Program Mission Statement
The CRPP promotes the protection, preservation, and perpetuation of the CTUIR's culturally significant places and resources for the benefit of current and future generations.
About the CRPP
In the past, non-Indian archaeologists had control of how cultural resources were managed on tribal, federal, state, and private lands. Management decisions were often based on values other than protection of cultural resources. This resulted in the destruction of many sites important to tribes.
In 1987, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation developed the Cultural Resources Protection Program. The CRPP began to work with federal agencies in the archaeological decision making process, on tribal lands and on lands ceded by the CTUIR to the U.S. in the Treaty of 1855.
The CRPP uses a variety of tools to educate federal, state, and local agencies about cultural resource laws, executive orders, and tribal concerns. The CRPP also contracts with these agencies to provide services that help them comply with cultural resource laws.
The CRPP's approach to cultural resource management has changed the archaeological community in the CTUIR's ceded lands. Where there once was no Native American involvement in the management of cultural resources, Native American involvement is now a necessity. Incorporating traditional knowledge of how our ancestors managed cultural resources into archaeological methods has given the archaeological community insight into the fact that tribes have always managed archaeological sites, sacred sites, and traditional use areas.
Before the existence of the CRPP, the CTUIR's traditional practices and values were not recognized by many agencies and archaeologists charged with managing cultural resources. Today, most agencies understand their responsibility to consult with the CTUIR and other tribes. Although we still need to reach more agencies, we have succeeded in protecting hundreds of sites that would otherwise have been damaged.