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Posted: 11/27/2009

Pokagon Band Of Potawatomi Indians

Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO)
Professional Opportunity
Dowagiac, MI

The Pokagon Band Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (PB THPO) is responsible for implementing the Bands Historic Preservation Program, identifying specific tribal goals, objectives, and activities to promote historic and cultural preservation, and carrying out the tribes responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Principal Duties

Meet Monthly with the Pokagon Band Traditions/Repatriation Committee which acts as the designated Historic Preservation Program Advisory Review Board.

Responsible for carrying out the Pokagon Bands assumed responsibilities pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Promote and support the Bands cultural and historic preservation interests and priorities, as outlined in the Pokagon Band Historic Preservation Plan, and maintain and see to the regular review and update of the Plan.

Maintain the Pokagon Bands Inventory of Historic and Cultural Resources, help develop the Inventory format and database, and identify resources and data to be included.

Develop a protocol on the data to be included in the Inventory, covering issues such as resources that are appropriate to track in the Inventory, when to add items into the Inventory, and the information needed for each resource within the Inventory.

Identify and add to the Inventory historic and cultural resources within both the Bands trust land and Tribally-owned non-trust land.

Identify historically- and culturally-significant resources within the Bands federally-mandated 10-county service delivery area in Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana, as well as outside the service area if appropriate.

Integrate the Inventory with the Bands current Geographic Information System (GIS), utilizing the services of a consultant to ensure that the Inventory will retain the needed data in a manner that is accessible to the THPO Program but secure from unauthorized users.

Monitor all development, maintenance, or other activities initiated by the Band that may impact historic or cultural resources on tribal land.

Monitor all development, maintenance, or other activities initiated by entities outside the Band that may impact historic or cultural resources on tribal land.

Monitor as well activities outside of tribal land which may impact resources of historic or cultural significance to the Band.

Develop and maintain relationships with other tribes, with Native American and tribal historic preservation and repatriation organizations, and with other appropriate agencies, which have a shared interest in historic and cultural resources in the Pokagon Bands current and traditional territory in Indiana and Michigan.

Develop relationships with the Indiana and Michigan State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs).

Develop relationships with local units of government in the vicinity of the Pokagon Bands trust land and tribally-owned non-trust land

Develop and maintain a cooperative and professional relationship with the National Park Service in carrying out these duties and activities.

Attend trainings in historic preservation and the NHPA.

Provide information, education, and training in historic preservation and the NHPA to the advisory board and the tribal community.

Promote communication and raise the level of awareness within the Pokagon Band of historic preservation issues.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelors Degree; or equivalent experience and knowledge of historic and cultural preservation issues, regulations, and activities

Good communication skills, both verbal and written.

Willingness to travel frequently in Southwest Michigan/Northern Indiana region.

Must have a valid drivers license and be able to meet the minimum insurance requirements regarding driving record in order to utilize GSA vehicles.

Preferred Qualifications

College study in historic and cultural preservation, archaeology or anthropology.

Ability to work with a Geographic Information System (GIS).

Indian Preference: Pokagon Band Indian preference policies apply.

The Tribal Historic Preservation Officer reports directly to the Environmental Coordinator.

Must be willing to submit to and pass an alcohol/drug screening and criminal background check.

OPen until
none given

How to apply
To Apply: Send cover letter stating position of interest, resume and three employment references. Include a copy of any required credentials, degrees or licenses. Enrolled members of the Pokagon Band of Potawalomi Indians must include copy of tribal card. An employment application may be retrieved from website or the Pokagon Band Administration Office at 58620 Sink Road Dowagiac. Please visit our website at www.pokagon.com for more information. Mail To: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Attn.: Human Resources, PO Box 180, Dowagiac, MI 49047. E-mail resumes to hrjobs@pokagon.com or fax resumes to 269-782-4253. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians exercises Native American hiring preference. Only those meeting minimum qualifications and requirements of the Tribe will be invited to interview.

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