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ACHP Native Youth Program

ACHP Native Youth Program
The ACHP’s Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) launched a Native Youth Initiative in 2015 that has two goals: 1) to introduce Native youth to historic preservation as a potential career choice, and 2) to provide Native youth an opportunity to voice concerns regarding the protection of sacred sites. Introducing historic preservation as a career choice responds directly to concerns expressed by Tribal Historic Preservation Officers about attracting tribal youth to work for or succeed them. It is a significant component of building the capacity of both Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organization to participate in the national preservation program both now and in the future.

The program is part of the ACHP’s Youth and Historic Preservation Initiative which strives to educate young people on the benefits preservation offers to local communities and the nation and encourage them to enjoy history in their own backyards and beyond. The ACHP maintains a program specific to Native youth in order to appropriately and respectfully address cultural sensitivities and to respect tribal sovereignty. Therefore, in November 2015, the ACHP adopted a strategic plan for its Native youth program. A copy of the plan can be found here.

The program includes a variety of specific initiatives such as in-person events in which Native youth can interact with preservation professionals and participate in preservation activities; providing information through the ACHP’s Native youth Facebook page, at Preservation-Indigenous-Native-Youth/618814861585123 and on this page; and, historic preservation distance learning.


Native Youth in Historic Preservation Newsletter

Historic Preservation: Information for Native Youth

Historic Preservation: Information for Adults Working with Native Youth

Historic Preservation Career Possibilities for Native Youth

How Native Youth Can Become Involved with Historic Preservation

Free 15-Minute Course: “What is Section 106?”

(Scroll down to “What is Section 106?” in the E-Learning Course Catalogue section: a one-time registration is required for this FREE course.

Youth and Historic Preservation

Outreach and Events News

Facebook. The Preservation Indigenous Native Youth Facebook page was established in March 2015 as a tool to share information. The page’s following continues to grow and is connecting Native youth, tribes and those who work with youth across the country with information and opportunities related to historic and cultural preservation developments, and career and educational opportunities.

Dr. Dorothy Lippert (right), a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, talks with Native Youth at the UNITY Career Expo.

Roundtables and workshops. Events such as roundtables and workshops provide opportunities for Native youth to learn about careers in preservation and engage in conversations about sacred sites and the field of historic preservation in general. These also provide ACHP members and staff opportunities to learn from Native youth!

An inaugural roundtable discussion took place in May 2015 with tribal youth at the annual Cultural Resource Protection Summit hosted by the Suquamish Tribe in Washington. Tribal youth from the region had an opportunity to interact with summit attendees during a lunch roundtable led by Suquamish Chairman Leonard Forsman, also a member of the ACHP.

At the White House Tribal Youth Gathering held July 2015 in Washington, D.C., 90 Native youth participated in the Cultural Preservation and Revitalization breakout session. ACHP Member Dorothy Lippert served on the federal panel for this session and heard firsthand about youth concerns regarding cultural preservation and their suggestions for improvements.

Also in 2015, a day-long gathering with tribal youth and adult historic preservation professionals (tribal and non-tribal) from southern New England was co-hosted by the ACHP and the Mohegan Tribe. This event included a visit to an active field school site, roundtable lunch discussion, and visit to a Mohegan sacred site.

For the past several years the ACHP has also hosted workshops at the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Conference on sacred sites protection and career interests and has a booth at the UNITY Career Expo. Some workshops were co-hosted with federal partners in the interagency Sacred Sites Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) ( The ACHP is also partnering with several other agencies and leading the Working Group on Native Youth in Historic Preservation.

The ACHP and the Working Group produce a newsletter several times a year on Native Youth in Historic Preservation (see above), which includes information on internships and other opportunities!

For more information on the Native Youth Program, contact Rae Gould at or 202-517-0196, and see our list of Resources above!

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