Fulfilling our responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is a fundamental component of compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Section 106 outlines a process by which historic properties are identified, the effects of our transportation projects on those resources are assessed, and a resolution is achieved. An essential part of the Section 106 process is engagement with stakeholders, including consulting with Native American tribes and nations. Oftentimes, though, tribal concerns do not fit neatly within the parameters laid out by Section 106. Consequently, transportation agencies regularly develop unique ways to address tribal concerns within and beyond Section 106 compliance.
This workshop will present examples from state Departments of Transportation that partnered with tribes to develop creative ways to address tribal concerns. Ultimately, this synergy resulted in projects that support tribally important plant and tree species, help maintain tribal ceremonial activities, create educational experiences and employment opportunities, protect cultural resources, and bring tribal history and aesthetics to a larger audience.
Workshop: Hypothetical bridge replacement project
Discussion and review of actual implementation on the Four Bears bridge replacement located over Lake Sakakawea on the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes), Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota.
Using Tribally Important Plantings in Wetland Mitigation Projects
Brennan Dolan, Iowa Department of Transportation
Timing is Everything: Construction and Ceremonial Activities Can Coexist
Rhonda Fair, Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Integrating Traditional Knowledge in the Section 106 Process: An NCHRP Study and Future Directions
Jeani Borchert, North Dakota Department of Transportation
Stephanie Stoermer, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Merging Archaeology and Tribal Outreach: The US 550/160 Connection Project in Durango, Colorado
Dan Jepson, Colorado Department of Transportation
Stewardship of the Hinds Walnut Tree, a Culturally Significant Tree Species to the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Jessica Bochart-Leusch, Oregon Department of Transportation
Telling the Rest of the Story: Aesthetic Treatments and Educational Kiosks
Erica Schneider, Ohio Department of Transportation
Jason Watkins, Ohio Department of Transportation
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