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Updated: March 22, 2023

$1.3M in historic preservation grants includes funds for tribal communities

Four Maine tribal communities and the Maine State Historic Preservation Office will share $1.3 million in federal funding awarded by the National Park Service's Historic Preservation Fund. 

The Maine State Historic Preservation Office was awarded $877,873. The other recipients are the Passamaquoddy Tribe, which received $117,521; the Penobscot Nation ($113,769); the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians ($103,705); and the Mi’kmaq Nation, which received $96,176.

Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King (portraits side by side).
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U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine.

“Maine’s history began thousands of years ago as the homeland of the Wabanaki. Maine’s tribal communities have a rich culture and a proud heritage, and this funding will support their efforts to pass down their intricate artwork, unique languages, and other traditions to younger generations,” U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, said in a joint statement Monday.

"In addition, this investment by the National Park Services will help the State Historic Preservation Office continue its historical preservation and education,” the statement added. “The office identifies, evaluates, and protects Maine’s significant cultural resources and is well deserving of this funding.”
The Historic Preservation Fund, established in 1975, has provided more than $2.7 billion in historic preservation grants to states, Tribes, local governments, and nonprofit organizations.

Administered by the National Park Service, grant programs may be appropriated from the fund by Congress to support a variety of projects to help preserve the nation’s cultural resources and history.

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