Indiana will receive a $495,000 share of a National Park Service historic preservation grant program. The $32.6 million in funding includes every state and 160 Native American tribes. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, which has sovereign territory in northern Indiana and is based across the state border in Dowagiac, Michigan, will receive $30,931.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke says "fees collected from drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf help fund important conservation tools like these grants. The Department of the Interior and the National Park Service are committed to preserving U.S. and tribal history and heritage. Through valuable partnerships we are able to assist communities and tribes in ensuring the diverse historic places, culture and traditions that make our country unique are protected for future generations."
The fund was launched in 1977 and have since provided more than $1.2 billion in state, tribal, local government and nonprofit support.
Funding is supported by Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenues, not tax dollars, with intent to mitigate the loss of a non-renewable resource to benefit the preservation of other irreplaceable resources.
You can connect to more about the program, including a full list of recipients by clicking here.