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Preserving Cultural Resources

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is committed to playing a pivotal role in preserving cultural resources for future generations by taking historic preservation into account when planning and executing our operations. CBP follows the rule and spirit of Federal laws, regulations, and Executive Orders – including the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and its implementing regulations at 36 CFR § 800, as well as through DHS Directives System Directive 017-01: Historic Preservation in Asset Management and Operations (Directive 017-01) and DHS Directives System Instruction 017-01-001: Guide on the Historic Preservation in Asset Management and Operations (Instruction 017-01-001) – to preserve and enhance historic properties and sacred sites for future generations by taking historic preservation into account in planning and executing facility and operational activities.

To safeguard traditional and cultural resources and their respectful treatment, CBP promotes communication and partnerships with Tribal groups, the private sector, and relevant government entities. Effective communication about CBP’s programs is paramount to reducing conflicts with the public and promoting CBP’s commitments to the American public.

Please see additional links to the right for more on CBP's efforts in this area.