Tribal Historic Preservation Grant
In July 2011, the Historic Preservation Office was awarded a Tribal Historic Preservation Grant by the National Park Service. Funding from this 18-month grant supported much-needed archaeological research on the early 19th-century Delaware villages in southwestern Missouri. The grant also supported the travel for some tribal members to participate in the field work carried out in Fall 2011 by the Center for Archaeological Research at Missouri State University (CAR-MSU). The results of this archaeological field work will allow us to better document the Delaware settlements and cemeteries in southwest Missouri and nominate them for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
On May 15, 2012, Marcie Venter of CAR-MSU presented a lecture at the Delaware Community Center in Bartlesville, OK, detailing the results of the project. The technical report on the project is being prepared and should be completed in late summer 2012, and this data will be incorporated with a Missouri State-designed web site called “Where the Wilson Meets the James” to provide a web-based picture of the Delaware occupation in southwest Missouri designed for a general audience.