Delaware Nation is proud to announce that as of December 2022, we have officially re-established our Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) status with the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior. The National Park Service (NPS) Tribal Historic Preservation Program reviews and approves applications from federally recognized tribes to establish THPOs under Section 101 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and enters into Memoranda of Agreement with approved tribes. Katelyn Lucas initiated this process on behalf of Delaware Nation’s historic preservation office last year, and President Deborah Dotson has now signed our MOA confirming Delaware Nation’s ability to assume THPO responsibilities. Katelyn Lucas has been named Delaware Nation’s tribal historic preservation officer who will, along with historic preservation director Carissa Speck, continue the tribe’s efforts to identify and protect historic and cultural resources in Lenape homelands and across our states of interest along Delaware Nation’s forced removal pathway.