September 30, 2011
Dr. Andrea A. Hunter (Director) and James Munkres (Archaeologist I) of the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office (ONHPO) attended a consultation meeting with multiple state National Guards in Oklahoma City between September 26th and September 29th, 2011. This meeting was the third in a series of annual meetings hosted by the Oklahoma National Guard between the National Guard and various Tribes with historic preservation concerns in the state of Oklahoma. Representatives of the ONHPO have attended all three meetings.
Participation by other state National Guards has increased over the past three years. This meeting was again hosted by the Oklahoma National Guard and attended by representatives of the Arkansas, Texas, Georgia, and Florida National Guards. The ONHPO is principally concerned with talking with representatives of the Oklahoma, Arkansas, and, to a lesser extent, Texas National Guards.
The primary topics for discussion consisted of issues related to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. The ONHPO works with these regulations in concert with Federal agencies to ensure that places of historic and cultural significance to the Osage people are protected and preserved and that the physical remains of the Osage people and their ancestors currently located in museums and other institutions and items of cultural patrimony for the Osage are returned and treated appropriately.
The ONHPO is in the process of drafting Memoranda of Understanding with the Arkansas National Guard and the Oklahoma National Guard.