Chukchansi receives grant for historic preservation

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians was one of 17 tribes throughout the United States to receive a Historic Preservation Grant from the National Park Service this week. This is the second year in a row the Chukchansi tribe was awarded a Historic Preservation Grant earning $48,135 for the Tribe’s Natural Culture Resource Department.

The funds will be used to perform an archeological survey of the Picayune Rancheria land enabling the tribe to recreate and record its precious historic sites located on the Picayune Rancheria. The tribe’s Natural Culture Resource Department will also conduct extensive background research on the Picayune Rancheria for preservation of history.

“The Historic Preservation Grant will help the tribe gain a better understanding of our history on our land,” said Reggie Lewis, chairman of one of the tribe’s faction councils.

“We are also working toward building a museum where we will be able to share our culture with the public and this grant will help enhance that experience for everyone.”

Tribal member Mary Motola, who serves as the Natural Cultural Resource Director and is the tribal historic preservation officer for the tribe, is working with representatives from federal, state and local authorities regarding the effect of building and modernization in tribal historical areas.

This is the 18th year the National Park Service has offered the grants to federally-recognized Indian tribes with revenue from federal oil leases.