Darrah Perez

THPO Open House to Bring Cultural Awareness

THPO Open House to Bring Cultural Awareness

Tomorrow, November 14, 2016 will begin the Open House for the Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office. The NA-THPO Open House is set to begin tomorrow morning with an elder prayer to start at 9:30a.m., with speakers talking throughout the morning. 

A tour of the new building will begin at 11:30a.m. with lunch served. Sponsored by the National Park Service Grant, NA-THPO has been in existence since 2001. The program was founded by Darlene Conrad, who passed on earlier this year with NA-THPO giving credit to her and her family.

Over an interview with Yufna Soldier Wolf, she said, “Our Open House is directed to bring cultural awareness to educate the community about who we are as tribal people. There are many people who don’t really know what our program is about or where we are located, so our Open House will give them that idea.”

The Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office would like to show the community what they have been working on and share their future plans.

NA-THPO works with the Arapaho Tribes Archeology and NAGPRA Projects who are currently working on bringing three tribal children buried at Carlisle Indian Industrial School back to the Wind River Reservation.

There will be displays of projects the program has worked on at the Riverton Museum on Tuesday all day with presentations by Delvin Oldman, Yufna Soldier Wolf, and Fawn Sanchez; speaking on the topics of things the NA-THPO is involved in.

They will finish the week out with cultural activities for small children and tours of the building offices to meet the employees. All are encouraged to stop in and meet the staff there at the Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office located at 1010 S. Rail Road Avenue.

From the Wind River Reservation, this is Darrah Perez.