Tribal Historic Preservation Project
In February of 2005, The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council assumed the responsibilities of the SHPO. By doing so the Tribal Historic Preservation Office was established. The Tribal Historic Preservation Office’s mission is to protect and preserve all aspects of Ojibwa (Aniishinabe), also known as Chippewa, culture including the aspects of development and protecting cultural sites and artifacts, as well as intellectual property rights for culturally specific language and art.
The KBIC Archives houses elder interviews, books, articles, ethnographical materials, etc. Documents that are deemed sensitive are withheld from public display, in order to protect culturally significant resources.
Currently, access to the KBIC Archives is restricted. Persons who wish to access the archives must do so in the form of a written request, stating the reasons for requiring access, and what information is going to be gathered and utilized as. Requests can be sent to Gary Loonsfoot.
Section 106 refers to the federal review process designed to ensure the historic properties are considered during federal project planning and execution. The advisory council on historic preservation, an independent federal agency, administers the review process with assistance from the state historic preservation office.