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Archaeology First Thursdays: Eirik Thorsgard
Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 4:00pm
Archaeology First Thursdays: Eirik Thorsgard

Portland State University’s Anthropology Department Presents:

Traditional Cultural Properties and Sacred Sites

Portland State University Archaeology First Thursdays Lecture Series

Thursday November 1st, 4:00pm

PSU Cramer Hall 41


Presented by: Eirik Thorsgard, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde

Important places for indigenous people exist throughout the landscape.  The definition and meaning of these places varies greatly among indigenous groups. These important places have come to be referred to as Traditional Cultural Properties (TCP).  Federal legislation (i.e., National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act [NHPA]) and other heritage management process has struggled in defining, documenting, and delineating important places to indigenous people. One of the most successful tools created for the identification of TCP’s is Bulletin 38, which has greatly assisted with the identification, documentation, and protection of vitally important cultural landscapes for indigenous people.    Understanding TCP’s and how to engage local Tribes is intrinsically necessary to ensure that projects fulfill their legal obligations while being completed on time and on budget.

Eirik Thorsgard, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) and Grand Ronde tribal member will be presenting on the identification, consultation, and justification of Cultural Landscapes with a focus on Traditional Cultural Properties. He will be engaging the audience on generalized and specific questions regarding avoidance and mitigation.