The Historic Preservation Office encompasses the Archeology & Research, Cultural Protection, and Cultural Collections Programs. Each program contributes to the identification, recording, and protection of the Tribe’s cultural resources. The Office, through its staff reviews and comments, coordinates with federal and state agencies as outlined by Law and Tribal Ordinance on projects throughout the Tribe’s ceded and ancestral homelands. By advocating for the tribe’s cultural resources (artifacts, materials, places, and practices) the Office maintains and demonstrates stewardship responsibilities linked to its sovereignty and maintains connection throughout its ceded lands.
The Cultural Collections Program provides essential services to the Tribe including management and preservation of cultural materials, providing access to archival materials and artifact collections and the gathering of the Tribe’s cultural materials and collections (documents, photos, objects, digital media and artifacts). This program provides the process for donations and acquisitions of historic and contemporary materials relating to CTGR and community. In addition, this program helps to educate the community about the Grand Ronde people.
The Cultural Protection Program utilizes existing state and federal laws to identify and protect cultural resources within the Tribe’s Ceded and Ancestral lands. Through coordination with state and federal agencies, Program staff review projects for their potential impacts to known and or likely cultural resources including places of ongoing use such as gathering or hunting.
The Archaeology & Research Program’s mission is to identify, preserve, and perpetuate the cultural heritage of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde by researching, identifying, and recording archaeological and other cultural resources within the reservation boundaries and when necessary off reservation. Conducts surveys, limited excavations, background research, and other appropriate duties to ensure tribal government compliance with Tribal, State, and Federal Cultural Resources Laws.