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Quapaw Tribe, Arkansas National Guard Sign Agreement For Protecting Cultural, Historical Resources

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Quapaw Tribe, Arkansas National Guard Sign Agreement For Protecting Cultural, Historical Resources

(January 15, 2014) -- The Quapaw Tribe and the Arkansas National Guard signed an agreement today toward protecting and enhancing sacred sites and other historical and cultural resources in the state of Arkansas, where the Quapaws lived for hundreds of years prior to Arkansas' statehood.

Quapaw Chairman John L. Berrey, and Major General William D. Wofford, Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard, inked a memorandum that said, in part:

The Arkansas National Guard will provide for the Tribe’s meaningful involvement in the development and implementation of the Statewide Arkansas Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan (ICRMP). The Arkansas National Guard will develop and implement strategies in consultation and collaboration with the Tribe, to avoid, minimize or mitigate adverse effects to cultural resources as specified in the statewide ICRMP.

The tribe has made similar agreements with other federal agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers in Arkansas as well as other states, Chairman Berrey said.

"It is especially important to us in Arkansas because that was our original homeland long before we were moved to northeast Oklahoma in the 1800s," Berrey said. "There are hundreds of years of historical sites, known and unknown, featuring Quapaw artifacts, villages, hunting and farming grounds, and burial sites of our ancestors. We hope to identity and preserve as many of them as possible, and this agreement with the Arkansas National Guard will help greatly."

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