U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service announced the distribution of historic preservation grants to Minnesota as well as to 10 tribal historic preservation offices in the state.
Of the funding distributed, $462,881 went to the state, while $285,766 went to tribal governments. Locally, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe each received funding as part of the grant. The Mille Lacs Band received $28,661 and the Leech Lake Band received $32,634.
This funding, part of $25.5 million going to states and tribes across the country, represents a total of $58 million the National Park Service has invested in the preservation efforts to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and partnering nations this year.
"These grants highlight the department's and the National Park Service's commitment to preserving U.S. and tribal history and heritage," Bernhardt stated in a news release. "Through valuable partnerships,we are able to help communities and tribes protect the diverse historic places, culture, and traditions unique to our country for future generations."
Administered by the National Park Service, these funds are appropriated annually by Congress from the Historic Preservation Fund. Offshore drilling funds are directed to the fund, which supports preservation programs at state historic preservation offices and ensures local involvement by passing 10 percent of state funding through competitive subgrants to certified local governments.
All funding to the states and the District of Columbia requires a 40 percent non-federal match, which leverages state, local, and private dollars to do more with the federal investment, the release stated. Tribal grants do not require a match, although all tribes supplement their funding to accomplish their tribal preservation office mission.