OCTOBER 15, 1966

NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT OF 1966 SIGNED INTO LAW

The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), 54 U.S.C. 300101, et seq., was enacted by the Federal Government to preserve historical and archaeological sites in the United States. The Act created the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), the list of National Historic Landmarks, and the State Historic Preservation Offices.  Section 106 of the NHPA is concerned with the review of Federal undertakings for their effects on historic properties.  Agencies must consult on the impact of such undertakings with State Historic Preservation Officers, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, Indian tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHO).  Historic properties are any prehistoric or historic districts, sites, buildings, structures, or objects eligible for listing or already listed in the NRHP.  Also included are artifacts, records, and remains (surface or subsurface) related to and located within historic properties and any properties of traditional religious or cultural importance to tribes or NHOs.

Source:  “Federal Agency Compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act,” National Park Service.  Retrieved 7/16/2019, https://www.nps.gov/history/tribes/national_section_106.htm
Graphic:  Official Seal of U.S.  Public domain.  Created by the Federal Government.

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