Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Passes Resolution Designating the Straits of Mackinac as a Traditional Cultural Property
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi passed a Tribal Council Resolution yesterday designating the Straits of Mackinac as a Traditional Cultural Property.
A Traditional Cultural Property – or TCP – is a property that is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places based on its associations with the cultural practices, traditions, beliefs, lifeways, arts, crafts, or social institutions of a living community.
The NHBP Tribal Environmental Advisory Committee initiated a resolution to protect the sensitive cultural and historically significant area from the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline and proposed tunnel that lies within the Straits of Mackinac. The Straits of Mackinac – both the terrestrial and submerged bottomland – has a significant impact on NHBP’s history, culture, and identity.
The resolution allows the NHBP Tribal Historic Preservation Officer to compile additional research potentially culminating in the submission of a TCP application for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. A fundamental responsibility of the THPO is to exercise the sovereign right to identify and define NHBP traditional cultural properties on our own terms, even if it doesn’t meet the qualifications and standards for federal acceptance onto the NRHP.
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