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Home arrowNews arrowFederal and State Preservation Officers Honored with Interior Secretary Awards

Federal and State Preservation Officers Honored with Interior Secretary Awards

June 17-Washington, D.C.-Four preservation officers today received Historic Preservation Awards from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for their outstanding efforts to protect America's diverse cultural and historical heritage. Created by the National Historic Preservation Act, the awards are the only congressionally mandated, cabinet-level recognition program acknowledging the dedication and expertise of historic preservation professionals within federal, tribal, state, and local government agencies.

This year's winners are the following:

Federal Preservation Office Category - Brian Jordan, Ph.D., Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of the Interior
Brian Jordan helped identify some of the most challenging historic properties, submerged paleocultural landscapes, which in turn have shone a spotlight on tribal culture on the Outer Continental Shelf.

State Historic Preservation Officer Category - Melvena Heisch, Oklahoma Historical Society
Melvena Heisch has been with the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office for 40 years - none more memorable than 1995, when, though severely wounded in the Oklahoma City bombing, she helped retain and restore many of the 324 buildings damaged or destroyed in the 16-block blast radius.

Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Category - Loretta Jackson-Kelly, Hualapai Tribal Nation
Loretta Jackson-Kelly has helped develop training programs for tribal members to learn about Hualapai culture and language, in turn aiding them in integrating traditional and modern lifeways of the Hualapai.

Certified Local Government Coordinator Category - Nancy Hiestand, City of Bloomington, Indiana
As the preservation officer for Bloomington for 22 years, Nancy Hiestand has helped protect historic structures, while properly accommodating and encouraging new uses and development.

Updated September 8, 2016