NRHP Nomination for Archaeological Site 21BL0289
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.
Hiring of a professional historian to complete research and documentation of an archaeological site of a Woodland Period fishing camp (1,000-3,000 years ago), in preparation for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
There are very few sites of this quality in the Bemidji area/region that are also located in a public setting. Because of this the County feels that this site is not only in need of recognition and preservation, but provides an important educational and interpretive opportunity for native cultures in an area that is at the center of three major tribal reservations (Leech Lake, Red Lake, and White Earth). The completion of the nomination is the first step towards these interpretive goals.
The nomination of the site will have a lasting impact as it will afford a significant archaeological and cultural resource lasting recognition and protection. Beltrami County is dedicated to assuring the future protection of the site. To that end, the National Register nomination funded by this grant is the first step in the County's plan to continue to work to protect, stabilize, interpret, and manage the site.