Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO)

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (LLBO) is committed to protecting cultural heritage, as it is one of the central features that define human existence. While most people envision archaeology purely as ancient artifacts buried beneath deep layers of earth, archaeology also encompasses historical components. The term cultural resource includes both prehistoric and historic contexts as well as Traditional Cultural Properties. Our department is dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting, and understanding our collective past.

The Cultural Resources Department:

  • Heritage Sites Program
  • Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO)


The Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) is a federally appointed agent who oversees cultural resources within Reservation boundaries and advises federal, state, and county agencies in the management of cultural and historic properties throughout the region. The THPO works with the Tribal Archaeologist to ensure that all cultural properties are protected and preserved under current historic preservation legislation, including federal, state, and tribal regulations and ordinances. Under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (http://www.achp.gov/nhpa.html), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (http://www.epa.gov/compliance/nepa/), and other legislation, all governmentally associated ground disturbing activities must be reviewed for cultural resource sensitivity, just as they are reviewed for environmental sensitivity.

Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (218) 335-2940

Division of Resource Management (218) 335-7400