Washington, D.C. 20554 News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
March 18, 2015
LIST OF TRIBAL NATIONS AND STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICERS ELIGIBLE FOR GRANTS FROM POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL CULTURAL RESOURCE FUND
On May 19, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it had entered into Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the seven Class I freight rail companies to address the railroads’ construction prior to May 31, 2013, of positive train control (PTC) facilities that may not have undergone the statutorily required environmental and historic preservation review. Through these landmark agreements, the freight railroads agreed to create a Cultural Resource Fund totaling ten million dollars to provide funding directly to Tribal Nations and State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) to support cultural and historic preservation projects.1 The MOUs provide that the FCC will issue a notice of eligibility identifying the Tribal Nations and SHPOs that are qualified to apply for cultural and historic preservation grants from the Fund. This public notice officially identifies those Tribal Nations and SHPOs.
The purpose of the Fund is to support Tribal and State cultural and historic preservation programs. All federally-recognized Tribal Nations, and their entities, that, on or before December 31, 2013, registered in the FCC’s Tower Construction Notification System (TCNS) an interest in consultation in any area(s) where PTC wireless communications facilities were constructed prior to and including May 2013 (Eligible Tribes) will be eligible to apply for grants. SHPOs for each state where PTC wireless communications facilities were constructed prior to and including May 2013 will also be eligible to apply for grants.
Programs eligible for support from the Fund include existing cultural and historic preservation initiatives as well as new projects. Eligible Tribes and SHPOs can apply for grants from the Fund to conduct or commission field surveys, ethnographic studies or other cultural resource reports; to purchase or enhance existing hardware and /or software used for processing historic preservation review requests; to pay the salaries of employees or contractors hired by an Eligible Tribe or SHPO to increase its capacity to conduct any aspect of a cultural or historic preservation initiative, including future historic preservation review; for cultural or historic preservation staff training; or to engage in other related cultural and historic preservation activities.
The MICA Group has been selected by the Class I freight railroads to administer the Cultural Resource Fund grants program. Eligible Tribes and SHPOs will receive information letters that will include additional details about programs eligible for support from the MICA Group in early April. Grant applications will be available in early May. Additional information can be found at www.micagroup.org.
The following is the official list of Tribal Nations and their Entities eligible to receive grants from the Cultural Resource Fund:
Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
Ak Chin Indian Community Council
Akwesasne Mohawk Territory
Alabama Quassarte Tribal Town
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians
Big Sandy Rancheria Band of Western Mono Indians
Burns Paiute Tribe
Cabazon Tribe of Mission Indians
Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians
California Valley Miwok Tribe
Campo Band of Mission Indians
Carson Community Council
Catawba Indian Nation Cultural Preservation Project
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, State Historic Preservation Office
Pennsylvania Bureau for Historic Preservation
South Carolina Department of Archives & History
South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office
Tennessee Historical Commission
Texas Historical Commission
Utah State History
Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Washington Department of Archeology & Historic Preservation
West Virginia Division of Culture & History, Historic Preservation Office
Wisconsin Historical Society
Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office
Office of Native Affairs and Policy contact: Irene M. Flannery, Deputy Chief, Irene.Flannery@fcc.gov or (202) 418-1307
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau contact: Steve DelSordo, Federal Preservation Officer, Stephen.Delsordo@fcc.gov or (202) 418-1986
Media contact: Cecilia Sulhoff, Cecilia.Sulhoff@fcc.gov or (202) 418-0587.
1See FCC Announces Two Actions to Facilitate Positive Train Control Implementation, News Release (rel. May 19, 2014). Copies of the Memoranda of Understanding between the freight railroads and the FCC are available at http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/positive-train-control-ptc.