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Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest celebrates the National Historic Preservation Actís 50th anniversary

CSKT Preservation Office Heritage award recipient
By Kim Swaney

HELENA – The National Historic Preservation Act turns 50 years old on October 15 this year – it is much younger age wise than some of the historical places and cultural resources it protects.

When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Historic Preservation Act into law and amended over the years, several institutions were established, including state and tribal historic preservation offices, a National Historic Register of Historical Places, and additional federal processes and requirements were implemented.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Tribal Historic Preservation Office recently received notification that they were the recipients of a Heritage Award.

The heritage award recognizes significant contributions that the CSKT THPO has made towards historic preservation on the forests. “Beyond just consulting with us, your THPO staff have participated in numerous field visits and provided us with ideas, guidance, and services as we worked through some very complex NHPA issues [for example] damaged archaeology sites, field school issues, and collections management,” noted Mark Bodily, Forest Archaeologist & Heritage Program Manager with Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.

CSKT THPO plans to attend the anniversary event and accept the award the end of August near Helena.
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