Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation Cultural/THPO Department

Mission Statement: To protect, preserve and enhance the spiritual, cultural, physical values, and resources of the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation by maintaining the customs, traditions, and heritage of our ancestors.

 

Vision Statement: To provide comprehensive effective and excellent services to our tribe, tribal members, community members, and to maintain a strong tribal community.

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Mission

The Department of the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation Cultural Preservation is to ensure the preservation and protection of the Tribe's heritage from destruction through a process of government-to-government consultation involving various local, state, and federal agencies and stakeholders within the Tribe’s Territory.  The Department shall safeguard the interests of the Tribe, enhance the sovereignty of the Tribe, and exercise stewardship over those resources committed to it by the Tribe and other jurisdictions. 

 

Functions 

The Department of Cultural Preservation shall: 

 

  1. Protect and preserve the cultural heritage and history of the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation. 

    1. Consolidate management and protection of aesthetic, cultural, historic, recreation, and other traditional values into an integrated resources management plan for the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation.

    2. Establish, maintain, and implement a tribal inspector or monitoring program for the protection of tribal resources.

  1. Provide for effective communication and dissemination of information regarding cultural preservation to the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation enrolled members.

    1. Update tribal website with information on the department of cultural preservation.

    2. Disseminate information on cultural preservation via the tribal newsletter.  


 

  1. Represent the Tribe regarding cultural preservation, cultural resources, and cultural heritage issues through public boards, committees, government-to-government consultations, and other forums within the scope of the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation’s mission. 

    1. Voice the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation’s concerns and/or comments at public hearings and project scope meetings. 

    2. Consult with agencies whose undertakings impact cultural resources within the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation’s territory. 

    3. Disseminate appropriate information in a public or private forum on cultural heritage and history of the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation.

    4. Implement the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation’s traditional and ecological knowledge with participating agencies and other Tribes.


 

  1.  National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

    1.  Review and comment on environmental documents of Federal, State, County, and City agencies within the ancestral homelands of the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation on proposed project effects on tribal resources.

    2. Log all consultation correspondences. 


 

  1. Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA Cal-NAGPRA, AB275 Assembly Bill)

    1. Consult with museums, state, and federal agencies to return cultural items, human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and/or objects of cultural patrimony to the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation that are currently held in federal, state, private, and international collections throughout the nation and world.

 

** To report an archaeological site, site vandalism, looting, or for more information about Miwuk history and traditional lifeways, please contact Southern Sierra Miwuk Cultural Preservation.  **

 

 

Contact Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation

 

By Email

preservation@southernsierramiwuknation.org

By Phone

209-966-3245

©2019 by Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation. Updated 11/19/2022.