What is a THPO Officer?
THPO stands for Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.
THPO’s are officially designated by a federally-recognized Indian Tribe’s government to direct a program approved by the National Park Service.
Their plans have emphasized the importance of the oral tradition and language, as well as, consulting Tribal elders and spiritual leaders with special knowledge of the Tribe’s traditions. They also have given emphasis to the importance of protecting “traditional cultural properties” (TCPs).
Duties of the THPO:
THPO’s work diligently to ensure that Federal agencies comply with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and other federal laws established for the protection of environmental and cultural resources that may be impacted by Federal undertakings.
THPO’s also work closely with State and local agencies, within the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians’ Area of Interest, through Section 106 Compliance/Review and Government to Government Consultation.
THPO’s provide technical assistance that is essential to Native language conservation and revitalization. Our department has classes twice a week via skype with Nicholas Charleston, a teacher at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
THPO’s work with Tribal elders conducting oral history interviews, for preservation purposes, of stories and events from the past.
THPO’s work with local, state, and federal law enforcement to stop and prosecute looters of archaeological sites through the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA).
THPO’s work to repatriate human remains, funerary items, sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony held by federal agencies or museums, or that were intentionally excavated or inadvertently discovered on federal or tribal lands through the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
THPO’s locate and document sites of cultural and spiritual significance to the Tribe to ensure their perpetuity and protection.
THPO’s are the repositories for archaeological records and historical documents. We are working to preserve priceless records, pictures and other information pertaining to our Tribal History.
THPO’s also work with Tribal Youth to preserve their culture, through programs, classes, camps, and activities.
Traditional Choctaw Crafters- Past & Present
- George Allen
- Jerry Don Jackson
- Ricky Jackson
- Anderson Lewis
- Clyde Jackson
- George Allen
- Chipper Fisher
- Bill Fisher
China berry necklace
- Mary Jackson Jones
- Christy Lewis Murphy
- Rose Fisher Greer
- Hope Jones
- Dorothy Sue Lewis Franklin
- Darlene Lewis
- Lillie Berryman Williamson
- Rachel Jackson Stevens
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Powwow in the Pines
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Chahta Anumpa (Choctaw Language)
Choctaw Language Classes
Nicholas Charleston, a Choctaw Language Teacher at Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, meets with several tribal families via skype two nights a week. Nicholas works with each level of training, from the newer students to the more advanced. We may work very hard in the classes, but Nicholas makes it so that you enjoy what you are learning. Mr. Clyde Jackson would join us as one of the last fluent speakers of the original Jena Band of Choctaw dialect. These classes are being done with the hope that the Choctaw Language will continue on and be passed down to the next generation.
Mr. Clyde Jackson 01/02/47-03/18/15
Mr. Clyde was one of the few remaining fluent, Native speakers of the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians. He would join us during most of our classes. He, along with Nicholas, made our classes enjoyable. The students loved and appreciated interacting with him during the class. It was a big help to have him with us to help us learn the Jena dialect, as it varies slightly from the Oklahoma and Mississippi dialects in some instances. Everyone looked up to him, not only as an elder, but as a distinguished leader of the Tribe. Mr. Clyde passed away on March 18, 2015. Mr. Clyde will be greatly missed not only by our Chahta class, but also by all of the Tribal members and their families. Chi pisa la chine (I’ll see you later), Mr. Clyde!