Board Member Vacancy – Cultural Preservation Board

The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes is seeking one (1) interested individual who is a member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes or a descendant of a member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes to serve as a board member for the Cultural Preservation. The individual will be appointed to a one (1) year term and may be reappointed as a three year staggered terms when the initial term expire. Please send a letter of interest and resume documenting education and/or experience related to the position. The letter and resume must be sent to The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, Attn:  Myles Stephenson Jr., Secretary, P.O. Box 729, Anadarko, OK  73005 or by email at myles.stephenson@wichitatribe.com by January 31, 2024.

THE CULTURAL PRESERVATION BOARD
Establishment and Selection of the Cultural Preservation Board
There is hereby established a Cultural Preservation Board, to be composed of five (5) members.  The Wichita Tribe’s Cultural Preservation Board will be selected by the Executive Committee, provided that no less than two (2) Board members shall be current members of the Executive Committee, as defined by Article V of the Wichita Governing Resolution.  The Executive Committee shall establish procedures for application to the Board, which may include such requirements as requiring candidates to submit letters of interest and resumes to the Executive Committee.

Cultural Preservation Board Member Qualifications
All Board members shall be Members of the Wichita Tribe or descendants of members of the Wichita Tribe, or in any event selected pursuant to Indian preference guidelines, and shall possess a historical knowledge of tribal lands including allotments, properties, cemeteries and ancestral burial plots.  Board members must have a knowledge of cultural and traditional aspects of Wichita people and an ability to provide relevant guidance to the THPO.

Term
Members of the Board shall each hold office for a term of three (3) years, provided that no Executive Committee member concurrently serving as a Board member pursuant to this Chapter shall serve on the Board for a term longer than their elected term; at the conclusion of such elected term, a vacancy shall exist on the Board, with an alternate to be appointed pursuant to § 3-306 to occupy the position for the remainder of the departing member’s three-year term.  Although all Board members may initially be appointed at the same time, the terms of the Board members shall be staggered so that no more than two (2) members shall be eligible for reappointment during any single term year.  The Executive Committee shall designate the renewal terms for each Board member at the time of their initial appointment, again upon their reappointment, and upon the appointment of a successor for any Board member.  With the exception of Executive Committee members who have completed their terms of office, nothing in this section prevents a Board member from serving consecutive terms.

Duties of the Cultural Preservation Board
The Cultural Preservation Board’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Work cooperatively with the THPO to ensure protection of tribally historic and culturally relevant resources; and
  2. Advise the THPO regarding the National Register nomination and appeals process; and
  3. Provide access to appropriate qualified professionals to offer advice during the review of any historic properties including but not limited to legal professionals, resource specialists, tribal operations and tribal governance; and
  4. Provide advice on the direction and priorities of the program including obtaining federal funding and the repatriation of Cultural Resources; and
  5. Perform other duties (as may be appropriate) to assist the THPO in its operations and in resolving any NHPA issues that require the Board’s input.
  6. Review the Tribal Historic Preservation Plan annually for currentness.

Duties of Cultural Preservation Board Off Reservation
To the maximum extent possible, the Board and the THPO are authorized and required to participate in the identification, evaluation, review or permitting process of any undertaking or project that may affect any off-reservation cultural resource related to the Wichita Tribe.  The Cultural Preservation Board and its members serve in a subordinate, advisory manner to the Executive Committee pursuant to Article V of the Wichita Governing Resolution.  As such, neither the Board nor any Board member is permitted to enter into or negotiate contracts on behalf of the Wichita Tribe or the THPO.