Traditional Cultural Places


“Traditional cultural places” (TCPs) play an important role in community cultural traditions, beliefs, and activities. TCPs must be considered in planning under the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, Executive Orders 12898 and 13007, and other authorities. Review methods of identifying TCPs, discuss evaluation for National Register eligibility, and explore management issues.

Detailed Agenda


Claudia Nissley, president, C. Nissley Environmental Consultants; a nationally recognized expert in cultural heritage laws and practices; author, educator, and consultant; former executive manager with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and governor-appointed Wyoming State Historic Preservation Officer

Evaluation Comments

“[I learned] the breadth of property types and settings that constitute TCPs.”

“[The seminar] gave many practical examples of real TCPs and how they were established and/or managed or mitigated.”

“Provided ideas on developing a TCP plan and explained general tendencies that will help eliminate mistakes.”

“[This seminar] was in no way a dry presentation of “laws and guidelines” [but gave] very good real situation examples.”


Managers responsible for compliance requirements; tribal leaders; preservation and environmental contractors; community planners.

Related Trainings

Archaeological Curation and Collections Management
Cultural Landscapes: An Introduction
Cultural Landscapes: Advanced Tools for Managing Change
NAGPRA and ARPA: Applications and Requirements
NAGPRA Essentials
NAGPRA Grant Proposal Development
NAGPRA: Preparing for and Writing Grant Proposals
Native America 101
Native American Cultural Property Law
Section 106: An Introduction
Section 106: A Review for Experienced Pratitioners
Section 106: Agreement Documents

Locations and Dates

  • In-person seminars will resume in 2023; please check back for updatesClick here or go to About NPI for an update.
  • Austin, TX
    May 14-15, 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19; to be rescheduled in 2023
    offered in conjunction with
    Section 106: Agreement Documents
    in cooperation with Preservation Texas,
    the Texas Historical Commission,
    and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Madison, WI
    September 24-25, 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19; to be rescheduled in 2023
    offered in conjunction with
    Section 106: Agreement Documents
    in cooperation with 
    The Wisconsin Historical Society

Location, Hours, and Hotels

Confirmation of registration is sent out to registered participants one month prior to the seminar date. The confirmation includes the seminar location, hours, and a list of conveniently located hotels. Seminars generally are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is recommended at least 6 weeks prior to the seminar to secure a place and to avoid cancellations due to low enrollment.

Cost (see Register for more information)

$550 (6-week advance registration); $600 (regular registration)
Discounted rates are available for multiple seminars taken during the same week.

Customized/On-Site Training

NPI also offers this seminar as customized on-site training to meet specific organizational needs. Seminars can be tailored to create single- or multiple-day workshops at a location and time convenient to the sponsor. Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or for further information.

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