This paper describes my involvement in heritage resource preservation. It explains my role in preservation and the personal perspective that I have attained through my personal experiences. The paper then reviews legislative acts passed by Congress that are relevant to tribal heritage resources. The origin and nature of the tribal and federal relationship is documented. Applicable case law is examined to determine the extension of tribal control over heritage resources located on reservation lands.
The paper examines regulations that are in place at the tribal level and alternative agreements affecting control over heritage resources. Tribal history is considered as a factor in the regulation of heritage resources. Options and recommendations are provided for tribal involvement in the regulation of heritage resources.