Local tribes receive grants from National Park Service

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The National Park Service announced in March how they will disperse nearly $9 million in historic preservation grants to American Indians tribes.

Two local tribes are receiving a portion of the dough.

Recently, local tribes have been in the news for awarding grants -- but now the Coquille Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians get to be on the receiving end of the deal.

The Confederated Tribes were awarded nearly $49,000, while the Coquille Tribe was given just over $43,000.

The grants go to historic preservation offices across the nation to support the protection of significant tribal places, culture and tradition.

"It's a great opportunity for the tribes to be able to go out and survey their Tribal lands, and look for cultural resources," said Confederated Tribes archeologist Stacy Scott.

Grant funding in recent years helped the Confederated Tribes purchase a high-tech ground penetrating radar.

By identifying where artifacts lie beneath the earth the tribes can verify their history.

"Some of the stuff that I thought I knew where it was at ... we couldn't locate it; and I have a great hope that this is going to do it," said Confederated Tribes Chief Warren Brainard.

Grants also provide money for research and archiving.

A total of eight Oregon tribes received grants this year.

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