Tribal Historic Preservation

Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

In 2007, the Band applied for and received a grant from the National Park Service to assume the responsibilities of the state historic preservation officer on tribal lands, thus creating the tribal historic preservation officer position.

From creating a database for site locations, to assisting other departments in incorporating language, culture and history into their work, to maintaining vigilant watch over activities in the area that could affect historically and culturally relevant sites, the Office of Tribal Historic Preservation has been active ever since.


The Tribal Historic Preservation Officer carries out many responsibilities and duties, including:

  • Executing the Historic Preservation Plan
  • Maintaining responsibilities of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
  • Managing and updating the THPO site database
  • Informing Tribal Council of potential threats from possible development to historically or culturally relevant sites
  • Educating tribal government staff about the history of the Band
  • Informing other tribal governments and entities of the history of the Band
  • Pursuing repatriation of ancestral remains and associated funerary objects from various institutions

If you have any questions about the Tribal Historic Preservation Office, contact Marcus Winchester.

Matt Bussler Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
(269) 462-4316 desk
(269) 519-0838 cell