Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO)

The Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (hereinafter called the "Getegitigaaning Ojibwe Nation") Historic Preservation Office was established for the purpose of protecting, regulating, and maintaining the Cultural and Historic resources of the tribe. 

On December 12, 2003, the Getegitigaaning Ojibwe Nation became the 43rd THPO (Tribal Historic Preservation Office) through the National Park Service under the National Historic Preservation Act. Today there are currently 200+ Tribal Historic Preservation Offices nation-wide. The Getegitigaaning THPO, through this appointment, has assumed all responsibilities previously carried out by the SHPO (State Historic Preservation Office), and now regulates its own cultural and historic resources within the exterior boundaries of the reservation lands. This status applied to all reservation lands including, trust, fee, and tribally owned lands. the main goal of the THPO is to protect, document, map and PRESERVE all known cultural, historic, and archaeological sites of the tribal lands, there is a permit process in place for all under-takings within the exterior boundaries of the reservation. Under-takings are defined as: Any type of activity that has the potential to cause adverse effects on historic properties. Permit applications are available at the THPO office and must be utilized for all projects within the exterior boundaries of the reservation. 

Anyone aware of Archaeological, Historical, Culturally Significant and/or Sacred Sites within the exterior boundaries of the reservation is encouraged to contact the Getegitigaaning Ojibwe National Tribal Historic Preservation Office.


Alina Shively
THPO Director

P: 906.358.0137
Cell# 906.287.0448

Lisa McGeshick
THPO Deputy

P: 906.358.4250

Richard Siewertsen
Cultural/Language Revitalization

P: 906.358.0137


Getegitigaaning Ojibwe Nation

Tribal Historic Preservation Office

E23709 US HWY 2 West,

Watersmeet, MI 49969

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