Environmental laws and review processes at the federal, state and local level require consideration be given to protecting significant historic, archaeological and traditional cultural use sites from damage or loss during development. The Squaxin island Tribe’s Cultural Resources Department and Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) works with agencies, tribes, private citizens and developers to identify and develop protection strategies to assure that the Tribe’s (and Washington’s) cultural heritage is not lost.
Environmental laws, such as the National Preservation Act and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) require that impacts to cultural resources be considered during the public envionmental review process.
The National Historic Preservation Act requires that all federal agencies consider cultural resources as part of their licensing, permitting and funding decisions. As part of that process, each agency must consult with the Tribe’s THPO to ensure cultural resources are identified and to obtain the formal opinion of the office on each site’s significance and the impact of its action upon the site. Off reservation projects are no different. Consultation with the THPO is necessary in addition to SHPO (State Historic Preservation Office).
For more information, call 360-426-9781