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Interior Department announces $5.7M in tribal preservation grants

Window Rock, Arizona, serves as the capital of the Navajo Nation. Photo: Ron Cogswell

More than 160 tribes across the nation are benefiting from $5.7 million in historic preservation grants.

Secretary Ryan Zinke, the new leader of the Department of the Interior, announced the grants on Thursday. He said the funds will help tribes carry out cultural and heritage projects on their homelands.

"Through valuable partnerships we are able to assist communities and tribes in ensuring the diverse historic places, culture and traditions that make our country unique are protected for future generations," Zinke said in a press release.

The tribal grants range from $27,240 for the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe to $57,505 for the Navajo Nation. Projects include an oral history project with elders from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

States and U.S. territories also received grants from the program, which is funded entirely from fees collected on off-shore drilling.