The Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) works with federal agencies, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations to address critical consultation issues.

This office’s primary responsibilities include:

  • advising the ACHP’s chairman, members, executive director, and staff on policy matters and historic preservation issues affecting Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHOs)
  • providing technical assistance and outreach in the Section 106 review process
  • participating in interagency initiatives targeting Native American issues

What does ONAA do?

ONAA’s staff supports the ACHP in a number of ways, from policy development and project review to training and education.

  • ONAA staff participates in the Section 106 review process when there are issues or concerns about an historic property with tribal or Native Hawaiian significance
  • representing the ACHP, ONAA works with outside organizations, including the White House Council on Native American Affairs, on interagency and policy initiatives
  • in order to facilitate consultation with Indian tribes and NHOs, ONAA staff regularly develops guidance materials to assist federal agencies and Section 106 participants; all of these materials are available on the ACHP’s website at