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Cultural Preservation Program

Welcome to the Cultural Preservation Program

Salt River Community Garden

Our Vision

The Cultural Preservation Program (CPP) vision is to:

  1. Protect and Preserve culturally significant places both inside and outside of the Community’s borders.
  2. Educate Community and any interested entities on cultural values, protocols, and significance through outreach and consultation.
  3. Create a greater awareness of O'odham/Piipaash lifestyles prior to Spanish contact.

Our Mission

The Cultural Preservation Program (CPP) mission is to gather, protect, and preserve our traditional cultural knowledge that is the foundation of our ways of life and is a cornerstone of our tribal sovereignty. The CPP will use traditional cultural knowledge to guide us in educating the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and other entities through cultural resource consultation, preservation, and repatriation efforts. This allows us to provide guidance in future decisions that may affect the health and vitality of cultural affairs of the O’odham and Piipaash of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.


Mortar and Pestle

The Cultural Preservation Program (CPP) responsibilities are primarily to work within the framework of laws (Federal, State and Tribal) to identify, protect and preserve Cultural Resources. These are accomplished through continued consultation with federal, state, and tribal agencies for projects on and off the Community. The protection and preservation of existing evidence of our Huhugam Ancestors and culture in the ancestral lands of the O’Odham and Piipaash is imperative.

Education and Outreach

Introduction to Archaeology

Introduction to Archaeology is a lecture series established to share information regarding archaeological studies or projects specific to the O’odham and/or Piipaash. This lecture series is intended for a layperson audience without a professional or academic background in archaeology. SRPMIC tribal members are the primary target audience but non-tribal members are welcome as well.

Please call (480) 362-6325 for more information.