The Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) was established
in 2000 after the Nation received a recognition letter from the
National Park Service.
The THPO is charged with facilitating the Nation's involvement
within Section 106 (National Historic Preservation Act of 1966) and
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. These Acts
mandate that any ground-disturbing, federally-funded project must
first consider its potential impacts to historic properties,
cultural resources and/or funerary sites. Additionally, the THPO is
consulted for all such off-reservation, aboriginal territorial
THPO responsibilities include:
Government-to-government consultations (agency meetings, site
visits and correspondence)
Project Review and Assessments related to historic properties
and cultural resources
Project-specific mitigation efforts
On-site mentoring for sensitive sites
Record keeping and retrieval systems
Internal and External educational efforts
THPO has successfully provided a Seneca voice in countless
projects since its formation and worked with multiple Federal
agencies and organizations such as United States Department of
Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Interior and the
Department of Transportation.
THPO short term goals include refinement of the Cultural
Resource Management Systems, the development of a Tribal Register
for internal and external reference and the continuation of
effective government to government consultation concerning Section
102 and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
One major long term goal includes preparing for the upcoming
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission re-licensing of the First
Energy Corporation Power Plant at the Kinzua Dam.