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Tribal Historic Preservation is a means of protecting and honoring the traditional cultural properties (TCP), ceremonies, practices and ways of life of our ancestors on this land.  Ensuring Wampanoag Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) continues to be shared within our community in order to preserve the biodiversity of our lands and monitor use of our natural resources.  It is essential for Tribal Historic Preservation that Wampanoag people past and present are heard, and that an understanding of our values are shared and implemented into policy making decisions, so that we may continue to steward our land, sky and water.



Passed by Congress in 1990, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) requires the return of ancestral Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred or ceremonial objects, and articles of cultural patrimony.  The Wampanoag Tribe of Chappaquiddick remains dedicated to preserving its culture and history through education and Indigenous land stewardship.  Through this act we are able to promote a relationship of learning and reciprocity between Chappaquiddick Wampanoags of the Island and the greater Martha's Vineyard community.  

Please contact attn: Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) Alexis Moreis to share any found artifacts, ceremonial objects and articles of cultural patrimony, or if you would be interested in arranging for an archaeological survey. This does not risk any rights to your property, but allows us to protect our Wampanoag culture.

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