Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Tribal Historic Preservation Office
The Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO Office) was created to protect and preserve cultural resources of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska to ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to learn about and embrace their unique cultural heritage. The THPO Office will do this by identifying, evaluating, and protecting historic, archaeological, and other cultural resources across the Ponca’s historic homeland.
The Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) is responsible for the following:
- Consulting with outside agencies as required through Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act to protect and preserve Ponca cultural resources that may be affected by federal undertakings.
- Serving as the primary contact for any Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) issues such as the repatriation and reburial of human remains and pursuing Ponca items of cultural patrimony in museums.
- Maintaining a Tribal Register of Historic Places with up to date information on the various Ponca cultural resources included in the register.
- Providing public information, education and training and technical assistance to the Tribal Historic Preservation Program, other departments, and tribal members.
- Assisting with the maintenance of the Tribal Archives and Museum
If you have any information regarding Ponca sites or objects that you would like to share or are interested in learning more about Ponca history, please reach out to the THPO Office.
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
2523 Woodbine Street
PO Box 288
Niobrara, NE 68760