Park Service.


Program Objectives

Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO)
National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Department of Interior
Section 101 (d) (2), National Historic Preservation Act, 16 U.S.C. §470(d) (2)

  • Survey of Historic Properties & Maintain Inventory
  • Identify & Nominate eligible properties to National Register
  • Prepare & Implement Historic Preservation Plan for Seneca Cayuga Nation
  • Administer Tribal Historic Preservation Program
  • Work with Federal, State, Secretary of Interior, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) at all levels of Planning and Development
  • Provide information, education, training and assistance in Historic Preservation
  • Tribal Consultation in accordance with National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) on Federal undertakings that may affect Historic Properties

Section 106 Consultation
National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) 36 C.F.R., Part 800

  • Review and Consultation of Federal Undertakings (Federally Funded Projects)
    • U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACOE)
    • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
    • Federal Highway Administration (FHA)
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    • U.S. National Park Service (NPS)
    • U.S. National Forest Service (USNFS)
  • Cell Tower Consultation
    • Utilize FCC’s Tower Construction Notification System (TCNS)
    • Receive & Review Cell Tower Construction Projects
    • Consultation Fees collected

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

  • Representatives of Seneca Cayuga Nation
  • Receive & Review of Notices of Inventory Completion lists
  • Receive & Review of Notices of Intent to Repatriate
  • Federal, State and Private Institutions
  • Collection Reviews


Activities Sponsored and Co-Sponsored

Culture Summer Camp
Tribal Youth Summer Camp

  • Language/ Crafts/ Games
  • Longhouse Etiquette
  • Tribal History
  • Lacrosse games with Neighboring Tribal Nation Youth Programs

NYA:WEH Project
Native Youth Awareness: Work Environment Habitat

  • Summer youth work program
  • Grounds keeping: Ceremonial Grounds, Community Building, Tribal Cemetery
  • Maintain Community Garden

Community Garden
Project to raise awareness and educate

  • Planting Corn for Cultural Purposes
  • Planting of Vegetables for Community Use
  • Provide garden area for Communal use

Social Dances
Social Gatherings for Tribal Community

  • Dinner
  • Longhouse Social Dances
  • Stomp Dances
  • Storytelling and activities

Language Classes
Classes to Teach Language and Culture of the Seneca Cayuga

  • Longhouse Teaching
  • Cayuga Language
  • Seneca Cayuga History
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Songs & Dances

Cultural Presentations
Seneca Cayuga Culture/History Presentations to Local Community

  • Local Schools
  • Community Events
  • Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers

ICW Program Day
Seneca Cayuga Indian Child Welfare Program Day

  • Connecting our Children in Tribal Custody to our Longhouse Community
  • Teaching and sharing of Tribal Traditions
  • Songs and Dances
  • Cultural Activities
  • Social gathering