Cassandra J. Atencio, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Coordinator, Cultural Preservation Department for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. I have been in my job capacity since November 3, 2013. , I entered into this position under the Apprenticeship Program (AP) and was mentored by the late Alden B. Naranjo, Jr., who was also my father. I apprenticed for 3 years, and then took over the position on April 3, 2016, and Mr. Naranjo semi-retired. The AP which included cultural knowledge, shadowing and any training that was geared around cultural resources in current laws and regulations.
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (link removed, replaced by Title 54 of the United States Code) requires tribal consultation in all steps of the process when a federal agency project or effort may affect historic properties that are either located on tribal lands, or when any Native American tribe or Native Hawaiian organization attaches religious or cultural significance to the historic property, regardless of the property’s location. Removal to reservations did not lessen the connection to cultural landscapes that are located within ancestral homelands and aboriginal territory.